The Intern Year

Intern year is all about learning to function as a doctor. Six months of the year are spent in non-psychiatric training. In these off-service rotations, psychiatry interns operate as integral and respected members of the team.

  • Inpatient medicine or pediatrics at University Hospital. Inpatient medicine at ALM VA Hospital, and/or Brooke Army Medical Center (total of two months)
  • Inpatient and consults neurology (two months) at University Hospital, ALM VA Hospital, and/or Brooke Army Medical Center
  • Outpatient medicine (one month) at ALM VA Hospital or adolescent medicine (one month) at Brooke Army Medical Center
  • Emergency medicine (one month) at University Hospital

The other six months of year are spent on psychiatry rotations, which provide psychiatry interns a solid foundation in the management of acute and serious psychiatric conditions. These rotations are divided across the program’s three flagship hospitals and each provide unique experiences and patient populations.

  • Inpatient psychiatry (six months)
    • Brooke Army Medical Center (two months): exposure to the unique aspects of military psychiatry & introducing training in psychotherapy
    • ALM VA Hospital (two months): exposure to serious mental illness, substance use disorders, and posttraumatic stress disorder
    • University Hospital (one month): exposure to serious mental illness among vulnerable populations
  • Emergency psychiatry (one month) at ALM VA Hospital: triage of acute psychiatric crises