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Psychiatry Residency Program – Sample Schedule

PGY1Pratt 2Psych ERMed-ConsultPratt 2Med-ERNeurology
PGY2Pratt 2GeriatricsPratt 2- ECTAddictionsCL- PsychiatryTewksbury


PGY1AddictionsPratt 2Med- InpatientMed-InpatientCL- PsychiatryNeurology
PGY2TewksburyChildERCL- PsychiatryPratt 2CL- Psychiatry

PGY3 is broken up into 5 different outpatient blocks (OPD-A through OPD-E). Below is an example of the weekly schedule of a PGY3 on OPD-B.

AMResident ClinicCambridge District CourtDidacticsCommunity Psychiatry Rotation  
Bay Cove  
2nd and 4th Thursday
Resident Clinic
PMGen Psych Intake ClinicResident ClinicDidacticsLemuel Shattuck Hospital  
Resident Clinic  
1st, 3rd and 5th Thursday
Resident Clinic

PGY4 is dedicated to your chief role and any elective rotations you are interested in. The responsibilities of each PGY4 resident is different and their schedules highly vary depending on their role.


Didactics take place each Wednesday. For PGY-1 and PGY-2 residents, didactics take place from 12:00pm-5:00pm, and for PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents, didactics can be a full day, from 10:00am-5:00pm.

Didactics vary in content throughout the year, with both regular lecture courses and special topics with guest lecturers. Regular didactics series include: Psychopathology, Psychodynamics, Psychiatric Formulations, Interviewing, Psychopharmacology, Neuropsychiatry, Note Writing, Child and Adolescent Fellow series. Other specialty topics include:

  • Medical psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • ECT
  • Religion and Psychiatry
  • Paraphilia
  • Board review/preparation
  • Cognitive Behavioral therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Family/couples therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Cultural psychiatry


There are many lucrative moonlighting opportunities in the Boston area and Tufts residents are allowed to moonlight (and many do) according to the following guidelines:

  • You may only moonlight if you are a US citizen or have a green card.
  • You must have a full Massachusetts license.
  • You must fill out the Tufts Medical Center moonlight authorization form and have it approved by Dr. Morehead and Tufts Medical Center Risk Management (if it is not approved by Tufts Medical Center Risk Management, you will be responsible for supplying your own malpractice insurance).
  • Your training director must know of ALL moonlighting activity.
  • You may not moonlight if you are on warning or probation.
  • You may do no more than 3 TOTAL moonlight calls per month.
  • You must be at least at the PGY III level.
  • You must submit copies of your monthly moonlighting schedule(s).
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