The Residency Education & Training Committee includes: chief residents, faculty members, directors of each clinical training site, director of residency education and representatives of the Divisions of Clinical Psychology and Social Work.
Our clinical education is structured to allow the resident sufficient flexibility to meet graduation requirements as well as to pursue individual needs and interests. Because the resident’s education is paramount, individual interests are actively encouraged and supported. Constant monitoring ensures that educational needs are not usurped by service needs. Didactics and supervision time are protected.
In addition to intensive clinical supervision, a PGY faculty coordinator is responsible for working with residents during each of the training program's four years. The coordinator is familiar with all aspects of the curriculum and rotations in that year and attempts to maximize each resident's learning experiences.
To obtain feedback on education and to prepare residents for boards, the program administers a written PRITE examination annually. Also, on each rotation, residents receive formal clinical interview observation and critique. These are all treated as learning opportunities and have contributed to a high success rate on subsequent specialty examinations.
Each block is 4 weeks long, making 13 blocks per year.
During intern year, PGY-1s spend 6 months rotating off-service on Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Neurology. Residents with an interest in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry have the option of doing one to three blocks of Pediatrics instead of Internal Medicine. The other 6-months are spent on inpatient psychiatry at VCU Medical Center and the McGuire VA Medical Center.
The VCU Inpatient Psychiatry Rotations are split into specific teams, according to the patient's presentation on admission. These teams include Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Geriatrics, Med/Psych, and STAT/Crisis Stabilization Unit. Residents will rotate through each team for at least 1 block over the course of their PGY-1 and 2 years.
More detailed information about the various Inpatient Psychiatry Teams.
The PGY-2 schedule is very flexible and residents are able to submit requests so that their schedule can be tailored to their specific interests. They are able to request extra time on any given rotation.
Throughout the year, PGY-2s see outpatients for psychotherapy. They will complete their rotation through each VCU Medical Center inpatient team, so that by the end of PGY-2 they will have rotated through every team. Residents also rotate through each of the subspecialty rotations for a minimum of 1 block.
All rotations done during the PGY-3 year are done on an outpatient basis. Each half day represents another "clinic." The General Psychiatry clinic and one psychotherapy clinic stay at the same time throughout the year. The other clinics change every 3-6 months.
More detailed information about Psychotherapy Training and Outpatient Psychiatry.
The PGY-4 year is divided into three blocks and includes continual outpatient psychotherapy. Our Electives Catalogue details the extensive list of available electives. As senior residents on the Consultation & Liaison service, PGY-4s rotate at both VCUHS and VAMC. The community psychiatry experience is through select local community service boards, which are Virginia's resource for public mental health care.
More detailed information about Consultation & Liaison Psychiatry & Outpatient Psychiatry
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