Interns have feelings too

Harbor-UCLA psychiatry did a phenomenal job at transitioning me to residency. Pivotal to our PGY-1 year, our attendings give us excellent individualized supervision and teaching, while also allowing us an appropriate amount of autonomy early on.

While rotating on inpatient psych, a normal day includes seeing patients prior to 9AM table rounds, incorporating residents, students, attending, nurses, social and case workers, occupational and recreational therapists, and psychologists. Afterwards, we might spend more time with patients, teach medical students, eat lunch with other residents in the cafeteria, having individualized teaching with the attending, and/or attend a didactic/lecture (e.g., grand rounds, weekly interview class, journal club, case conference).

If on-call, we get to the psych ER (basically the best place in the hospital) at 4:30PM and work with senior residents, which gives us an additional opportunity to get to know other resident classes. Interns on-call observe an attending interview either a pediatric or adult patient in the psych ER every morning.

Unique to Harbor-UCLA psychiatry is the substantially diverse PGY-1 off-service rotations, allowing us to familiarize ourselves with multiple departments and to foster good relationships with other services that carry throughout residency.

Though intern year can be busy, our program does a great job of allowing for diverse learning and teaching experiences, with the occasional awesome outside work activity with peers (e.g., intramural sports, board games, retreat, etc).