Third-year residents gain advanced experience and training in outpatient clinics at the Mental Health Clinic in the North Little Rock VA, the Walker Family Clinic at PRI, and the Little Rock Community Mental Health Clinic. Also, one half day a week for 6 months residents participate in assertive community treatment with the VA Mental Health Intensive Care Management. Residents also participate in one half day of psychotherapy with one hour a week of psychotherapy supervision.
All third-year residents are assigned to a twelve month block of outpatient care in three diverse clinics. The Little Rock Community Mental Health Clinic operates as a general psychiatric clinic available to residents of the greater Little Rock area. Walker Family Clinic provides mental health services to the severely mentally ill who are mainstreamed into the general population. The VA Mental Health clinic serves the mental health needs of our veterans. The residents spend approximately one and a half days a week at each site. In addition to outpatient medication management, residents provide psychotherapy services one half day a week at Walker Family Clinic.
On Thursday afternoons, third year residents attend two sessions of lectures/seminars. Some of the advanced clinical topics include substance abuse, clinical neuroscience, PTSD, sexual dysfunction, gender disorders and practice issues. Case conference subjects include forensics and short-term dynamic psychotherapy. The PGY III’s and IV’s also have a series of sessions on how to prepare for the board exam.
Third year residents are responsible for approximately 11 long calls a year with no holidays.