The PGY2 year is dedicated to outpatient psychiatric practice. It has been designed to provide a longitudinal training experience so that one can get to know his/her patients and the systems involved. Again in this year, a trainee will work in various settings that will prepare residents for a career in community psychiatry. Outpatient rotations provide training in initial evaluation and treatment using psychotherapy, medications, and multiple treatment modalities for both acute and chronically-ill patients. They will also gain experience in psychosocial rehabilitation techniques. The training includes:
- Working with veterans at the Tomah VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) in Wisconsin Rapids.
- Child and adolescent outpatient treatment at Ascension Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander.
- Ashland Memorial Hospital offers a full spectrum of Addiction services from Detox to outpatient.
- Outpatient Psychiatry at North Central Health Care (NCHC).
In each of the PGY3 and PGY4 years, residents will continue to follow outpatients for a minimum of 1⁄2 day per week. This will include both medication follow-up, long-term psychotherapy or a combination of the two. In addition to on-site supervisors, each resident will have two psychiatrists assigned for oversight supervision of medication and psychotherapy treatment. This allows residents to treat outpatients continuously over three years.
Three weeks vacation interspersed in each PG year with prior approval by Program Director. PGY2/PGY4 residents have an additional one week of educational leave with prior approval of conferences and dates by Program Director.
Block Diagram (PDF) summarizing the four year training program.