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.
- Vacation: 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.
- Four year training: Alternative Block Diagram (PDF) summarizing the four year training program.