PGY-4

The fourth year of training helps solidify our residents’ training in psychiatry and allows them to gain more in-depth experience in a few areas that are of special interest to them and to their future careers in the field. Residents will serve as a chief resident, will continue to follow select patients in their outpatient continuity clinic, and will have an opportunity to design elective rotations to enhance their residency training.

Chief Residency

PGY-4s serve as chief residents on one or more of the following areas: Administration, Education (focusing on teaching/supervising residents, students, or both), Inpatient Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine, Women’s Mental Health, or Community Psychiatry. The chief residency experiences provides our residents with the opportunity to strengthen their expertise in a specialized area of psychiatry and provides them with administrative and leadership opportunities.

Resident continuity clinic

All PGY-4 residents complete at least two half-days a week of outpatient psychiatry. If a resident is interested, they may choose to do significantly more outpatient training during their PGY-4 year.

Electives in psychiatry

Residents choose electives based upon their interests and future career goals. Through our close relationships with institutions throughout Chicago, residents have an opportunity to pick from a variety of electives such as clinical research, telepsychiatry, forensic psychiatry, consultation liaison psychiatry, electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, addiction medicine, geriatric psychiatry, mobile treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, group psychotherapy, couples counseling, collaborative care, integrative psychiatry (acupuncture, nutrition education, meditation, and yoga), palliative care, sleep medicine, movement disorders, inpatient women’s health at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and electives at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Call

PGY-4s provide supervision to PGY-1 residents on weekdays (i.e., buddy call). PGY-4s average 0-1 buddy calls a month over 5 months out of the year. PGY-4s do NOT have any weekend calls or night float.