- What is your curriculum like?
- The Brown Psychiatry Residency is designed to more than meet all of the required competencies for residency. Over the course of the Brown Psychiatry Residency, a core set of areas in Psychiatry will be covered in different settings including the clinical rotations, the seminars given one afternoon weekly, and a variety of conferences including Grand Rounds. The curriculum is organized and implemented by the Training Directors and the Administrative Assistant in the residency with input from the Curriculum Committee, and the residents' ongoing evaluations of their educational experiences and faculty involved in teaching.
- Learn more about the curriculum, on the resident's page.
- What is your faculty like?
- We are very proud to have a large and active faculty. The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior has over 100 full time faculty members, and many other clinical and adjunct faculty. Despite their busy research and clinical loads, they are on faculty because they love the prospect of mentoring young doctors, and are very active at all levels of training. You can read more about our faculty, their interests and their research at this link.
- What are the core rotations?
- Please see this Grid of the Residency Rotations for a general overview of the various rotations.
- What is the didactic instruction like?
- You can learn more about our didactics instruction.
- What are the research opportunities during residency?
- Residents are encouraged (although not required) to participate in research during their residency. The outstanding research faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior are highly productive and there are many opportunities for residents to become involved in research. Our goal is to help interested residents learn about and participate in research activities and to tailor research experiences to each resident's interests and goals. A research track has been developed to give interested residents additional opportunities to develop their research interests during their training. Residents who participate in the research track increase their involvement in research with each successive year.
Learn more about the specifics of research opportunities at this link.
- How will I be trained to be proficient in psychotherapy?
- The Brown General Psychiatry Residency teaches and assesses competence in five individual psychotherapies; psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, brief, supportive and psychotherapy combined with psychopharmacology. In addition, residents participate in a one-year group therapy experience and a two-year course in family therapy. These psychotherapies are learned through clinical experiences, didactic seminars and supervision.
Learn more about the specifics of psychotherapy training.
- At which hospitals will I be rotating?
- The Brown Psychiatry Program is a true multisite program that emphasizes the importance of learning to practice psychiatry in a variety of settings and systems. Follow this link to lean more about our various institutions.
- What are the call responsibilities?
- The call responsibilities are summarized below:
- PGY-1: Residents are on call in Butler’s Patient Assessment Services (PAS) approximately 2-3 times per month from 5pm to 10pm during the week. During this time, at least one attending and a senior resident are present. Residents are on call in Rhode Island Hospital’s Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) for 6 weekend shifts during the course of the year. These shifts are from 7am-1pm and a senior resident and attending are present during the shift.
- PGY-2: Residents complete approximately one 12-hour shifts per month at either Butler Hospital or Rhode Island Hospital in addition to two months of night float.
- PGY-3: Residents complete one to two 12-hour shifts per month at either Butler Hospital or Rhode Island Hospital.
- PGY-4: Residents participate in teaching call for interns.
- PGY-1 and 2: Residents are responsible for covering their inpatients during the week and 2 of 4 weekends during each inpatient month.
- PGY 2-4: Residents are responsible for covering their outpatients during the week only.
- PGY-3 and 4: Residents are on pager call from home for three to four weeks per year. This involves providing phone consultation to the ER regarding psychiatric admissions from 5pm to 8am.
- How are we evaluated as residents?
- We consider the process of evaluation and feedback to be crucial to resident training, and have worked hard to ensure that residents receive frequent, constructive, and timely feedback from all faculty with whom they work. This includes regular written, formal feedback that incorportates competency-based evaluations.
We use an online system of evaluation, which gives the resident immediate access to all of their evaluations. It also allows the residents to evaluate faculty as well.
Currently, we use My Evaluations which we have found to be both practical and efficient.
- How do Residents get Involved in the Program?
- Our residents get involved at every level of their education. Every committee that has any effect of influence on the residents includes resident members, and the most influential ones have representatives from all PGY levels. As representative members of these committees, the residents have full voting rights and an equal status as any other member. In addition, the residents know that al of us, from the Chair, to the training directors, to all of the faculty, have an open door policy and are always willing to hear, and appreciative of, any suggestions or comments. Our residents take these opportunities to get involved very seriously, and are often very active in the residency. A number of the most important and long-long lasting changes to the residency in recent years have been resident driven, and we expect that our residents will continue to help improve all aspects of our residency.
Who are the current residents and what are they like?
- We are very proud of our residents. Learn more about them, and read some messages from them.
In-House Call Responsibilities
- Working Together. From left to right, Drs. Chiappone, Serruya, and Szulewski preparing notes for a presentation.