The Department of Psychiatry at Ocean Medical Center (OMC) offers a fully accredited four year Residency Training Program in General (Adult) Psychiatry along with a planned two-year Residency Training Program in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and a planned one year Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry. Our Program is committed to providing a comprehensive education in all the important treatment modalities including psychopharmacology, the psychotherapies, ECT and TMS. Philosophically, the Residency is founded upon the Bio-Psycho-Social model, which is reflected in the didactic and supervisory experience. The program is anchored in a community-based paradigm. We recruit six residents per year.
The clinical rotations are located at several primary clinical sites:
Ocean Medical Center (bulk of rotations)
Raritan Bay Medical Center (inpatient and possibly OPD)
Graduate medical education is based on the principle of progressively increasing levels of responsibility in caring for patients, under the supervision of the faculty. Faculty members closely monitor the progress of each resident in acquiring the skills necessary for advancement to the next level of training. In their evaluation of a resident’s progress, faculty members consider such factors as clinical experience, fund of knowledge, diagnostic abilities, clinical judgment, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and the application of various treatment modalities. Each level of training, or postgraduate year (PGY), is defined by a set of competencies that the resident is expected to master. Upon achieving these standards, residents are afforded greater degrees of independence in patient care, at the discretion of the faculty. At all times, however, faculty remains ultimately responsible for all aspects of patient care.
The six ACGME general competencies as well as the psychiatry-specific competencies are an organizing principle for the training curriculum and assessment. Thus, we have developed goals and objectives that identify educational outcomes for each competence domain, broken down further into knowledge, skills, and attitudes. In addition, each clinical rotation in the General Psychiatry Residency Training program at Ocean Medical Center has specific educational objectives in the areas of knowledge, skills and attitudes. Each rotation is designed to provide a balanced mixture of clinical service, didactics, and supervision, which enable residents to attain those educational objectives.