Overview

Residency Program Overview

The Pine Rest Psychiatry Residency Program provides a unique opportunity to work closely with dedicated faculty in a variety of clinical environments.

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services serves over 40,000 individuals each year in inpatient, outpatient and residential services.

Surrounded by a beautiful campus environment, psychiatry residents train in state-of-the-art clinical and educational facilities.

Residents will have opportunities to engage in research and train with specialists in…

  • addiction medicine
  • child and adolescent psychiatry
  • forensics
  • geropsychiatry
  • neuropsychiatry
  • psychosomatic medicine

The mission of the Pine Rest Psychiatry Residency Program is to provide high quality education and excellent clinical services. The goal is to prepare comprehensively trained psychiatrists for the provision of evidenced-based treatment and compassionate care.

We received full accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), in affiliation with the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, in April 2013 and accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) in May 2013. We also plan to apply for child and adolescent psychiatry fellowships with an anticipated July 1, 2017 start date.

About Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

Founded in 1964, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine is a community-based medical school, providing students with comprehensive training in clinical settings that most closely parallel the environments in which most physicians practice. First and second-year students begin the program in either Grand Rapids or on the campus of MSU in East Lansing. Clinical experience is provided in six community campuses at 13 leading hospitals throughout the state. Students in the Pine Rest MSU College of Human Medicine Psychiatry Residency program can expect to be teaching College of Human Medicine students.

For more information, visit the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Web site at www.humanmedicine.msu.edu.

Lounge area in the Psychiatry Residency Suite

Residency Suite

A resident conference, break and sleep rooms are provided in the residency suite.

PGY1

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry | 24 weeks

Pine Rest’s 22-bed adult inpatient academic unit is the site for this rotation. Under the supervision of two full time psychiatrists, residents learn to evaluate and treat patients with diverse diagnoses including, major mental illness, co-morbid medical and substance abuse conditions and those who require further diagnosis.

Primary Care | 16 weeks

Rotations include inpatient internal medicine and pediatrics at Pine Rest as well as family medicine and pediatrics at area outpatient practices.

Neurology | 4 weeks

A neurology inpatient rotation at a local acute care hospital and an outpatient neurology experience are included. Residents will learn to perform consultations and follow up care under the supervision of neurologists.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry | 4 weeks

Pine Rest’s 36-bed inpatient Child and Adolescent unit treats patients ages three through 17 and serves as the residency inpatient site. Three board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists serve as teaching faculty. In addition to experience on the inpatient unit, this rotation includes experience with adolescents who receive trauma based treatment in a locked residential facility and treatment of children in an outpatient clinic.

Geriatric Psychiatry | 4 weeks

Residents will assess and treat patients on a 26-bed inpatient geriatric unit under the supervision of two psychiatrist faculty. In addition, an outpatient experience includes assessments and management of pharmacotherapy of complex older adult cases under the supervision of a board certified gero-psychiatrist.

PGY2

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry | 8 weeks

Pine Rest’s 36-bed inpatient Child and Adolescent unit treats patients ages three through 17 and serves as the residency inpatient site. Three board certified child and adolescent psychiatrists serve as teaching faculty. In addition to experience on the inpatient unit, this rotation includes experience with adolescents who receive trauma based treatment in a locked residential facility and treatment of children in an outpatient clinic.

Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry | 8 weeks

Residents learn from three psychiatrists who provide consultation and liaison services at area acute care hospitals. Consulting with the referring physician and conducting evaluations of patients in acute care settings will occur under the supervision of faculty psychiatrists.

Geriatric Psychiatry | 8 weeks

Residents will assess and treat patients on a 26-bed inpatient geriatric unit under the supervision of two psychiatrist faculty. In addition, an outpatient experience includes assessments and management of pharmacotherapy of complex older adult cases under the supervision of a board certified gero-psychiatrist.

Addiction Medicine | 8 weeks

The Addiction Medicine rotation includes the assessment and care of patients on a 12-bed addiction medicine unit, the provision of addiction medicine consultations on the adult psychiatric inpatient units, and experience in an outpatient addiction medicine clinic. Supervision is provided by an addiction medicine physician and a psychiatrist with addiction medicine fellowship training.

Outpatient Psychiatry | 20 weeks

A residency outpatient clinic on Pine Rest’s main campus provides supervised experience in the assessment, pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy of adults in an outpatient setting. Supervision is provided by faculty psychiatrists and psychologists, who have experience in a variety of modalities. This rotation continues into Year 3 for a total of 12 months and continues into Year 4 one-half day per week to allow for long-term patient care.

PGY3

Outpatient Psychiatry | 40 weeks

Residents continue the experience of assessment and treatment of patients in the outpatient clinic.

Community Mental Health |

This rotation includes experience with a team of dedicated case management staff, medication management with patients in an outpatient clinic and in residential settings, and outreach to homeless individuals. These patients have major mental illnesses and co-morbidities and the majority of these patients are referred by community mental health. Supervision is provided by one psychiatrist. Residents will spend one day per week at this facility during their 12 month outpatient psychiatry rotation.

Emergency Psychiatry | 12 weeks

Residents gain experience in risk assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acutely ill patients including substance-induced conditions, determination of level of care and an understanding of referral resources. Services are provided to individuals who come to the Community Mental Health Access Center under the supervision of faculty psychiatrists. Experience working in a hospital diversion program and a medication clinic are also included.

PGY4

Administration/Teaching | 8 weeks

This rotation provides an opportunity to learn to evaluate and treat adults with major mental illness and co-morbid medical and substance abuse conditions in the adult inpatient unit. Additionally, residents will learn how to teach and supervise first year residents.

Forensic Psychiatry | 4 weeks

Residents will have an opportunity to work with a board certified forensic psychiatrist to conduct forensic evaluations and gain experience writing forensic psychiatry reports. Areas of assessment include competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, commitment, and assessments of potential harm to themselves.

Electro-convulsive Therapy (ECT)/Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) | 4 weeks

Residents will gain experience in one of the busiest ECT clinics in West Michigan. Under the supervision of four ECT credentialed psychiatrists, residents will perform consultation to provide second opinions regarding the necessity for ECT treatment, observe ECT and perform ECT treatments. TMS treatment is also provided in this clinic.

Electives | 36 weeks

Residents will have an opportunity to rotate through any of the above rotations to gain additional knowledge and experience. Additional electives will be developed in women’s health, and sports medicine.