From Maxine Pottenger, Second Year CAP Fellow
The second year of fellowship allowed me to explore in depth outpatient community psychiatry, subspecialty clinics, and research. There were several half-day clinics each week that spanned the entire year; these longitudinal experiences deepened my relationships with patients and families, allowing me to hone skills in treating a wide variety of patients. I particularly enjoyed the outpatient community psychiatry clinic where the team model fosters weekly discussion between therapists and psychiatrists and increased independence in direct patient care. Another highlight is the developmental disabilities clinic, where I learned from an attending with subspecialty expertise, as well as from the diverse patient population we served. In addition to clinical experiences, I had plenty of elective time to conduct a patient safety research project with faculty mentorship. These experiences and mentor relationships prepared me well for my first job after fellowship.
Given the ample time for professional development in second year, taking home-call one night every other week felt very manageable. In fact, doing admissions on-call helped me recognize my professional growth over the two years in fellowship, as my interview style and decision making evolved. It always made my day when an attending or first year fellow on the inpatient service sent me an email of appreciation about an on-call admission. Getting to know the inpatient nursing staff over two years was a hidden bonus of call—the team camaraderie made work feel even more worthwhile.