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Program Highlights

  • Located in the large metropolitan area of Atlanta where training involves a variety of sites including inner-city safety net hospital, tertiary and quaternary academic medical centers, geriatric hospital, and VA medical center. This allows the residents a broader educational experience and a diverse patient population.
  • Residency program director is med-psych trained
  • Both divisions are academically strong and provide unwavering support for our med-psych program
  • Eight combined trained IM-Psychiatry physicians on faculty
  • Three combined medicine-psychiatry clinics at Grady providing centrally located, integrated care that our residents work in with combined trained faculty
  • Excellent exposure to psychotherapy training
  • Abbreviated internal medicine intern year status
  • The med-psych residents’ schedules are individually created to help focus on their career interests
  • Medicine clinic 4th and 5th year is optional opening up time for residents’ individual career interests
  • 5 medicine distinction programs available to the med-psych residents including social medicine, global health, medical innovations, teaching/leadership and HIV medicine
  • Regularly scheduled mandatory med-psych conferences
  • Research opportunities in medicine, psychiatry and combined
  • Regular social events for the med-psych residents
  • Opportunities for international electives
  • X+Y (4+1) schedule on internal medicine rotations

 

Schedule Outline

PGY-1:

PGY 1’s complete 6 months of medicine and 6 months of psychiatry switching between medicine and psychiatry every 3 months.  The interns attend primary care, inpatient medicine and psychiatry didactics, as well as combined medicine-psychiatry clinics while on ambulatory care.

Medicine rotations include:

  • Two inpatient medicine ward months
  • One ambulatory month
  • One subspecialty month
  • One inpatient cardiology month
  • One ICU month

 Psychiatry rotations include:

  • Three inpatient psychiatry months
  • Two emergency psychiatry months
  • One outpatient community psychiatry month

 

PGY-2:

PGY 2’s complete 6 months of medicine and 6 months of psychiatry switching between medicine and psychiatry every 3 months. The residents attend primary care, inpatient medicine and psychiatry didactics as well as combined medicine-psychiatry clinics while on ambulatory care. The second half of the year, the resident assumes a supervisor PGY-2 role on medicine rotations.

Medicine rotations include:

  • Two inpatient medicine ward months
  • One ambulatory month
  • One elective month
  • One neurology month
  • Two weeks emergency medicine
  • Two weeks night float

 Psychiatry rotations include:

  • Two inpatient psychiatry months
  • Two psychiatry consult liaison months
  • One neurology month
  • One geriatric psychiatry month

 

PGY-3:

PGY 3’s complete 6 months of medicine and 6 months of psychiatry alternating between medicine and psychiatry every 3 months.  The residents attend primary care, inpatient medicine and psychiatry didactics as well as combined medicine-psychiatry clinics while on ambulatory care.

Medicine rotations include:

  • Two inpatient medicine ward months
  • One ambulatory month
  • One elective month
  • One ICU month
  • One medicine subspecialty month
Psychiatry rotations include:
  • One inpatient psychiatry month
  • Two psychiatry consult liaison months
  • 5 months psychiatry elective
  • Two weeks child psychiatry
  • One addiction psychiatry month

 

PGY-4: 

PGY-4 and 5 years are split into 6-month blocks of medicine and psychiatry. During this 6-month psychiatry block, the residents have psychotherapy training, psychopharmacology clinic and complete their child psychiatry requirements. Psychotherapy training includes group supervision, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy.

Psychiatry 6-month block includes a combination of outpatient continuity clinics, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology clinic with ½ day child psychiatry clinic per week

Medicine rotations include:

  • One inpatient medicine ward month
  • One ambulatory month
  • One month inpatient HIV service
  • One ICU month
  • Two weeks emergency medicine
  • Two weeks night float
  • One medicine subspecialty month

 

PGY-5: 

PGY 4 and 5 years are split into 6-month blocks during which the residents begin outpatient psychotherapy. During this 6-month psychiatry block, the residents have psychotherapy training, psychopharmacology clinic and complete their child psychiatry requirements. Psychotherapy training includes group supervision, cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic therapy.

Psychiatry 6-month block includes a combination of outpatient continuity clinics, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology clinic with ½ day child psychiatry clinic per week

Medicine rotations include:

  • One inpatient medicine ward month
  • One ambulatory month
  • One CCU month
  • Two weeks geriatric medicine
  • Two weeks palliative care
  • One elective month
  • One medicine subspecialty month