First Year

kijewski and resident talking with patient in med-psych

During the first year of training, residents are exposed to both disciplines of psychiatry and medicine.

Residents spend six months on the inpatient psychiatry units at both University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City.

The remaining six months are comprised of the following rotations:

  • Neurology: one month on the inpatient unit and one month with the outpatient clinic/inpatient consult service
  • Medical psychiatry: two months treating medically ill patients who are also afflicted with primary psychiatric disorders
  • Primary care: two months in either an internal medicine clinic, a family medicine clinic, and/or a general pediatrics clinic

These rotations provide residents with a foundation in basic medical care and the ability to diagnose common medical and neurological illnesses as well as the psychiatric manifestations of physical illnesses.

Inpatient psychiatry unit rotations at both University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center are supervised by psychiatry staff. When rotating on neurology, residents are supervised by senior neurology residents and staffed with an attending neurologist. On primary care, residents are supervised directly by a primary care staff physician.

By the end of the first year, residents will be able to diagnose common medical illnesses and more complex psychiatric illnesses. They will have exposure to the diagnosis and treatment of medical ailments while participating in off-service rotations. While on the inpatient psychiatry units, residents will learn how to integrate social work, occupational therapy, and family into the care plan of psychiatric patients. Additionally, they will have opportunities to participate on multiple units to determine areas of interest.

View a chart that breaks down the first year of training.