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Psychiatry Residency General Information


First Year Resident
Primary Care:  4 months
Adult Inpatient Psychiatry:  8 months
Acute Care Psychiatric Clinic:  4 months (once per week - every Thursday afternoon supervised by an attending)
Second Year Resident
Adult Inpatient/Rural or Urban: 3 months
Child and Adolescent Inpatient:  2 months
Community Psychiatry:  1 month

Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry:  2 months

ECT:  1 month
Neurology:  2 months
Substance Abuse:  1 month
Third Year Resident
Outpatient Psychiatry:  12 months
Geriatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic:  6 months
Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic:  12 months
Forensic Clinic
New Patient Evaluation and Disposition Conference
Acute Care Clinic
Neurology/Psychiatry Morning Report - every Thursday morning
Consultation clinics
Fourth Year Resident
Adult Inpatient Chief Resident:  3 months
Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry:  1 month
Electives:  8 months
Psychiatry residents while rotating on psychiatric services will cover the inpatient psychiatric services, the emergency departments, seclusion and restraint evaluations, and emergent consultation-liaison requests during the on-call period.  Residents work in concert with the emergency department staff and the Psychiatric Response Team (PRT) personnel to provide psychiatric consultation and management routinely until 9:00 pm each night.  Psychiatry residents take call from home, but there are call rooms available within the affiliated hospitals for those residents wishing to stay there.
First Year
    Shadows senior call until 9:00 p.m.  Five (5) nights per month
Second Year
Psychiatry call from home:  4-5 nights per month
Third Year
Psychiatry call from home:  3-4 nights per month
Fourth Year
No call
For further benefit information, please go to the website of the Office of Graduate Medical Education.
The formal educational curriculum features regularly scheduled seminars, case conferences, and presentations that run throughout the year.  Seminars follow a format that can be lecture based, experiential, or resident directed in keeping with the educational approach of the School and of the department that active learning is most effective, and that all of us are lifelong learners.  All residents participate in a journal club, an evidence-based psychiatry case conference, a psychotherapy case conference, and a mock board each month.  All residents are encouraged to attend special conferences and workshops that are periodically available within the Springfield area and financing is made available to residents for travel to and from national conferences.  Residents participate each year in presenting at grand rounds to the department, school, and interested public.
SIU School of Medicine was one of the first programs in the country to institute a universal issues curriculum for the residency training programs.  This is an annual sequence of presentations open to faculty and residents in which residents of all specialties meet and learn about issues that are common to all specialties, such as ethics, medical economics, lifelong learning and teaching skills, and practice management.
Our core seminar series is designed and timed to support the residents' level of training and experience.
Training and experience in providing both long-term and time-limited psychotherapy is an integral part of the training program.  It is directly and continuously supported by seminars, case conferences, and direct, individual supervision.  An eclectic approach is used to promote professional versatility.  Residents are exposed to a range of strategies and techniques, and are expected to be competent in supportive, brief and long term psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, group, family and couples and other evidence-based psychotherapeutic practices.  Training and experience emphasize the expertise needed in current psychiatric practice whether as the primary provider, student of further training, a member of a multi-specialty team, or a referring professional.
Medicine Psychiatry is a branch of Internal Medicine which provides care to the patients with problems at the interface of adult general medicine and adult psychiatry.  Patients, for whom we care, are afforded a high level of care that can encompass primary care delivery, psychiatric care or a combination of both.  Our goal is to provide and advance quality health care to patients with psychiatric, medical and combined illness while assisting in the improvement of skill and knowledge of the residents and students we teach.