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Residency Policies & Procedures
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V. Educational Goals by Year

Educational Goals for the PGY-4 Year

The Psychiatry Residency PGY-4 year consists of the Continuity Clinic (at least one half-day per week), a Primary Care Consultation rotation, completion of any remaining required rotations, and elective rotations to allow the resident to explore his or her career interests. The general goals of the PGY-4 year are to: (a) complete all required training; (b) consolidate and further develop clinical skills in preparation for independent practice; (c) develop skills in consultation to primary care providers, managing and teaching them about the psychiatric and behavioral conditions in their patients; (d) develop the skills of life-long learning; (e) develop particular specialized knowledge; administrative, leadership, research, or teaching skills; and an understanding of practice settings and systems to facilitate further career development.

Specific goals for the PGY-4 year include the goals listed for the PGY-1, PGY-2, and PGY-3 years, in addition to the resident's being able to:

  1. Integrate knowledge, skills, conceptual and practical assessment and treatment approaches in providing effective, patient-focused clinical care
  2. Effectively and independently formulate treatment plans incorporating a variety of psychopharmacologic and psychotherapeutic modalities, alone and in combination
  3. Take responsibility for his/her own learning, keep up with and critically appraise the scientific literature relevant to psychiatry, and use research findings appropriately in the care of individual patients
  4. Provide consultation to primary care providers regarding the behavioral and/or psychiatric problems of their patients
  5. Display leadership in clinical care settings, administrative roles, teaching of medical students and junior residents, and supervision of other mental health care providers
  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 an understanding of practice settings, systems, and career options within psychiatry
  8. Display an understanding of his/her own limitations, a commitment to ongoing professional development, and openness to seeking appropriate supervision and consultation within and beyond residency

Satisfactory completion of the PGY-4 year requires:

  1. Satisfactory completion of a total of 48 months of training, including all rotations necessary to meet program graduation and Board requirements
  2. Ratings of "proficient" or better in all categories of the Continuity Clinic and Primary Care consultation evaluation forms, as well as in all elective rotations.
  3. Passing at least 3 Clinical Skills Assessments, passing a "mock Board" examination, and completion of the PRITE examination
  4. Satisfactory demonstration of all ACGME psychotherapy competencies, as assessed by the program's psychotherapy competency standards and evaluations
  5. Demonstration of life-long learning skills through journal club, completion of a scholarly project, and practice-based improvement activities and didactics
  6. Attendance at 70% of all 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. Participating in teaching PGY-1 residents in their didactics
  8. Evidence of compassionate, respectful, professional, and ethical behavior as well as openness to feedback and supervision

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