CAP I Emergency Rotation (University of Chicago and Lakeshore Hospital)

Patient Care

Residents will demonstrate the ability to comprehensively assess, discuss, document, and intervene in situations concerning patients' potential for self-harm or harm to others.

This will include:

  • assessment of risk based on known risk factors
  • knowledge of inpatient treatment standards and procedures
  • effective intervention to minimize risk
  • Implement prevention methods for self-harm and harm to others.

Medical Knowledge

Residents will demonstrate knowledge of emergency psychiatry. This includes:

  • suicide
  • crisis interventions
  • differential diagnosis in emergency situations
  • treatment methods in emergency situations
  • violent behaviors

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents will demonstrate:

  • the ability to work effectively within multidisciplinary team structures as member, consultant, and leader.
  • the ability to form relationships with patients and professionals in a emergency setting.
  • The ability to exhibit professional, ethically sound behavior and attitude in all patient and professional interactions
  • Residents demonstrate the ability to obtain, interpret and evaluate emergency consultations. This will include formulating and clearly communicating consultation questions
  • discussing consultation findings with the consultant in the ER
  • evaluating consultation findings and making recommendations.


Residents will be empathic, respectful, curious, open, nonjudgmental, collaborative, able to tolerate ambiguity and demonstrate confidence in the efficacy of supportive therapy.

Residents will be sensitive to the sociocultural, socioeconomic, educational issues that arise in the therapeutic relationship.

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

The resident will evaluate caseload and practice experience in a systematic manner. The residents will bring certain cases to be discussed in supervision, rounds and M & M meetings.

Systems-based Practice

The resident will:

  1. Learn how to advocate for optimal patient care within the limits of the health care delivery system.
  2. Learn how to consult with emergency doctors and other specialist including state agencies around inpatient admissions
  3. Learn how to be the leader in a psychiatric emergency, keeping the patient and staff safety as priority
  4. Review cases with supervisors and other staff in ER/ C-L Rounds, and when appropriate, in quality improvement rounds (M&M)