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The combined program in Psychiatry and Neurology is a six-year program. The PGY-I year includes 8 blocks of medicine (including ER and ICU), 2 blocks of neurology, and 2 blocks of psychiatry. The PGY-II and PGY-III years are spent primarily in psychiatry. The PGY-IV and PGY-V years are spent primarily in neurology (with outpatient psychotherapy work carried forward through the neurology years). The PGY-VI year is a combined psychiatry/neurology year in which the resident functions in a similar capacity to the neuropsychiatry fellow. This program accommodates one resident per year. Combined Neuropsychiatry trainees have the unique opportunity to follow patients in the neuropsychiatry clinic under Dr. Benjamin's supervision from their PGY-II through PGY-VI years. Applicants should note that one of the codirectors (Dr. Benjamin) underwent combined neurology and psychiatry training himself.
Combined program applicants must be interviewed by both programs, typically over two days. Applicants should take into account the stresses inherent in a longer training program when considering combined training. Program administration is shared between the two programs. Detailed information about each of the above programs is available at the UMass Psychiatry and UMass Neurology Programs. Neuropsychiatry applicants are strongly encouraged to join the American Neuropsychiatric Association. Membership includes subscription to the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clilnical Neurosciences, which is strongly recommended reading.
For information on Neuroscience at UMass, please visit the following UMass web sites: Brudnick Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Neurology Research, Program in Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience Program/MRI
Codirectors: Sheldon Benjamin, MD, and Raphael Carandang, MD