PGY-4 Rotations

The thrust of the fourth year is to allow a resident to round off his/her general education by exploring topics in more detail and to gain skills as a supervisor and educator. The PG4 year is divided into three parts -- four months of required supervisory clinical work, four months of research, and four months of elective work.

BJH Supervision (2 months)
Service Director: Drs. Michael Jarvis and Nuri Farber
Residents supervise PGY1 residents on their inpatient psychiatry rotation. The main focus of the PGY4 rotation is for the resident to learn how to supervise and teach other clinicians and to become adept at administrative psychiatry. In addition to teaching the interns and medical students, the PGY4 resident monitors the quality of the documentation of the junior residents, their compliance with hospital/JCAHO policies, and their involvement in quality improvement exercises.

Consult Supervision (2 months)
Service Director: Dr. Fay Womer
The emphasis of the rotation is learning how to supervise the work of other clinicians who are providing care. Residents gain valuable experience supervising physician assistants, junior residents, and medical students under the guidance of a consult attending. The supervising resident takes a lead role in the education of the medical students and junior residents on the rotation.

Research (4 months)
Service Director: Diverse faculty
The goal of the research block is for the trainee to develop an understanding of research questions and methods. Residents typically choose to join one of the large number of projects that are on-going inside and outside the department. Residents may also choose to develop their own project. There is no expectation that residents obtain publishable data or write a manuscript. However, residents do present on their efforts at end-of-year department-wide conferences.

Electives (4 months)
Service Director: Diverse faculty
Residents use these four months to focus on areas of particular interest to them. They may use the four months to do any of a large number of predefined electives, to do more research, or to do an individualized elective.