A Day in the Life of a PGY-2
by Kathleen H. Sauer — last modified Aug 19, 2013 04:20 PM
Muhamedlatif Saiyad, M.D.
My alarm beeps and I snooze it off only to wake up in the next few minutes as my team meeting starts promptly at 8 and I need to be there on time. We have our attending, social workers, nurses and other residents in the room. We go through behavioral issues that happened overnight with each individual patients and the future treatment plan on each of our patients during that time. It’s a great opportunity to discuss doubts about patient and get valuable input regarding outpatient follow up and resources available from the social workers.
After that usually we see the patients and write our notes and discuss with the attending if any changes are needed in the plan later during the day. Around 12-1 is when we take our usual lunch break in a great cafeteria with multiple choices. We catch up with colleagues in other rotations during the period and usually plan our social get-togethers.
Being a typical Monday morning, I have my afternoon long term continuity clinic where I see my long term psychotherapy patients once a week. I have my supervisor, Dr. Ruth, who is amazing with psychodynamic therapy. We meet every Friday and discuss my patients, learning how to go about therapy with a particular patient and brainstorm ideas. Usually my day gets done by 5 p.m on Mondays.
Other days of the week, we have a great curriculum with Didactics on most weeks, a mortality and morbidity conference once every month from different clinical sites, Journal club once a month which gives us an opportunity to discuss an article that a resident usually presents and a great learning opportunity.
Coming to Louisville has been remarkable. It has the choicest of restaurants and places to hang out after work and usually most of the psychiatry residents are an enthusiastic bunch. Best part of the residency has also been my amazing colleagues from different areas and the diversity that my program offers.