Psychiatry Residency at Henry Ford Questions and Answers

Why come to Detroit?

Detroit is thriving, growing and changing. It continues to be home to one of the most diverse urban populations in the US. This results in an incredible learning opportunity for trainees. Lastly, but just as important, Detroit is an incredibly affordable place to live. This means that residents can live comfortably even while in training.

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Why choose Henry Ford?

Detroit is an amazing place to train. Learning to practice psychiatry at Henry Ford exposes one to a diverse patient population in variety of clinical settings. We are a creative, collaborative learning community. Teaching and close clinical supervision are emphasized early in training. Later autonomy allows for individual practice styles to emerge. This balance results in total preparedness for transition to a variety of practice types.

Some highlights include:

  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Diverse patient population 
  • Recreational and cultural opportunities as well as being minutes from popular suburban areas
  • Strong and close supervision
  • Home call and night float system
  • Wellness curriculum
  • Strong didactics that focus on a patient-centered learning model
  • Voluntary paid shift opportunities
  • Yearly resident retreat
  • No 24-hour psychiatry on-call
  • Many residents transition into practice at Henry Ford

Do residents find the staff to be friendly, helpful, and available?

Yes. We have a core group of teaching faculty who integrate clinical supervision and didactic teaching into their daily work. In addition, we have a larger group of faculty members who interact with residents less frequently and are dedicated to teaching.

Does the program allow me to tailor to my specific interests?

Yes. The program works to foster personal interests within the scope of ACGME requirements.

Do the residents socialize after work-hours?

Yes. Residents socialize after work hours both formally and informally. Formal educational activities include book, journal and research clubs. We hold regular Film Clubs, where staff and residents watch movies and discuss them from a psychological perspective. Staff will join with residents, but the environment remains informal and relaxed for all who attend. The most relaxed social activities happen spontaneously, where residents gather for potlucks, dinners or sports outings. Our work environment stresses collaboration over competition and this fosters friendships which last through residency and beyond.

Is there protected time for didactics?

Yes. There are protected hours every week.

Do residents use an electronic medical record (EMR) system?

Yes. HFHS has transitioned to a unified electronic medical record system called Epic. It is estimated that by 2020 about 2/3 of all patients receiving care in the USA will have an Epic EMR. It is generally considered to be the gold standard of EMRs, with electronic prescribing and hospital orders built in. Currently, all of Henry Ford Health System is using Epic.

What are the stipends and benefits?

Visit the Henry Ford GME office page for more information for applicants. 

How much vacation time are residents given?

Each resident receives 22 working days of paid time off (PTO) per academic year.

Do residents have paid time-off for conferences?

Yes. PGY 3 and PGY 4 residents may take off up to 5 days per year for educational conferences. Other PGY levels are supported when presenting as well.

Do residents receive a stipend for books, conferences and other educational expenses?

Yes. Discretionary funds are available for education-related expenses to further development as physicians while in the training program. The Professional Development Fund must be used within the specified academic year.

Are there opportunities for residents to teach?

Yes. Residents participate in a formal Teaching to Teach Program and teach informally as well.

Do residents participate in improving the residency program?

Yes. Our Program is just that - Our Program. We work collaboratively to make positive changes. Additionally, we encourage residents to speak out in order to effect positive change. There are formal opportunities for residents to learn about Quality Improvement processes, and even apply what they've learned on a QI project. This can directly involve the Residency Program. Residents are given multiple opportunities for providing feedback and participating in program change. Monthly resident meetings are held to discuss rotation improvement needs. An annual Resident Retreat allows residents protected time to systematically review the residency. While Anonymous Psound-Off affords total anonymity for sharing concerns. Near weekly interactions (both formal and informal) between the Program Director and the residents enhance collegiality and encourage a collaborative environment that supports positive, continuous change.

Do residents participate in Quality Improvement(QI)?

Yes. Henry Ford Health System is a recognized center of quality improvement work. Our own Department has won awards for this. Perfect Depression Care and the Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Programs are two examples. A formal QI course occurs yearly. A combination of didactics, workshop sessions, Open School electronic self-study curriculum and personal mentoring through a group QI project, all serve to prepare trainees for the future landscape of medicine, where physicians will be expected to participate in QI activities. In addition, residents have a unique opportunity to participate in Tap Root Analysis sessions, where QI professionals assist in examining every aspect of sentinel events. During these sessions we critically appraise processes for the purpose of reducing future risk.

Do residents participate in community events?

Yes. There are plenty of formal opportunities through the Health System, the House Staff Council and the Department. These are great ways to connect with and build social community with like-minded colleagues and community members.

Are residents involved in recruitment?

Yes. Residents are asked to participate in the recruitment process and provide feedback which is critical in the selection process. Residents host dinners the evening before interview days, tour candidates through the Hospital and have a chance to informally address concerns and questions. Additionally, residents participate in ranking candidates.

What kind of reference resources do residents have access to?

24-hour remote access is granted to the Sladen Library System. Through Sladen, residents have unrestricted access to Up-To-Date, Clinical Pharmacology, StatRef!, OVID, journals, textbooks and multiple other resources. Journals and textbooks are also available through Psychiatry Online. Additionally, the medical education department employs staff to assist with resident-driven research and publications. This support is extended for assistance with case reports, grand rounds and journal club presentations as well.

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