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Clinical Program - PGY-I

The first year of the program is a flexible internship integrated into the four-year postgraduate program. The internship year is designed to consolidate the new physician’s knowledge and skills in primary care medicine. The year provides the opportunity for the intern to develop a strong identity as a responsible physician through the care of patients in the general hospital setting.

The first year includes a three month rotation in Internal Medicine at nearby Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.  There is also an accompanying month long rotation in the Emergency Department at this facility.  PGYI residents assume the same on-call responsibilities as does the interns in the Department in which they are rotating.

In addition, there is a two month rotation in Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, which provides inpatient, outpatient and consultative experience.

Residents are also exposed to the evaluation and treatment of a spectrum of psychiatric disorders while rotating two months on the adult inpatient unit at the University Behavioral Healthcare (UBHC), Piscataway Campus.

During the first year, residents spend two months rotating through the VA New Jersey Health Care System in Lyons, NJ. This time is spent assessing and treating patients with post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and substance related disorders. Residents get an intensive experience in the VA's specialized PTSD program.

The PGY-I resident spends two months on the psychiatric consultation service at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. The resident works as a member of a team, consisting of an attending psychiatrist, senior resident, and 3rd & 4th year medical students. Patient diagnoses vary and include organic brain syndromes, somatization disorders, major psychiatric illnesses, and substance use disorders.