The BUSM/BMC Psychiatry Residency program has 3 extracurricular “pathways” for residents interested in additional training and scholarly work.
- Medical Education Pathway (led by Dr. Dara Wilensky)
- Global, Local, and Cultural Psychiatry Pathway (led by Dr. Micaela Owusu)
- Achieving Culturally Competent and Equitable Substance Use Services (ACCESS) Pathway (led by Dr. Michelle Durham)
Eligibility: Entrance to each of the pathways is voluntary, occurring once yearly through a written application process and is open to residents entering their PGY2 year and above.
Components: Pathway residents participate in core and supplementary didactics specific to each pathway topic. They are expected to complete a pathway-specific scholarly project or specialized clinical experience and receive mentorship by a member of the department with expertise in the pathway field.
Purpose: Each program is tailored to a resident’s interest so that they may develop topic expertise beyond the scope of general adult psychiatric residency training, contribute to expanded knowledge in that topic locally/nationally/internationally, and hone their career goals.
- A resident on the MedEd Pathway attends core pathway didactics on best practices in medical education then implements them through a project such as teaching medical students or developing a residency course. They are assigned a mentor with whom they work to improve their teaching skills and consider career possibilities within academic psychiatry.
- A resident on the Global-Local Pathway attends didactics on cultural psychiatry then uses these constructs to contribute to culturally-specific projects in mental health understanding or practice either locally, globally, or both. They are encouraged to participate in collaborations that are longitudinal and bidirectional. They are assigned a mentor with expertise in global or local cultural psychiatry to assist them with honing their project skills and developing career goals.
- A resident in ACCESS is assigned to a local community based outpatient mental health clinic to treat individuals with co-occuring mental health and substance use issues with a focus on minority communities. Residents are involved in teaching at their site as well as designing a quality improvement project to increase access to treatment for co-occurring disorders. Residents learn from experts in addiction on public health interventions, working with minority communities, and various models of care for co-occurring disorders.