Our Psychiatry program continues Tufts’ tradition of educational excellence, providing access to expert educators, and exposure to a wide variety of Psychiatric care facilities. Residents can expect a broad range of both inpatient and outpatient experiences in multiple clinics and hospitals. This includes at least 4 months on the Consult/Liaison service across Tufts Medical Center, 6 months on our twenty-bed locked general psychiatric inpatient ward, 6 months of electives, and rotations in pediatric, substance abuse, forensic and geriatric facilities, as well as a carefully integrated outpatient experience during three years of the four year program. Residents gain the experience and knowledge not only to complete the boards, but also to be ready for any fellowship or adult psychiatric practice.
With an emphasis on education, Tufts provides the first and second year residents with 5-6 hours of education each week. This is protected time, free from any other duties or distractions. As third and fourth year residents, a full day is dedicated to education per week, in addition to weekly grand rounds. With classes varying from Psychopharmacology with Dr. Ghaemi (a top expert in this field) to Psychodynamics with Dr. Schindelheim (with 31 awards to date for teaching excellence), residents are provided a wide breadth of education. Courses covering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Neuroscience, Board Preparation, History of Psychiatry, Evidenced-Based Psychiatry, and Family Therapy are regular staples to the educational curriculum. Similarly, residents are given the opportunity to request topics, and to limit courses they do not find educational through feedback to the program director.
Additionally, this program has been designed to be accommodating to those considering a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship. On request, rotations can be arranged to have completed the necessary rotations and experience required to be eligible for certification by the ABPN (American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) before transitioning into a fellowship for their PGY 4 year. A large number of residents enter CAP residencies every year (many easily moving into our own CAP program).
The Psychiatry Residency is administered by Dr. Paul Summergrad, Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry; Dr. Jody Schindelheim, Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Director; and Mikayla Gregorio, Residency & Education Coordinator.