As part of the emergency psychiatry experience, residents rotate through the Hershey Medical Center Emergency Department during daytime hours as a supplement to the Consult/Liaison rotation, and on call in the evenings during all rotations. Residents in this rotation are involved with all aspects of evaluating, diagnosing, and recommending disposition of psychiatric patients seen in the Emergency Department. They are supervised by an attending Psychiatrist and work hand in hand with the social work department to arrange appropriate final disposition.
This is a structured rotation designed to develop the residents' skills in evaluation, diagnosis, management, and disposition for a broad variety of psychiatric emergencies. Utilizing different treatment modalities, the experience deepens the residents' knowledge and understanding of psychiatric crises, including their consequences on the patient's life.