Boston University – Boston Medical Center Combined Family Medicine & Psychiatry Residency Program

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August 23rd, 2017

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Glennon O’Grady M.D. Co-Program Director

Welcome to the Boston University – Boston Medical Center Combined Family Medicine & Psychiatry Residency program. This new program combines our renowned residencies in family medicine and psychiatry into a curriculum designed to produce dual trained physicians with broad based training in both specialties. Boston Medical Center and its affiliated Community Health Centers is the largest safety-net healthcare system in New England. It serves a diverse population of patients of multiple cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, with over 70% of our patients coming from under-served communities. This provides a rich training experience in managing very complex patients from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. We pride ourselves in developing future leaders in healthcare and social advocacy.

The curriculum of the five-year program follows the guidelines of the American Board of Family Practice and the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, while also providing an innovative education that draws on our strengths in Integrated Behavioral Health, Community Health, Addiction Treatment and Global Health. Our program is designed to provide a comprehensive, well-rounded and balanced training to residents in Family Medicine and Psychiatry, as well as accommodating the individual residents’ specific interests within these two fields.

 

The following describes key features of our program by year.

PGY1

In the first (internship) year, residents will be exposed to the basics of family medicine and psychiatry to provide a foundation for their subsequent training. The PGY1 year has nearly equivalent experiences in both family medicine and psychiatry.

Family Medicine Psychiatry
Community Medicine 4 weeks Inpatient Psychiatry 12 weeks
Inpatient Family Medicine 8 weeks Emergency Psychiatry 4 weeks
Inpatient Family Medicine (Night float) 4 weeks Addiction Psychiatry 4 weeks
Inpatient Pediatrics 4 weeks Total 20 weeks
Obstetrics 4 weeks Total # of blocks 5 blocks
Intensive Care Unit 4 weeks ½ day/week FM clinic
½ day/week didactics
Neurology 4 weeks
Total 32 weeks
Total # of blocks 8 blocks
½ day/week FM clinic
½ day/week didactics

 

PGY2

The second year is geared more towards emergent primary care and psychiatry, as well as integrated behavioral health. Boston University is the largest trauma center in the Boston region, receiving over 1/3 of the Boston area emergency transports. In the PGY2 year, residents will begin their exposure in the emergency medicine curriculum (pediatrics, transitional, surgery, psychiatry) during which they will receive an intensive emergency department clinical experience and educational curriculum.

 

Family Medicine Psychiatry Family Medicine/Psychiatry
Inpatient Family Medicine 8 weeks Emergency Psychiatry 4 weeks Geriatric Psychiatry 4 weeks
Outpatient Pediatrics 4 weeks Emergency Psychiatry (Night float) 4 weeks Integrated Behavioral Health Adult 4 weeks
Geriatric Medicine 4 weeks Addiction Psychiatry 4 weeks Integrated Behavioral Health OB 4 weeks
Emergency Medicine 4 weeks Total 12 weeks Total 12 weeks
Gynecology 4 weeks Total # of blocks 3 blocks Total # of blocks 3 blocks
Inpatient Surgery 4 weeks ½ day/week FM clinic
1 day/week didactics
½ day/week FM clinic
½ day/week didactics
Total 24 weeks
Total # of blocks 8 blocks
½ day/week FM Clinic
½ day/week didactics

 

PGY3

In the beginning of the third year, the curriculum is focused on the development of Family Medicine knowledge and skills. For the remaining 40 weeks of the academic year, the residents will be exposed solely to Outpatient Psychiatry. Residents will provide long term care for patients using both psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatments. During this rotation, residents will learn the integrated components of psychiatric treatment and professional identity, as well as being exposed to a highly diverse patient population.

Family Medicine Psychiatry
Emergency Medicine 4 weeks Outpatient Psychiatry 40 weeks
Outpatient Pediatrics 4 weeks Total 40 weeks
Inpatient Family Medicine 4 weeks Total # of blocks 10 blocks
Total 12 weeks 1 day/week FM clinic
1 day/week didactics
Total # of blocks 3 blocks
1 ½ days/week FM Clinic
½ day/week didactics

 

PGY4

The fourth year is concentrated on strengthening the residents’ skills and knowledge in providing outpatient and inpatient medical and psychiatric care. It also gives the residents the opportunity to integrate Family Medicine and Psychiatry skills acquired in the first 3 years.

Family Medicine Psychiatry Family Medicine/Psychiatry
Emergency Pediatrics 4 weeks Consult Liaison Psychiatry 4 weeks Outpatient Psychiatry 12 weeks
Newborn Nursery 4 weeks Consult Liaison Psychiatry (Night float) 4 weeks Total 12 weeks
Obstetrics 4 weeks Inpatient Psychiatry 12 weeks Total # of blocks 3 blocks
Elective 4 weeks Integrated Behavioral Health -Pediatrics 4 weeks 1 day/week FM clinic
1 day/week didactics
Total 16 weeks Total 24 weeks
Total # of blocks 4 blocks Total # of blocks 6 blocks
1 ½ days/week FM Clinic
½ day/week didactics
½ day/week FM Clinic
1 day/week didactics

 

PGY5

The fifth and final year provides the residents with the opportunity to further integrate their knowledge and skills obtained in their family medicine and psychiatry curriculums. Residents will also have available to them a large number of electives designed to integrate the two fields. The electives are available through the teaching opportunities of the Boston University Medical Center environment, as well as coordinating away-electives as other institutions or countries.

 

Family Medicine Psychiatry Family Medicine/Psychiatry
Orthopedics 4 weeks Community Psychiatry BEST 4 weeks Neurology 4 weeks
Sports Medicine 4 weeks Forensic Psychiatry 4 weeks Integrated Behavioral Health – Pediatrics 4 weeks
Ophthalmology/ENT 4 weeks Total 8 weeks Elective 8 weeks
Integrated Behavioral Health Adult 4 weeks Total # of blocks 2 blocks Total 16 weeks
Dermatology/Cardiology 4 weeks 1 ½ days/week Community Psych FM Clinic
½ day/week Forensic Psych FM Clinic
½ day/week didactics
Total # of blocks 4 blocks
Inpatient Family Medicine 4 weeks ½ day/week Neurology FM Clinic
½  day/week Integrated Behavioral Health – Pediatric FM Clinic
1 ½ days/week Elective FM Clinic
½ day/week didactics
Elective 4 weeks
Total 28 weeks
Total # of blocks 7 blocks
1 ½ days/week FM Clinic
½ day/week didactics

Sample 5 year schedule

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For more information regarding the various rotation sites please visit our partnered Psychiatry and Family Medicine Residency program websites

The Application Process

The Boston Medical Center Combined Residency Program in Family Medicine and Psychiatry participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).  All applications must be processed through the Electronic Resident Application Service (ERAS).

Applicants must submit a complete ERAS application with the following requirements:

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) letter
  • USMLE Step 1 results are required to be considered for an interview. USMLE Step 2 (CS and CK) results are required to be considered for the program and to become a licensed trainee in the state of Massachusetts.

Interviewing
Interview dates for 2017 are as listed:

November 7th, 2017
December 12th, 2017
December 19th, 2017
January 9th, 2018
January 16th, 2018 

 
For more information, please contact
Jennifer Sikov
Program Coordinator
Phone: 617-638-8541
Fax: 617-638-8535
Email: Jennifer.Sikov@bmc.org

Boston Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry
720 Harrison Avenue, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02118