Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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Clinical Rotations

Four Year Program
Half of the PGY-I class begins on medical rotations while the other half begins with psychiatry. Three month block rotations permit those residents who started on internal medicine to begin psychiatric rotations in October and vice versa. Hence, the maximum consecutive time away from psychiatry during the first year is three months. Didactic course work is reserved for Wednesday Mornings and an experiential support group meets biweekly throughout the first year. Residents on medicine rotations are given time off the service to attend these department-based activities. One of the three primary care months is an outpatient rotation.

The PGY-II year is an outpatient year divided accordingly:

  • 60% in the Columbia Hospital Psychotherapy Center
  • 20% in the Campus Clinic, an MCW Clinic
  • 10% in Geriatric Psychiatry at the VAMC
  • 10% PTSD Clinic at the VAMC

Courses and seminars are coordinated to minimize travel.

In the PGY-III year, residents complete one additional three-month inpatient rotation at one of four sites. The division of the inpatient rotations between the PGY-I and PGY-III years is rare among training programs. We believe having experienced residents returning to the inpatient service provides an added dimension to patient care and to teaching medical students. There are two-months of inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry which include family assessment and therapy. One month Addiction; and one month Child Consults at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
Consultation-Liaison is a five-month, 80% FTE rotation. Currently, there is a part time CBT rotation.

The PGY-IV year is viewed as a bridging and transitional year, where, in addition to clinical duties, the resident assumes greater responsibility for teaching, supervising, administration, and if desired, research.

The resident continues with long term outpatient cases and completes the second required month of neurology either through outpatient clinics or on the neurology consult service. Senior residents are required to supervise first and second year residents. Electives provide an opportunity for more intensive work in a myriad of clinical programs.

Three Year Program
Individuals are accepted into the three-year program if they have complete an accredited PGY-I training program with a minimum of four-months of primary care responsibilities, or an ACGME approved residency. Elective time may vary depending upon the amount of requirements completed; e.g., some need to fulfill neurology requirements.


Available Electives
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Page Updated 01/17/2014