University of South Alabama

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Educational Program

First Year

  • Addiction Psychiatry (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • Family Practice Consults (2 months)
  • Inpatient Internal Medicine (1 month)
  • Inpatient Psychiatry (5 months)
  • Neurology Clinic (1 month)
  • Neurology Consult Service (1 month)


Psychiatric training in the first year of residency includes a five-month rotation at Eastpointe Hospital. Daily rounding and one-on-one onsite supervision with teaching attending is provided. The PGY-1 experience also includes a one month assignment on Addiction Psychiatry.


The two month Neurology experience is designed to be broad-based with one month on the inpatient consult service and the second month in the neurology outpatient clinic.

Primary Care Rotation

Residents are assigned to inpatient internal medicine at USA Medical Center for one month of the PGY-1 Primary Care rotation. This assignment is important in that it provides residents with the opportunity to acquire broad-based general medical training experience in caring for medically ill psychiatric patients. The second month of this rotation takes place on the USA Medical Center Emergency Department which is a Level 1 Trauma Center. Residents participate in all phases of diagnosis and treatment of acute medical and surgical cases, including trauma and burns. The last two months is spent with the Family Practice team performing medical consultations on psychiatric inpatient wards.  This experience gives residents experience in addressing the medical needs of psychiatric patients

Second Year

  • Addiction Psychiatry (1 month)
  • Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry (3 months)
  • Consult-Liaison Psychiatry (3 months)
  • Forensic Psychiatry (year-long experience)
  • Geriatric/Inpatient Psychiatry [Mobile Infirmary Medical Center] (2 months)
  • Inpatient Psychiatry (3 months)

The Consultation Liaison teaching service, a three-month rotation, offers one-on-one bedside teaching by an attending who evaluates all patients with the residents.  Residents will acquire a vast experience through Consultation Liaison, taking care of a diverse patient population at USA Medical Center and Women and Children's Hospital.

Second year residents also spend two months on the Mobile Infirmary Geriatric Adult Inpatient Psychiatry service. Other inpatient assignments in the third year include three months at the Baypointe Child and Adolescent Inpatient unit and three months at Eastpointe Hospital. These rotations also provide residents with  a year long experience in forensic psychiatry. PGY2 residents also have a one-month assignment on addiction psychiatry.

Third Year

Outpatient Psychiatry (12 months)

One hallmark of this residency program is the diverse experience in ambulatory psychiatry which provides ample opportunities for development of psychotherapeutic skills. Residents spend their third year full-time in our ambulatory psychiatry clinic, and during this year, residents participate in the evaluation and treatment of a large variety of adult and pediatric patients in outpatient settings. Residents have the opportunity to develop psychotherapy skills from a number of carefully chosen patients.

Following patients longitudinally is an essential experience in the psychiatry training process, and residents have a panel of patients to follow over time. In the third and fourth years, residents have protected time in the outpatient clinic dedicated to the ongoing care of ambulatory patients. In this process, the resident is able to develop competence in long-term psychotherapy as well as long-term clinical care and management.

Fourth Year

  • Junior Attending Inpatient Psychiatry (3 months)
  • Variable/Elective Rotations (9 months)

The final year of residency includes ample elective time with numerous opportunities available to the resident depending on individual professional interests. Possible electives include but are not limitted to substance abuse, sleep medicine, neuroradiology, medical education, private practice psychiatry, psychopharmacology, and geriatric and child and adolescent psychiatry. Participation in a wide range of clinical and basic science research is also available.

Senior residents also have the experience of teaching junior residents and medical students on three-month assignments of Junior Attending on Inpatient Psychiatry. Residents learn to become independent in patient care with onsite supervision from an attending as needed.


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