PGY-2 provides opportunities for increased experience and gradual independence in the care of acutely ill patients. Residents treat patients on inpatient psychiatry units, the hospital consult/liaison service and in the emergency room. They begin to get their first exposure to the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic as well. As residents solidify their diagnostic and assessment skills, they gain confidence in their role as physicians and psychiatrists. Residents are encouraged to identify and treat one or two therapy patients during PGY-2. They are provided with 2 hours/week of supervision and mentoring as well as conferences related to basic psychotherapy skills.
The clinical rotations in PGY-2 are based in Greenville at Vidant Medical Center, in the Brody School of Medicine at ECU Clinics or at affiliated programs. Residents have an opportunity to spend 2 months in a State Psychiatric Hospital setting where they see patients from across the eastern part of the state. Residents enjoy the variety of patients they see and the ability to function as an integral member of a multidisciplinary mental health team.