Goals of the Program

The four-year general psychiatric residency program at the Medical College of Georgia is designed to provide qualified applicants with comprehensive skills in the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of psychiatric disorders found in the general population. An emphasis on the biopsychosocial model and the comprehensive, multimodality approach to the treatment of psychiatric disorders is fundamental to the approach of this program. This program will assure the graduating general psychiatry resident the skills needed to function in the major areas of the discipline (academic, community-based, military-government, private practice, and research settings). The general psychiatry resident will be trained to function as a leader of and collaborator with multidisciplinary teams in a variety of settings (inpatient psychiatric, medical settings, forensic and prison settings, community mental health centers, etc.).

Objectives of the Program

Specific goals in terms of knowledge, skills, and attitudes by PGY year are outlined in subsequent pages. Some general goals would include:

  • To train general psychiatric residents in the comprehensive clinical skills of evaluation, treatment, and consultation. Integrating information from multiple sources and systems to make a diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan that treats the whole patient across all relevant settings.
  • To train general psychiatric residents in the DSM-V diagnostic system, with the ability to develop a diagnostic formulation and communicate such information both orally and in written form.
  • To train general psychiatric residents in the assessment of adults, children, and families, using interview skills and assess tools such as the mental status examination, psychological testing, and appropriate medical and neurological testing.
  • To offer general psychiatric residents experience with a variety of treatment modalities, including psychopharmacology, individual therapies (supportive, CBT, psychodynamic) as well as couples, family, and group therapy.
  • To offer general psychiatric residents the skills and knowledge to function in a variety of practice and professional settings, and to have the abilities to be life-long learners.