Emory Department of Psychiatry 4th-year Residency Elective

Emory Department of Psychiatry 4th-year Residency Elective


The Behavioral Mental Health (BMH) Core Service Area in the Emory Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) is an affiliate of and PGY4 rotation in the Department of Psychiatry, Emory School of Medicine. The resident will primarily be responsible for conducting psychiatric assessments, time-limited psychiatric follow-up, fitness-for-duty evaluations, and return-to-work evaluations. The FSAP provides no-cost employee assistance services to the 26,000+ employees of Emory University and Emory Healthcare, as well as to their immediate household family members and same-sex domestic partners.  Core BMH services include a 90-minute comprehensive mental health assessment by standard clinical interview and up to 6 subsequent sessions of short-term treatment.  Additional services include psychiatric consultation, crisis intervention, case management, career counseling and time-limited group interventions.  The BMH team is staffed by an interdisciplinary group of 5 licensed psychologists, 3 clinical social workers, 1 licensed professional counselor and a consulting psychiatrist.  The team also includes a psychiatry resident from The Emory School of Medicine, a psychology pre-doctoral practicum student, 2nd-year masters of social work practicum student and a post-doctoral fellow.

Client Population

The FSAP serves a diverse population along the dimensions of gender, race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, educational and organizational status, sexual orientation and occupation.  Emory University (EU) consists of 9 Colleges and Schools, including two undergraduate liberal arts colleges and seven professional schools, including the Emory School of Medicine.  Clients from EU include faculty, administrators, faculty physicians, maintenance and support staff, medical residents and research laboratory staff.  Among other entities, Emory Healthcare (EHC) includes Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, Emory Children’s Center, The Emory Clinic, Emory Specialty Associates, and the Wesley Woods Center.  Clients from EHC include nurses, laboratory technicians, support and maintenance staff, allied health professionals and health administrators. 

Duties and Training

The resident will primarily be responsible for conducting psychiatric assessments, time-limited psychiatric follow-up, fitness-for-duty evaluations, and return-to-work evaluations with the Behavioral Mental Health Services Core Service Area under the supervision of the Psychiatric Consultant.  The resident will be an integral member of the BMH team which includes participation in a regular case conference, consultation with other mental health providers, coordination of care, and assisting with the training of non-physician graduate student trainees.  In addition to working on the Behavioral Mental Health service, the resident will have opportunities to participate in activities related to the other FSAP Core Service Areas including Health Promotion and Wellness, Education and Outreach, and Team Dynamics, depending on interest.  The resident will be on service for a minimum of a half day per week for twelve, six, or four months.  The rotation will provide an opportunity for an advanced resident to work with a diverse, outpatient, higher-functioning adult population, many patients of which will not have had previous treatment with a psychiatric medication.  More broadly, the elective provides an opportunity to learn about psychiatric, forensic, and organizational issues that emerge at a large university and healthcare environment. 

Interested residents should contact the Coordinator of Clinical Training, Dr. Gordon Tuttle at gtuttle@emory.edu to discuss particular and set up an on site interview.