The third year of training begins with a four-month block of rotations in internal medicine, after which the residents join their categorical psychiatry counterparts in the outpatient setting for next 12 months. Residents split their time in outpatient psychiatry between the Adult Psychiatry Clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Residents also spend one half-day per week at the Community Mental Health Center for Mid-Eastern Iowa.
At University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, residents see patients with a variety of illnesses – depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, personality disorders, substance use disorders, eating disorders, adjustment disorders, etc. Appointments are generally 60 minutes in length for a diagnostic evaluation and 30 minutes for follow-up medication management. In an appointment, residents interview the patient, staff the case in a conference room with an attending faculty physician, and return to the patient (with the faculty physician) to finalize the treatment plan. Psychotherapy patients are also scheduled during clinic months. Residents are expected to follow two patients per week.
At the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, residents are exposed to a wide range of diagnoses, including a large amount of post-traumatic stress disorder cases. Appointments are the same length as those at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, but there is more autonomy in the decision making process. For example, residents are not required to staff each patient and staff do not see the patients unless the resident feels there is a compelling reason. Instead, residents sit down with staff between patients or at the end of the day to discuss cases and get feedback on treatment plans.
In both locations, third year residents provide on-call support, usually once every other week. At University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, on-call time is spent on emergent appointments and phone calls. At the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, on-call time is spent on consults and emergency room patients.
Third year residents continue to follow a panel of patients in an outpatient setting one half-day per week through a continuity of care clinic at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics or the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
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