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Graduate Medical Education

Goals & Objectives


St. Luke’s Adult Psychiatry Residency is a four year ACGME accredited residency.

The purpose of our program is to provide a unique and structured educational experience for residents in order to make them competent in the field of psychiatry. Our goals and objectives are in line with ACGME core competencies and include

  1. Patient care
  2. Medical knowledge
  3. Practice-based learning and improvement
  4. Communication skills
  5. Professionalism
  6. System-based practice

Our Mission Statement is that with our integrated curriculum we will develop clinically strong psychiatrists who will be prepared for the changing face of medicine. Our residents will be prepared for independent practice and continue to find joy in their field.

Residents will also be able to:

  1. Understand the fundamentals of psychodynamic, supportive and cognitive behavioral therapies.
  2. Understand substance use as a disease and develop a basic understanding of all the associated co-morbidities and treatments.
  3. Understand how to practice in an independent outpatient practice.
  4. Understand the importance and usefulness of a multidisciplinary approach to psychiatric patients.
  5. In addition to having a strong grasp of psychopharmacology, residents will understand the indications and uses for other therapeutics (TMS, ECT)
  6. Develop basic and eventually advanced understanding of normal and abnormal child hood development.
  7. Develop the skills to manage medically complex psychiatric patients.
  8. Develop skills to complete a full neurological and mental status exam and know its clinical significance.
  9. Understand how to interpret the literature and how to conduct clinical research
  10. Understand the best clinical practices to improve outcomes and safety.

In addition to their clinical duties, residents are also expected to participate in the education and training of medical students. They will also participate starting as a PGY 1 on research projects. Also, a half day a week is protected for didactic time and seminars, grand rounds and journal club round out the educational components.