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V. Educational Goals by Year

Educational Goals for the PGY-1 Year*

The Psychiatry Residency PGY-1 year* consists of 4 months of Medicine and/or Pediatrics, 2 months Neurology (OR 1 month Neurology and 1 month approved Psychiatry elective), and 6 months Inpatient Psychiatry. The general goals of the PGY-1 year are to (a) provide residents with medical skills relevant to psychiatric practice and (b) provide residents with closely supervised experience in the evaluation for admission, diagnosis, and treatment of acutely ill psychiatric inpatients.

Specific goals for the PGY-1 year include the resident's being able to:

  1. Perform a complete medical and psychiatric history, mental status examination, and physical examination (including a thorough neurological examination), and to order appropriate diagnostic studies (ACGME Competency: Patient Care)
  2. Diagnose common medical, neurological, and psychiatric disorders and to formulate appropriate initial treatment plans (ACGME Competency: Patient Care)
  3. Provide limited, but appropriate, continuous care of patients with medical illnesses and make appropriate referrals (ACGME Competency: Patient Care)
  4. Be conversant with medical disorders displaying symptoms likely to be regarded as psychiatric, and with psychiatric disorders displaying symptoms likely to be regarded as medical (ACGME Competency: Knowledge)
  5. Evaluate patients presenting to psychiatric emergency services and, as appropriate, refer them for inpatient admission, evaluation for involuntary treatment, or other psychiatric care (ACGME Competency: Patient Care, Systems Based Practice)
  6. Relate to patients and their families, as well as other members of the health care team, with compassion, respect, and professional integrity (ACGME Competency: Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism)
  7. Display a commitment to excellent patient care, teaching medical students, and developing his or her own knowledge and skills through active participation in supervision and didactic sessions, as well as through critical appraisal and assimilation of scientific literature (ACGME Competency: Professionalism, Practice Based Learning and Improvement)

Satisfactory completion of the PGY-1 year requires:

  1. Satisfactory completion of 4 months clinical rotations in Medicine and/or Pediatrics, 2 months Neurology (OR 1 month Neurology and 1 month approved Psychiatry elective), and 6 months Inpatient Psychiatry
  2. Achievement of at least Level 1 milestones on all categories of the Inpatient Psychiatry evaluation form.
  3. Satisfactory evaluations of interpersonal skills and professionalism by at least two non-attending raters (e.g. nursing staff, social workers, other team members)
  4. Attendance at 70% or more of scheduled didactic sessions OR 85% or more of didactic sessions for which the resident is not excused (e.g. for vacation, illness, post-call, on call)
  5. Completion of an evidence based medicine presentation on a topic relevant to Psychiatry and/or a quality improvement exercise (generally done during the UWMC or VA Inpatient Psychiatry rotation)
  6. Evidence of compassionate, respectful, professional, and ethical behavior as well as openness to feedback and supervision
  7. Meeting criteria for indirect supervision with direct supervision available, as assessed by psychiatry attendings and training call residents

* or the first 6 months of Psychiatry residency in the case of residents entering at the PGY-2 level

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