Resident Rotations

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  • VA Boston at Causeway

  • VA West Roxbury

  • Bedford VA

  • Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center

  • Boston Medical Center

  • South End Community Health Center

  • Bournewood Hospital


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