PGY I The first year of psychiatry at Griffin is an exciting year spent working with many different types of patients. Residents spend four months in family medicine, two months in neurology, and six months in inpatient psychiatry. The aim of this year is to provide a strong medical foundation on which to build deeper concepts of the mind and brain functioning.
Residents rotate at St. Anthony hospital in Oklahoma City in conjunction with the St. Anthony Family Medicine Residency. This four month rotation will expose you to a wide variety of medical conditions and treatment interventions. Residents rate this experience highly and feel that it is very helpful in expanding their medical knowledge. Call is managed by the St. Anthony Family Medicine Residency night float team, and not by psychiatry interns.
This rotation site is again at St. Anthony hospital in Oklahoma City. Working with a highly published and experienced neurologist, residents treat a general population of neurology patients. Residents are not required to take neurology call.
We have eight units of fifteen beds for a total of one-hundred-twenty beds (including geriatric/long term units). The six months spent here are a poignant introduction to the breadth of psychiatry. Here you will learn to work with patients who have conditions from acutely manic/psychotic to severely depressed. You will see many rare conditions as well. Working with teams of social workers, therapists, case managers, PCA’s, and nurses, you will begin to learn the acute treatment and management of psychiatry patients. With over one hundred years of treating patients, our inpatient facility is a great strength of the program.
The thought of call is intimidating for most beginning residents. At Griffin every effort is made to prepare PGY1’s for covering patient admissions and house officer duties. For the first several months, every call is directly supervised by our fourth year residents. The PGY IV sees patients with you, shows how to write orders, and educates about mental illness as you work. We also have a long intern orientation, focused on treating acute psychiatry conditions. When the intern and the faculty feel that functioning is a high level, we meet and approve solo call. No one expects residents to know everything about call, and attending backup is always available by phone.