PGY-2 Year

The didactic curriculum in your second year complements your clinical rotations in inpatient, child and adolescent, addiction, consultation-liaison and emergency psychiatry.

Clinical Program

Name of Rotation
Length of Rotation
Inpatient Psychiatry
3 months
Addiction Psychiatry
1 month
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
3 months
Emergency Psychiatry
2 months
Up to 3 months

At the beginning of your second year, you are assigned a psychotherapy supervisor and begin to pick up patients for psychotherapy. The psychotherapy liaison resident screens prospective patients to match you with patients you will follow throughout your training.

You will also rotate on a number of specialized services with opportunities for up to two months of electives during which you can select from a variety of clinical options or pursue a research or educational project. If you choose a project, you will be assigned a mentor to provide guidance and support.

Your two-month rotation on the Erie County Medical Center’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program gives you the chance to evaluate a diverse base of patients with psychiatric and medical emergencies. Care at this site is full spectrum, giving you contact with patients of all ages, from children to the elderly. 

Consultation-liaison psychiatry, another major component of the second year, trains you to evaluate patients with mental health and comorbid medical or surgical problems, and serve as a liaison to health care professionals in these fields. You will also have opportunities to evaluate potential organ donors and assess patients with chronic pain syndromes.

Didactic Curriculum

As in your first year, half a day per week during your second year is dedicated to didactic education. This time is protected from clinical responsibilities.

These seminars prepare you to conduct a variety of modes of therapy with many types of patients, including geriatric patients, couples and individuals with substance abuse disorders. You will also get an in-depth survey of research methods in psychiatry.

You will complete a practice-based learning and improvement (PBLI) project during this year, identifying an area of your practice you want to change and implementing a strategy to improve it.

Teaching Medical Students

You will interact with and teach second-, third- and fourth-year medical students during all clinical rotations. You will serve as a preceptor for small group learning and may teach in the didactic curriculum for third-year clerks.