Training Program

Year One | Year Two | Year Three | Year Four

Year One:

  • Four months of Adult General Psychiatry distributed among rotations at two or more of the following sites:
    • A state inpatient unit (Springfield Hospital Center).
    • Selective rotations at the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center (BVAMC), Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC), or Programs in Assertive Community Treatment Team (PACT) at University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). 
    • Inpatient rotation at Sheppard Pratt Hospital (SEPH).
    • Short-call is on average every sixth night at SEPH.
    • Inpatient, outpatient, substance abuse and rehabilitation services in these facilities are closely coordinated so residents experience the full range of patient care. Residents carry no more than six inpatients at a time and receive regular attending supervision from the unit attending as well as an outside supervisor.
  • One month of Addiction Psychiatry at UMMC, BVAMC or SEPH. Case conferences and didactic sessions weekly with faculty with addictions expertise supplement the experience. Short-call is on average every sixth night at SEPH.

  • One to two months of Emergency Psychiatry as part of the Psychiatric Emergency Service at UMMC. First-year residents work shifts (usually 3 weeks of days and 1 week of nights), and there is no call.

  • Three months of Internal Medicine at Mercy Medical Center, a private hospital ten minutes from campus. Mercy is closely affiliated with UMMC's Internal Medicine Department, and our residents rotate along with prelim Mercy interns and upper level residents from UMMC. Short-call is on average every fifth night, with an average of one night shift per month.

  • One month of adult or pediatric Emergency Room medicine at UMMC. Residents work in shifts, and there is no call.

  • One month on the General Inpatient Neurology Service at UMMC and one month on the Stroke Service at UMMC with clinic during both months at the BVAMC 1-2 times per week. There is no call during these months, but interns do work every other weekend.
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Internal Medicine Mercy Medical Center Emergency Medicine Adult or Pediatrics UMMC Neurology UMMC (1 to 2 months-general inpatient and stroke team) and possibly BVAMC ( 1 month inpatient, including outpatient clinic) Adult general inpatient psychiatry at Springfield Hospital Center Selective in adult inpatient or community psychiatry (BVAMC, UMMC, MPRC or PACT) Addiction Psychiatry (BVAMC, UMMC, or SEPH) Emergency Psychiatry UMMC
      Short-call every 6th night at SEPH  
      Thursday Didactic Series
  • During the psychiatry rotations, didactics occur on Thursday when residents are on campus attending classes and Grand Rounds. This is followed by a resident meeting with lunch for all residents weekly. There is a monthly training directors/resident lunch which gives residents and training directors an opportunity to interact in an informal setting.

  • During the intern year, you are allotted 15 vacation days, which are distributed according to rotation.

  • There are no overnight calls during the first year of residency.
  • Psychiatric interviewing
  • Introduction to psychotherapy
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Substance abuse
  • Child psychopharmacology
  • Psychiatric Diagnosis and Psychopathology
  • Child development
  • Mood and anxiety disorders
  • Cultural psychiatry
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Community psychiatry

Year Two:

  • psychiatry photoA total of eight months of advanced training in acute inpatient psychiatry. Each resident rotates for two to three months on a General Adult Unit at the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (IPHB) at the University of Maryland Medical Center and for one to two months on the Geriatric Psychiatry Unit at IPHB. Additionally, each resident completes between two and four weeks of night float while at IPHB (Sunday through Thursday, 8pm to 8am). Each resident also rotates for three months at SEPH, a rotation consisting of six weeks on the Psychotic Disorders Unit and six weeks of a selective rotation (including the option of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry). Residents carry no more than eight patients at one time. New PGY-2 residents may also rotate through the Springfield Hospital Center. Call averages every fifth night.
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Consultation Liaison Psychiatry UMMC and BVAMC Advanced Inpatient Psychiatry SEPH Inpatient Psychiatry Selective SEPH Advanced Inpatient Psychiatry UMMC Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry UMMC Night Float UMMC Emergency Psychiatry UMMC
4 hours per week outpatient psychiatry elective (optional)
Thursday Didactic Series
  • Three months of consultation/liaison psychiatry at the BVAMC and UMMC, including the Shock Trauma Center. There is no night call.

  • One month of emergency psychiatry as part of the Psychiatric Emergency Service at UMMC. Second-year residents work shifts (three weeks of nights and one week of days), and there is no call.

  • Optional four hours per week of outpatient long-term psychotherapy.

  • Residents who begin the program in Year Two will have their curriculum adjusted to meet requirements for Board eligibility.

  • Didactic lectures during this year include:
  • Psychopathology
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Substance abuse
  • Child development
  • Mental retardation
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Community psychiatry
  • Eating disorders
  • CL Psychiatry
  • Basic psychodynamics
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Family psychoeducation
  • Group therapy
  • Ethics
  • Cultural psychiatry
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychological testing
  • Research in schizophrenia

  • A dynamic continuous case conference is also included in the didactics. There is a multidisciplinary case conference in which residents present to the training director or chairman.

Year Three:

  • psychiatry photoTwelve months of adult and child ambulatory psychiatry at several training sites (all downtown campus centers plus the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital and two community mental health centers) allow for a wide variety of approaches to patient care. Each offers a core experience of long-term psychotherapy (a minimum of six hours per week total of therapy sessions and supervision with two therapy supervisors); short-term psychotherapy, as well as the possibility of participating in group, family, and long-term child psychotherapy (each with supervision). We focus on the five psychotherapies in which competence is required by the Residency Review Committee of the ACGME: psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, supportive, brief and combined psychotherapy/psychopharmacology. Adult and child diagnostics, psychopharmacology clinics (all with supervision) and clinical case conferences are also provided.
12 months
Outpatient Psychiatry Adult Outpatient Psychiatry (80%) Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (20%) SEPH/UMMC/BVAMC/Community Clinics
Thursday Didactic Series
  • Call consists primarily of on site (at IPHB or SEPH) senior supervision of PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents, approximately two to three times per month.

  • Didactic lectures during this year include:
  • Child psychiatry
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Cultural psychiatry
  • Substance abuse
  • Forensic psychiatry
  • Community psychiatry and the severely mentally ill
  • Observed dynamic and cognitive behavioral psychotherapy
  • Theory and practice of dynamic psychotherapy
  • Brief psychotherapy
  • Group therapy
  • Psychodynamic case conference
  • Ethics

  • All residents must demonstrate competency in evaluating the scientific literature for evidence-based practice. Residents participate in a research project, write or co-write an article and have the option of presenting a poster at the Annual Research Day. Resident’s scientific work is often submitted for publication and frequently presented at national meetings. Supervision is provided by an experienced faculty member.

Year Four:

  • Twelve months of electives, including the various services of Sheppard and Enoch Pratt hospital, University of Maryland Medical System, the State system and State-supported community sites, the VA Medical Center, the Chief Resident positions, the faculty private practice, the Assertive Community Treatment Team, eating disorders, child psychiatry, the forensic system, and a student health service. Elective choices in research include neuroscience, schizophrenia, pharmacology, and services delivery.

  • Either: (a) a 3-month part-time forensic psychiatry rotation (2 half-days a week) or (b) a one- or two-month full-time forensic psychiatry rotation.
12 months
Electives, Selectives and Forensics (85%)
Outpatient Psychiatry (15%)
Thursday Didactic Series
  • Continuing longitudinal experiences in long term psychotherapy and medication management

  • Call consists primarily of on site (at IPHB or SEPH) senior supervision of PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents, approximately two to three times per month.

  • Didactic lectures during this year include:
  • Career options in psychiatry
  • Hypnosis
  • Substance abuse Genetics
  • Advances in biological and psychosocial psychiatry
  • History of psychiatry Advanced psychopharmacology
  • Advanced cultural psychiatry
  • Supportive therapy
  • Disaster psychiatry
  • Observed psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Board preparation and review