The primary training clinical programs for residents and medical students are as follows:
Inpatient training occurs on our acute inpatient units. The faculty is on the unit 5 to 7 hours each day and this is their only clinical assignment for the department, thus assuring attending availability all day for the residents and medical students. Medical students are assigned to the acute units as well as the extended acute inpatient units. We see patients from diverse backgrounds and are exposed to a wide variety of psychopathology. This includes but is not limited to geriatric patients, pregnant patients, patients with dual addiction and psychiatric illness, voluntary and involuntary patients, and “med-psych” patients.
Crisis Response Center
Our psychiatric emergency service is open 24/7, all year. It is staffed during the day by an attending physician and in the evening by a moonlighting resident. Moonlighting residents also provide coverage on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. There are residents assigned to the CRC rotation during the day with sign out at 5 p.m. Overnight call is covered by the 2nd or 3rd year resident and the night float intern. An attending is always on call and available by phone at night for questions and approving discharges. Medical students are also assigned to the Crisis Service and rotate from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Students also work in a rotation in the evening from 5 p.m. until 11 p.m. on weekdays and either 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
Consultation and Liaison Services
The service is located at Temple University Hospital which is a 721-bed teaching hospital for Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University. This service is staffed by two attendings. Two to three residents are assigned each rotation and medical students are also assigned.
The outpatient services are located in the Medical Arts Building at Episcopal Hospital. During the PGY3 year, residents are given their own office and are responsible for seeing 19 patients per week on average per month. Most patients will come to their resident physician for both psychotherapy and medication management. The Medical Director for the outpatient department and other faculty members have offices nearby, so attendings are always available. A child and adolescent psychiatrist provides supervision for residents on child and adolescent cases. The outpatient department also has video capabilities for teaching purposes and continuous case conference held weekly with Dr. Steinhouse, Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.