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Clinical Rotations - General Psychiatry Residency Program

Clinical Training Sites

  1. SLU Hospital
  2. Veterans Affairs, John Cochran Medical Center
  3. Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Jefferson Barracks
  4. Places for People
  5. Saint Louis University Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Outpatient Clinic at Monteleone Hall
  6. Buzz Westfall Justice Center
  7. Saint Louis University Student Health Service

Clinical Rotations- Required

PGY 1 & 2

Off Service Rotations:
  1. Inpatient Medicine Service - VA John Cochran
  2. Outpatient Medicine - VA John Cochran
  3. Geriatric Medicine - VA John Cochran
  4. Emergency Medicine – VA John Cochran or St Alexius Hospital
  5. Inpatient Neurology –VA John Cochran, or SLU Hospital.

Psychiatry Rotations

  1. Inpatient Adult Psychiatry- 4West
  2. Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry -2West
  3. Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at SLU Hospital
  4. VA Inpatient Psychiatry
  5. VA Addiction Psychiatry
  6. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry- Cardinal Glennon Hospital and associated Clinics
  7. Night Float
  8. PGY2 Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic


As per the requirements of the Psychiatry RRC and the American Board of  Psychiatry and Neurology, the PGY3 year is spent doing 12 months full-time outpatient psychiatry including an experience in Community psychiatry.


  1. Junior Attending – SLU Hospital Adult Psychiatry
  2. Junior Attending – VA medical Center
  3. Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at SLU Hospital
  4. Required outpatient experience : Student Health
  5. Required outpatient experience: Correctional Psychiatry

Clinical Rotations- Elective

  1. Sleep Medicine
  2. Palliative Care
  3. Neuroanatomy
  4. Eating Disorders
  5. Geriatric Psychiatry Elective
  6. Electroconvulsive Therapy service
  7. Forensic Psychiatry Elective
  8. Research Elective

Classroom Curriculum

Joint Learning Experiences (for all PGY levels)

  1. Grand Rounds:

Departmental grand rounds are held every Thursday from 8:00-9:00 am in Schwitalla Hall at the SLU Medical School. They vary between separate Neurology and Psychiatry grand rounds and a Combined Grand Rounds format with speakers and topics of relevance to both parts of the department.

Attendance is required of residents unless they are on an off-service rotation.

These include a mix of invited pre-eminent speakers from the region or beyond, presentations by our own faculty and senior residents as well as case presentations and morbidity and mortality conference.

  1. Journal Club

The goal of resident journal club is to expose residents to primary research in the field of psychiatry, as well as to teach skills in critical appraisal of the literature and improve understanding of research methods.

Resident Journal Club is held twice a month on the first and third Tuesday from 11am to Noon. Residents are assigned to present and choose an article from the literature. They meet with the Academic Chief Resident and one of our research faculty - Dr. Theodore Malmstrom or Dr. John Chibnall to discuss the article ahead of time. They then lead the resident group through a discussion of the article, including strengths and weaknesses of the paper, relevance to clinical practice and a learning issue pertaining to study design or statistics.

  1. Chairman’s Conference

Once a month, Dr. Nasrallah meets with the residents of both Neurology and Psychiatry in a combined forum to discuss cases or topic areas at the overlap of both specialties.

  1. 4. Process Group

Process group is a highly valued part of residency for our residents. It is a weekly forum for residents, conducted in a group therapy format by a faculty member from outside the department. It is a forum for residents to freely discuss their experience as residents, resolve interpersonal issues among residents and share the highs and lows of their week. There is no involvement of the residency faculty or leadership and it is a confidential forum with the members (the residents) accountable to each other for keeping the confidential nature of it.