Post Graduate Year 1 (PGY1)
The first year consists of six months of general medical training and six months of psychiatry. The medical training occurs at Vanderbilt University Hospital, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, and the Nashville VA - sites all located within walking distance of each other and the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital. General medical training consists of three months of internal medicine, or pediatrics (one resident even included a rotation with obstetrics and gynecology to further his experience in women’s mental health). One month is spent in emergency medicine and two months in neurology (one month each in outpatient and inpatient).
In the remaining six months, the focus shifts to an introduction to psychiatry and the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illnesses. Clinical rotations include the various units of VPH - general adult, addictions, dual diagnosis, child and adolescent, as well as emergency psychiatry in our Respond Service. Teaching opportunities include one on one work with two faculty members on each unit, a seminar series with the program director, and Grand Rounds.