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- Nov 8, 2013
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That is interesting, since that means there is not very much time to pursue your own interests if the only way to get that is to do a chiefship and research (as these are forced choices). most programs PGY-4s can mostly do whatever they want. i didn't realize that wasnt the case at UCLA.
I'm not sure what is meant by "forced choices" here. Perhaps it would be helpful to explain further.
All PGY-4 residents are expected to do 6 half-days of clinics per week, with an additional half-day of lectures. This leaves 1.5 days for anything you want (most residents use it for moonlighting). Of the 6 half-days, you are able to choose from over 40 different clinics (general outpatient, mood, psychosis, women's, substance, psycho-oncology, CBT, DBT, TMS, therapy, etc.), and as PGY-4's you get priority in selecting which clinics you want.
You are able to get 2 half-days of "clinic credit" towards research, which can be whatever project you wish to pursue. Regarding chiefships, you get an additional 2 half-days of clinic credit. Anyone can do a chiefship in any area they want. Some examples are education chief, psychotherapy chief, telepsychiatry chief, inpatient chief, geriatrics chief, consult-liaison chief, research chief (if you want additional time to do your research), etc.
So overall, at least from the perspective of the residents, there is very much the sense that PGY-4's can mostly do whatever they want.