Clinical Curriculum

In addition to providing opportunities to manage patients in different clinical settings, the clinical curriculum is designed to ensure that you will rotate through many different systems of care. These systems include a free standing psychiatric hospital (Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital), a community hospital (Yale-New Haven Hospital), a federal hospital (VA Connecticut Health Care Center) and a state hospital (Connecticut Mental Health Center). We believe that exposure to different systems of care is critical to developing the ability to lead a system of care later in your career.

The core psychiatry program is designed to provide the clinical experiences essential for the development of basic knowledge and skills needed to practice in all sectors of contemporary psychiatry.


The PGY-I year is designed to solidify your identity as a physician. You will complete six months of medicine and two months of neurology. Four months of the PGY-I year are devoted to psychiatry; three months are spent on an inpatient adult psychiatry service and one month on an adolescent service.

Internal Medicine6 Months
Neurology2 Months
General Inpatient3 Months
Adolescent Psychiatry1 Month

Call Responsibilities for PGY-Is

During PGY-I residents provide coverage during their six month block of medicine as outlined by their respective department of medicine. During the six month block of psychiatry, residents are call-free during their two neurology months and the first psychiatry inpatient month. During the other three months of inpatient psychiatry, residents provide coverage at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital approximately every seven days.


The PGY-II year consists of one three-month adult psychiatry inpatient rotation, a three-month selective rotation where you can work on an academic project or work with specialized populations of patients, two months of substance abuse training, a two-month consultation/liaison rotation, a one-month geriatrics rotation, and a one-month emergency psychiatry rotation. Work with long-term psychotherapy patients also begins in PGY-II and continues throughout the residency.

General Inpatient3 Months
Selective3 Months
Consult/Liaison2 Months
ER1 Month

Transferring PGY-IIs

PGY-IIs transferring from other programs have this schedule:

General Inpatient3 Months
Geriatrics VA/Substance Abuse VA3 Months
General Inpatient3 Months
Consult/Liaison2 Months
ER1 Month


1/2 day per week outpatient Yale Long Term Care Clinic (YLTCC)

Call Responsibilities for PGY-IIs

During PGY-II residents provide coverage approximately every 10th night. This call is either at the Connecticut Mental Health Center or at the Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital.


The PGY-III year consists of 12 months of outpatient psychiatry and usually includes supervised clinical experience in addiction psychiatry, child psychiatry, and continuation of YLTCC. 20% of time during the PGY-III year is reserved to allow you to continue your academic project or to work with a specialized patient population.

Call Responsibilities for PGY-IIIs

During PGY-III residents are on-call in the Crisis Intervention Unit of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Emergency Room. Each resident completes his/her on-call responsibilities in a single six month block and covers approximately 26 on-call shifts. There are no other on-call responsibilities in the PGY-III year.


The PGY-IV year is free of required experiences. You will have the opportunity to develop an individualized program that allows you to pursue a career interest, an academic project, or work with a specialized group of patients. Your PGY-IV education plans facilitate your entry into the next stage of your career.

Call Responsibilities for PGY-IVs

There is no required on-call during the PGY-IV year. Opportunities for paid on-call are available in several of the department's affiliated institutions. These moonlighting opportunities are completely separate from the training experience or requirements.