Second year is both challenging and rewarding, and is when many residents say they start really feeling like a psychiatrist. Four months of the year are spent in consult-liaison psychiatry rotations in various hospital settings, in which residents receive robust training in managing psychiatric symptoms and conditions in the medically ill and learn how to serve as consultants for other specialties. Two months are dedicated to more advanced inpatient training on the University Hospital psychiatric unit, including 3 weeks of night float. Residents spend one month of addiction psychiatry at Villa Serena, a residential rehabilitation facility for veterans with substance use disorders.
During second year, residents begin their weekly psychotherapy clinic, which continues through the rest of their residency training. Additionally, PGY2 residents receive a unique introduction to outpatient psychiatry on a 3-month longitudinal block rotating through various child/adolescent and geriatric psychiatry outpatient clinics.
The highlight of second year is two and a half months of elective time, providing residents the opportunity to explore their own interests in psychiatry. The program provides extensive and diverse options for clinical and research electives, which can be previewed here. Residents are also able to develop their own electives.