PGY-1 Goals and Objectives

The Resident will:

  • Develop an identity as a competent and caring physician during a four month clinical rotation in either medicine or pediatrics or a combination thereof.  The resident will develop basic skills in the diagnosis and management of medically complex patients.  These rotations at Mercy Hospital, the University of Chicago Medicine, and the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital offer broad clinical experience and appropriate responsibility. 
  • Increase knowledge of neurologic disorders to include diagnostic and treatment planning skills during a two-month rotation at the University of Chicago Medicine.  Rotations may be on the general neurology services, the consultation services, and/or on the pediatric neurology service.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in the inpatient management of severely disturbed and mentally ill patients.  Management includes in-depth experiences in diagnosis, treatment planning and case management, family treatment, group therapy, psychological testing, individual psychotherapy, and psychopharmacologic therapies as well as other somatic therapies.  This occurs during the 2-month rotations at Mercy Hospital and at North/Shore, as well as during the Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry rotation.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in the role as psychiatrist consultant on the consultation liaison service, becoming familiar with the intersection of medical and psychiatric illnesses and collaborating with a multidisciplinary team and physicians and staff throughout University of Chicago Medicine.  Residents will participate in the C/L Case Conference Seminar.
  • Develop knowledge of Emergency Psychiatry to include psychiatric assessment, triage, and immediate intervention and treatment.  This occurs primarily through evening and weekend call, which is supervised on-site by a senior resident directly for the first patients, and on-site indirectly thereafter.
  • Begin to develop skills as a psychiatrist educator through teaching University of Chicago medical students and through teaching colleagues.  This occurs regularly on inpatient services, ER, and Consultation/Liaison services, as well as in scheduled C/L/Emergency Psychiatry case conferences.
  • Begin to develop an identity as a psychiatrist and explore a career plan. To accomplish this, a mentor will be assigned to each incoming PGY I who will assist the resident in exploring the various subspecialties and career paths in Psychiatry and mentor the resident through his/her four years at the University of Chicago.
  • Understand the scientific principles of various disciplines underlying clinical psychiatry, including the neurosciences, behavioral assessment, and other topics.