Second Year

resident and nurse working with young boy

As residents progress to the second year of training, they continue their training on the inpatient psychiatry units as well as additional psychiatric specialty rotations to provide them with a robust inpatient experience.

Rotations include the following:

  • Geriatric Psychiatry Unit: residents will be responsible for the care of older psychiatric patients. Many have disorders primarily seen later in life such as dementia, and have comorbidities that include Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, and cancer.
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit: residents will spend two months learning about the intricacies of treating patients under the age of 18 years old including evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and coordinating care with families and social work.
  • Consult-Liaison Service: residents will spend two months evaluating a wide variety of psychiatric disturbances that occur among the medically ill, while consulting and collaborating with their non-psychiatric colleagues.
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy: one month will be spent evaluating patients for appropriateness of electroconvulsive therapy and administering this treatment modality.
  • Chemical Dependency Service: residents will spend one month working both in the clinic and as a consultant for patients with substance use disorders.
  • Emergency Psychiatry: residents will spend one month as the “night float” covering the emergency room, the inpatient psychiatry units at the University of Iowa Hospitals Clinics, and patient telephone calls over night.
  • Eating Disorders Unit: residents will spend one month working with patients diagnosed with eating disorders and who require inpatient care. In addition to pharmacotherapy, residents are involved with the psychotherapy that these patients receive.

This second year provides residents with a broader experience in psychiatric disorders of multiple sub-specialties. These additional experiences prepare residents for increased responsibility as they transition to their third year.

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