PGY 1 Year

The first postgraduate year (PGY1 or internship year) consolidates learning from medical school and gives residents a solid foundation in clinical medicine, neurology, and psychiatry. It includes four months of internal medicine and one month of emergency medicine. Two of the internal medicine months are outpatient, one of which is treating general medical conditions of psychiatric patients in our own behavioral health clinics (in a “reverse integrated care” model). During this year, interns also have two months of neurology, one of which is inpatient and one of which is on the consult service. During these months, our PGY1s are an integral and well-respected part of the medicine and neurology house staff.

Five months of the internship are spent in the department of psychiatry. PGY1s have two months on the inpatient general adult psychiatric services, one month in child psychiatry, one month in geriatric psychiatry and one month in addiction psychiatry. On each psychiatry rotation, residents receive one-on-one supervision by attending psychiatrists who guide them through these early, foundational experiences in psychiatry. In addition, during their months of psychiatry, interns have a full curriculum of introductory courses, attend weekly classes with their PGY1-4 colleagues, engage in a weekly residency wide meeting, have protected time for Grand Rounds, and have their own weekly process group. 

Call Responsibilities for PGY1s

During PGY1, residents provide coverage during their blocks of medicine and neurology wards as outlined by the service on which they are rotating. During the 5 months of psychiatry and one month of neurology consult, residents have NO call responsibilities.

Washington Heights Community Service Inpatient Unit (PI - 4South)

PGY1 residents spend two months on the Washington Heights Community Service, a state-funded urban community mental health center which provides a comprehensive system of inpatient and outpatient care for the seriously ill patients in Washington Heights. Residents treat acutely ill patients on the NYSPI inpatient unit as part of a team and work closely with patients' families and outpatient case managers to ensure a smooth return to the community. The average length of stay is ample, usually three to four weeks. A program on cross-cultural psychiatry focuses on the diverse community living in Washington Heights.

Geriatric Psychiatry at 9 Garden North (9GN) Inpatient Psychiatry

PGY1 residents have a month-long geriatric psychiatry experience at 9 Garden North, a 24-bed Columbia Inpatient Psychiatry Service at Milstein Hospital of New York Presbyterian. 9 Garden North is a general inpatient unit with particular expertise in the treatment of affective and psychotic disorders, dual diagnosis, and complex medical/psychiatric problems. The emphasis during this PGY1 experience on 9GN is on geriatric psychiatry patients  with specific geriatric psychiatry supervision. Residents also spend two half days with supervised experiences in other settings (such as an integrated care clinic) working with attendings and fellows from the NYP geriatric psychiatry fellowship program. Combined this experience  includes diagnosing and managing mental disorders in geriatric patients with co-existent medical disorders, diagnosing and managing degenerative cognitive disorders, and managing drug interactions, in addition to developing general skills in interviewing, developing treatment plans, conducting psychotherapy and managing psychopharmacology, and working with families. Note that residents also have a more general experience on this service for two months as PGY2s. 

Child Psychiatry at the Children's Day Unit

PGY1 residents begin their exposure to child and adolescent psychiatry during a one-month rotation through the Children’s Day Unit. The Children's Day Unit is an outpatient day hospital program that is a subdivision of Child Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, as well as a unit in the New York State Psychiatric Institute. It is both a clinical and research facility and a comprehensive evaluation and treatment program for children and adolescents ages 12-18 with a diversity of diagnoses including mood disorders, psychosis and eating disorders. Residents participate in the initial evaluation and subsequent treatment modalities including short-term individual and group psychotherapy, social skills training, recreational and art therapy and medication management if clinically indicated. Children and adolescents also attend classes on the unit, which are taught by teachers from the NYC Board of Education. All patients seen by residents are individually discussed with on-site attending supervision. During the COVID-10 pandemic, much of this work is being done via telehealth. PGY1s will receive ample supervision on telehealth during this rotation. 

Addictions Psychiatry at the NYP Comprehensive Psychiatry Emergency Program (CPEP) 

During this one-month rotation in addiction psychiatry, PGY1 residents will see patients with addictions in both acute and outpatient setting. Patients enter the NYP CPEP with a range of psychiatric symptoms and diagnoses, which frequently include primary or co-occurring substance use disorders. PGY1 residents will engage with these patients, assessing the nature of the substance use and the role it is playing in the patient’s presentation, providing brief interventions, and arranging for appropriate follow up as able (e.g., inpatient psychiatry, inpatient rehab, outpatient MICA clinic). PGY1 residents will receive supervision from both experts in addictions psychiatry and CPEP attendings. 

NYPSI 4 Center - Inpatient Eating Disorders Research Unit Clinical Research Rotation 

This NYSPI unit conducts a variety of research programs in the study of eating disorders in adults and adolescents. Recent research has focused on studying phenomenological and biochemical changes associated with suicide and eating disorders and investigating new treatments. Research patients do not pay for their care. The average length of stay for patients is two to three months, which allows residents to work with patients intensively during their month rotation. Resident teaching is focused on evaluation and differential diagnosis, cognitive and psychodynamic psychotherapy, and an introduction to research methodology. This rotation will serve as a platform for residents to learn about clinical research and will include rotations through other clinical research clinics and settings, as well as didactics and mentorship about clinical research opportunities. This rotation will resume once COVID restrictions for care and training on 4C are lifted.