PGY-2 Community Psychiatry Rotation at Evanston Northshore and Thresholds

Patient Care:

PGY-2 residents spend two months in Community Psychiatry, where they perform psychiatric diagnostic evaluations in the community and at a community clinic. They care for patients with chronic psychiatric illness in several community settings:

  • Thresholds, a large not-for-profit psychiatric rehabilitation organization which provides supported housing, vocational rehabilitation, mobile assessment and outreach to the homeless mentally ill, and other psychiatric services
  • The Phoenix Program at Northshore University Health Systems, which provides medication management, vocational programs and other services.

Medical Knowledge:

Residents will learn about the special problems of homelessness in the chronically mentally ill, and about mentally ill offenders. They will become familiar with the "recovery model" of mental health care.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents will observe caseworkers interacting with patients in homes, on the streets, and in other public settings.  They will learn and utilize engagement techniques for reaching difficult-to-treat and reluctant patients. 

Systems Based Practice:

Residents will:

  • Experience the activities of community treatment of the chronically mentally ill as conducted in a community clinic and in non-institutional settings.
  • Gain experience working as a team member with caseworkers.