PGY-1 Residents with Dr. Morris
Being an intern in any residency is exciting, intimidating and challenging but if you are a PGY-1 resident at Griffin, you can add fun to the list of the intern year experience. Intern year is the hardest year of any residency program by default and it is no different for our interns as well. A typical year consists of inpatient rotations, medicine, and neurology as well as the child psychiatry rotation. A regular day on inpatient unit starts with a formal 30 min check out with Dr. Ardoin and the on call resident Monday through Friday at 7:30 am. After check out residents head to their assigned units and conduct treatment teams with their supervising faculty. These treatment teams last typically until noon. Residents complete their notes and take care of patient care needs later during the day. The day is also set up to accommodate admissions from the triage based on which unit has beds open for admissions. Wednesday and Fridays are our didactic days in the afternoons. As interns we cover weekend shifts for the whole intern year to keep in line with ACGME work hour requirements. A typical weekend call consists of walk in evaluations, emergency detention patient admissions, patient coverage for our 4 units and children recovery center patients. As interns at Griffin, we get 8 weeks of supervised call experience from July to August along with short call with supervision during those two months as well. Having upper level residents with us for 8 weeks helps us transition from students to residents and eventually transition into independent confident interns. While we are off campus for rotations, we follow the schedule set by the respective rotation.
Life as an intern is a blur at times but knowing that there are residents who have gone through this before us and are there to help us transition is definitely one of the best parts of being an intern at Griffin.
PGY-2 Residents with Dr. Morris
Transition to PGY-2 is a great time for our residents. As interns move from novice physicians to the upper level resident, the sense of getting footing starts to take hold. The whirlwind of intern year is behind us and it is time to settle down and assume the role of helping the incoming intern class. Long gone are the weekend calls and we are ready to move into weekday call pool with post call day and a more consistent presence at Griffin. Second year consists mainly of inpatient months at Griffin, Child psychiatry month, two consultation liaison months at OUHSC, and a month for forensic rotation. A typical day on inpatient is similar for interns and 2nd years with the exception of a higher patient load than interns. in 2nd year we also start carrying therapy patients as continuity clinic patients. We also start getting supervision for our therapy cases from outside supervisors. As a 2nd year the call responsibilities do not entail weekend coverage but rather weekday coverage. The call responsibilities are same as intern weekend call for the most part. Didactic schedule remains the same for 2nd years and interns.
Life as a 2nd year is definitely less hectic and very well earned after a challenging intern year. This is also a time to have more consistent presence at GMH and a great time to bond with each other and fellow residents.
PGY-3 Residents with Dr. Morris
PGY-3 is the time to move on to the world of outpatient psychiatry. There are 12 months of outpatient clinic as a 3rd year residents. A typical day starts at 8:30 am, with resident run refill clinics from 8:30 to 9:30 am Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. 3rd years see patients in 30 min slots for follow ups and 1.5 hour slots for new evaluations. We get supervision every day for 2 hours at the end of the day. A typical 3rd year carries anywhere close to 140 patients for our case load. 3rd years are also able to choose from variety of tracks including therapy, child, and research and/or combine any two tracks. This year is essential for learning skills to establish self as an independent psychiatrist and get ready to graduate in two years. 3rd year call responsibilities are similar to 2nd year call responsibilities. As 3rd years we continue to see our therapy supervisors for our therapy cases. 3rd years have didactics on Friday afternoons and have didactics at outpatient on Thursday afternoons.
Life as a 3rd year resident is laid back with ample time to get ready for the real life outside residency. This is the year when most of us also start to moonlight and exert the skills we have learned so far as independent physicians.
PGY-4 Residents with Dr. Morris
This is the last year of residency. A year to get ready for graduation, start getting ready for board exams and variety of rotations including child residential unit, rural rotation, research, and clinical elective months. As 4th year residents we have an opportunity to attend the year long seminar with OSPS in Oklahoma City every Friday afternoon as part of our didactic. In addition as 4th year residents we do not have call duties other than the 8 weeks of initial supervision with the intern class. A typical day as a 4th year involves around the rotation we are assigned to.
Life as a 4th year is the last step towards finally saying good bye to life as a resident, moving on as fully trained physicians and taking on life with all of it’s glory. It is exciting, intimidating and challenging much like the intern year, as the training comes full circle emotionally, but one thing you can be sure of is that as a “Griffinite” that no matter where we go, the time spent here will always be one of the best times of our lives.