TRAINING PROGRAMS and SUBSPECIALTIES
A. GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY RESIDENCY TRAINING PROGRAM
The UP-PGH Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine offers one of the most unique and enriching residency training programs in the country. It is a three-year General Psychiatry program which applies the biopsychosocial perspective of health and disease. Its vision is to produce well-rounded psychiatrists who will be trainors and leaders in the mental health field and who will serve the greater majority of the population through established health institutions.
B. FELLOWSHIP IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY
The Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was started in 1982 as a two-year fellowship program with the objective of producing fellows who are competent in child and adolescent clinical psychiatry, teaching and research. There are four positions available in the section, two for each year level. Service is extended to child and adolescent patients referred to the Section, both on outpatient and inpatient bases.
Several linkages exist with different multidisciplinary teams as a part of the program. Consultation-liaison work is done with other departments in the hospital. Every fellow rotates through all of these areas with the hope of giving services to a larger population of Filipino children while providing training for the fellow in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. In recent years, activities have expanded to include linkages with schools and the community. Likewise, fellows are further trained in handling forensic cases involving children and adolescents.
C. FELLOWSHIP IN SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY PSYCHIATRY
The Section of Social and Community Psychiatry started offering its fellowship program in 1989. The program embodies the concepts and principles of both social and community psychiatry. Training is carried out through didactics and field work.
Weekly didactic sessions are held to better understand the theoretical framework of Social and Community Psychiatry (SCP). The role of relevant branches of the social and behavioral sciences such as public health, biostatistics and epidemiology, sociology, humanities and anthropology in SCP are also explored. Case conferences are held to tackle interesting and problematic cases of patients using the perspectives of social and community psychiatry.
The application of the theoretical input is done through programs which are being undertaken by the Section in collaboration with other government and non-government.agencies.
D. FELLOWSHIP IN CONSULTATION-LIAISON PSYCHIATRY
The general objective of the two-year Consultation-Liaison Fellowship Program is to train a post-residency fellow in maintaining a link between Psychiatry and the other fields of medicine in the provision of comprehensive health care, research, and teaching of the biopsychosocial aspects of medicine. Aside from the consultation aspect of the program, the fellow also trains in formulating, establishing and implementing liaison programs with other units of the hospital, such as the Pain Clinic, Center for Memory and Cognition, Burn Unit, Renal Dialysis Unit, Cancer Institute and Breast Care Center.
Other activities include didactics conducted by a Consultation-Liaison consultant, one-on-one supervision of cases and programs being designed and implemented by the fellow, case conferences in and out of the Department, seminars on consultation-liaison issues, research and teaching rounds with residents.
April 2004 marked the 40th anniversary of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine of the Philippine General Hospital. To celebrate this important milestone, the department has lined up a series of monthly activities in pursuance of the theme “Leadership in Psychiatry and Mental Health” from April 2004 - April 2005. The year-long celebration aims to highlight the department’s role as a center of excellence in the academic, research and service activities in the field of Psychiatry.
The 40 th Anniversary Celebration Kick-off was held last April 2, 2004. The Department Chair Dr. Cynthia R. Leynes led the celebration and welcomed the guests who included representatives from UP Manila (Vice-Chancellor Mayvelyn Gose) and the UP College of Medicine (Dr. Coralie Dimacali). Dr. Baltazar V. Reyes, the Founding Chairman of the department, delivered the Inspirational Talk. The department's consultants, residents, nursing and paramedical staff were on hand to celebrate the momentous event.
Various symposia and scientific meetings have already been conducted as part of the anniversary celebration. A whole-day activity for Caregivers of Patients with Schizoprhenia was conducted last June 15, 2004 by the Patient Services Section. A symposium entitled “Lessons from a Psychiatrist's Life” was held on July 21, 2004 with Dr. Lourdes Vera-Lapuz, former chair of the department as speaker. The Section of Social and Community Psychiatry had its turn last September 28, 2004 through the symposium on “Interface Between Psychiatry and Mental Health” with Dr. Lourdes L. Ignacio, Professor Randy David and Professor Felipe Jocano as speakers. The department's Research Committee also presented a lecture on “Epidemiology of Mental Illnesses: Local and World Perspectives” last October 11, 2004 with Dr. Dinah Nadera as speaker.
A one-day Post-graduate Course entitled “When Teachers and Doctors Work Together”, through the department's Section of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry last August 20, 2004 at UPCM Class '72 theater. The event was well-attended by teachers, counselors and other school officials throughout the country. The post-graduate course came in the heels of the inauguration of the Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Clinic (through a Memorandum of Agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica) and the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Center at Ward 7 last July 21, 2004.
Other activities lined up for the year-long celebration include a Training for Trainors Seminar, Behavioral Medicine Workshop, Consultation-Liaison Round Table Discussion and Recognition Night on April 2005.