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V. Educational Goals by Year

Educational Goals for the PGY-3 Year

The Psychiatry Residency PGY-3 year is an outpatient year and consists of one day a week of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, one day a week of continuity clinic, and the remainder of the time in adult outpatient psychiatry rotations, including geriatric and addiction psychiatry rotations. The general goals of the PGY-3 year are to provide residents with supervised experience (a) in the assessment and treatment of adult outpatients with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses, using a variety of treatment modalities, including pharmacotherapy, short- and long-term individual psychotherapies, and couples, family, and group therapies; (b) in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with a wide range of psychiatric and behavioral conditions; (c) evaluating and formulating initial treatment plans for elderly patients presenting with psychiatric disorders or symptoms, assessing their functional abilities, and working with their families and caregivers; (d) assessing and treating patients with substance use disorders, including learning motivational interviewing and gaining experience with group therapy; and (e) further developing skills and knowledge in psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy.

Specific goals for the PGY-3 year include the goals listed for the PGY-1 and PGY-2 years, in addition to the resident's being able to:

  1. Effectively evaluate, diagnose, and formulate treatment plans for children, adolescents, adults, and elderly individuals in outpatient psychiatric settings, including patients with substance use disorders.
  2. Work effectively with a multidisciplinary outpatient team and with the patient's family, caregivers, and other care providers.
  3. Engage the patient and, as appropriate, the family and/or caregivers, in treatment; sustain a therapeutic alliance; and guide the patient through the process to termination.
  4. Effectively use psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches, alone and in combination.
  5. Display awareness of his or her own responses to patients (countertransference) and use these responses productively in treatment.
  6. Relate to patients and their families, as well as other members of the health care team with compassion, respect, and professional integrity, and display sensitivity to the sociocultural context of patients' illnesses.
  7. Display a commitment to excellent patient care, teaching medical students and junior residents, 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.

Satisfactory completion of the PGY-3 year requires:

  1. Satisfactory completion of an additional 12 months of training, consisting of 2-3 months FTE Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and 9-10 months FTE Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, including one day a week of long-term continuity clinic and 1-2 months FTE each of Addiction and Geriatric Psychiatry.
  2. Ratings of "proficient" or better in all categories of the Outpatient Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Addiction Psychiatry, and Geriatric Psychiatry evaluation forms.
  3. Ratings of "emerging" or better in all categories of the evaluation form for Continuity Clinic.
  4. Satisfactory completion of both the Basic Analytic Psychotherapy (BAP) and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) seminars.
  5. Satisfactory progress towards fulfilling the ACGME psychotherapy competencies.
  6. Attendance at 70% of scheduled didactics sessions OR 85% or more of didactic sessions for which the resident is not excused (e.g. for vacation, illness, post-call, on call).
  7. Satisfactory completion of at least 3 Clinical Skills Assessments, completion of a "mock Board" examination, and completion of the PRITE examination.
  8. Evidence of compassionate, respectful, professional, and ethical behavior as well as openness to feedback and supervision.

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