Psychiatry Resident Training in Collaborative Care

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Integrated behavioral health is a rapidly growing field in mental health and to date there are limited training resources on this topic. The AIMS Center has developed a clinical rotation curriculum that introduces a senior resident to the role of the psychiatric consultant in a Collaborative Care team.

Structure of the clinical rotation

Collaborative Care teams consists of a care manager embedded in a primary care setting (usually MSW or other behavioral health provider), the primary care provider (both the source of referrals and the prescriber of any medications), and a psychiatric consultant (provides weekly case load supervision and individual case reviews of four to six patients weekly). During this clinical rotation, the resident works directly with a psychiatric consultant to participate in a one to two hour consultation with a care manager, receives a one to two hour supervision with the attending, and may participate in interdisciplinary care team meetings. More information:

Educational content

To support the clinical rotation, we have designed a set of six modules to cover the fundamentals necessary to assume the role of a psychiatric consultant on a Collaborative Care team. This content trains a psychiatrist to function in any role at the interface of primary care and mental health and may be useful in programs even where a Collaborative Care setting isn't available.


OVERVIEW OF ENTIRE SERIES: Collaborative Care Consultation Psychiatry: A Clinical Rotation Curriculum for Psychiatry Residents

Module 1: Psychiatry Resident Training: Introduction to Collaborative Care
Module 2: Psychiatry Resident Training: Introduction to MHIP
Module 3: Psychiatry Resident Training: Collaborative Care Teams
Module 4: Psychiatry Resident Training: Case Finding, Differential Diagnosis and Case Formulation
Module 5: Psychiatry Resident Training: Making Recommendations and Treating to Target
Module 6: Psychiatry Resident Training: Team Building, Workflows, and Quality Improvement