PGY-2 Goals and Objectives

The Resident will:

  • Develop an identity as a psychiatrist through understanding of and empathy toward patients with psychiatric disorders and their families and increasing appreciation of the stigma of mental illness within the society of the hospital, the city, and in the country.
  • Develop an appreciation of scientific thought and methods as applied to the underlying sciences and to practice issues in psychiatry.  This occurs in an in-depth interactive seminar throughout the year, and through optional tutorials with research scientists in the Department.
  • Develop basic knowledge and understanding of available public psychiatric services, including intake and services in the state hospital system, community agencies and their resources, community mental health clinics, mobile assessment units, residential living options as well as the spectrum of care necessary in the treatment planning for chronically disturbed patients including psychosocial treatments in the day hospital setting.  This education occurs primarily during the two-month community psychiatry rotation at Thresholds community mental health programs and on their Assertive Community Treatment teams. 
  • Continue to develop knowledge and experience in Emergency Psychiatry as the full-time daytime consultant to the general and children’s ER at the University of Chicago.  In addition to the necessary general knowledge, knowledge of systems necessary for the psychiatrist consulting to other medical specialties is reinforced.
  • Continue to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and treat seriously disturbed patients, both on the inpatient services at Mercy and North/Shore Hospitals and on the Consultation Service at University of Chicago Medicine.  In addition the resident will spend 6 months in the Monday Afternoon Clinic at the UofC, a clinic for the seriously and persistently mentally ill.
  • Continue to 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 consult on patients with delirium, dementia, depression among other problems, and will assess psychooncology patients as well as those presenting for organ transplantation.  Residents will participate in the C/L Case Conference Seminar. 
  • Develop knowledge of chemical dependency, addiction and their treatments, both inpatient detoxification and outpatient management, including participation in group psychotherapy. 
  • Develop skills as a psychiatrist educator through teaching University of Chicago medical students and through teaching colleagues.  This occurs regularly on inpatient services, ER, Consultation/Liaison services, in outpatient clinics, as well as in scheduled Psychiatry case conferences.
  • Develop an in-depth knowledge of psychopharmacology to include advanced psychopharmacologic treatment of major psychiatric disorders, treatment of difficult patients, consulting to non-M.D. therapists.
  • Begin an in-depth study of psychotherapeutic theories to include individual supportive, psychodynamic, family and group therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  The resident will treat three patients in weekly psychotherapy in the PGY-2 year, under weekly supervision.
  • Gain an understanding of human development over the life cycle, including normal and abnormal child and adolescent development, adult development, and geriatrics.
  • Begin to develop a knowledge base in the clinical applications of forensic psychiatry.  
  • Understand the scientific principles of various disciplines underlying clinical psychiatry, including the neurosciences, statistical inference, molecular and population genetics, behavioral assessment, neuropsychiatry, and other topics.