cl-roundsThe BWH/HMS Psychiatry Residency Program provides extensive core clinical training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, with its leading medical psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and specialty psychiatry programs, and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, with its inpatient unit, partial hospital and full range of addiction programs.  Our residents also have clinical experiences at McLean Hospital specialty programs, Boston Children’s Hospital child-adolescent psychiatry programs, Dana Farber Cancer Institute psychooncology program, and Massachusetts Mental Health Center programs for the chronically, persistently mentally ill. We partner closely with our Brigham Internal Medicine colleagues to provide a core foundation of medical training, as well as integrating behavioral health into primary care medical homes and specialty programs through collaborative care initiatives.  Extensive, mentored and facilitated research opportunities draw upon the depth and breadth of programs and resources at The Brigham, Harvard Medical School, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Harvard School of Public Health, and beyond.


Intern Year

4 months of Primary Care (usually Internal Medicine, although residents on the Child Track may choose to rotate in Pediatrics instead), 2 months of Neurology, 4 weeks of Addictions, 6 weeks of Geriatrics, 1 month of Emergency Psychiatry, 2 1/2 months of Inpatient Psychiatry and 2 weeks of Elective time.

Second Year

3 1/2 months of Inpatient Psychiatry, 3 months of Community Psychiatry, 2 months of Consult Liaison Psychiatry, 2 months of Inpatient Child Psychiatry, 6 weeks of Night Float and 1 month of Elective.

Third Year

9 months of outpatient psychiatry, 1 month of Partial Hospitalization Program, 6 weeks of Night Float and 6 weeks of Selective/Elective

Fourth Year

The fourth year will primarily be spent as elective time, although some residents may elective to use some of that time in a Clinical or Administrative Chief position. In addition residents will have a chance to act as senior residents on rotations in order to consolidate what they learned from early experiences:  this will include 6 weeks on both the Consult-Liaison and Inpatient experiences.  It is important to emphasize that these will not be simple repeats of earlier experiences but rather a chance to residents to take on a more advanced role as well as to teach and supervise junior residents.

Longitudinal Experiences

In addition to the regular rotations, residents will spend partial days in the outpatient clinic in order to benefit from a longitudinal experience that cuts across the years.

2nd year: 10% Longitudinal Outpatient Experience
4th year:  10% Longitudinal Experience

Similarly the Forensic rotation will occur for 1/2 day a week for 2 months during the 3rd year.

In addition all residents will have 1/2 day per week devoted to their scholarly pursuits, concentrations or track.

(note: we are using a block schedule in which 1 month = 4 weeks for a total of 13 months)

*note that there are 4 weeks of vacation each year.  Two weeks are prescheduled in the PGY1.