Inpatient Major-Outpatient Minor vs. Outpatient Major-Inpatient Minor

 

 

The primary difference in Intern experience is one of relative emphasis rather than different clinical experiences.  Interns spend approximately 25-45% of their time on the inpatient units, and 25-45% of their experience in the outpatient clinic.  Interns designated as "Inpatient Major-Outpatient Minor" typically spend more time on the inpatient unit; they lead the treatment team on one of the inpatient units, lead or co-lead 1-2 groups on the unit, see 7-8 individual clients on the unit 2-3 times per week; and have 8-12 individual or group sessions in the outpatient clinic.  Interns designated as "Outpatient Major-Inpatient Minor" lead or co-lead 2-3 groups on the inpatient unit; see 5-7 individual clients on the unit 2-3 times per week; attend treatment teams for their own individual clients on the inpatient unit; and have 8-15 individual or group sessions in the outpatient clinic.  Interns designated as "Outpatient Major-Inpatient Minor" typically have a few more clients or groups in the outpatient clinic, and have more involvement in program development or milieu support in the outpatient clinic. 

 

Overall, Interns participate in the same activities and achieve all of the core competencies.  However across the year the skills and interests of the Interns sometimes become more distinctly specialized between inpatient and outpatient populations and settings. 

 

 

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