Psychiatry Residency Rotations

Dr Aguilar presenting for residents

Cooper Rotations

Inpatient Psychiatry

The Inpatient Adult Psychiatry Service at Cooper University Health Care is a 14-bed voluntary unit that provides an atmosphere conducive to facilitating patient recovery. A therapeutic milieu that includes attending psychiatrists, psychiatric residents, nurses, psychologists, psychology students, and social work provides for optimum patient care in an inpatient setting. Care is coordinated with referring physicians, agencies, and therapists to maintain patient care in the surrounding community once the patient is discharged from the hospital.

The inpatient Unit provides residents with an invaluable experience in managing a variety of cases and patients from various ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The rotation is structured to teach residents a comprehensive multidimensional approach to patient care that utilizes psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

The involuntary inpatient experience is done at the Atlantic City site during the PGY 2 year.

Emergency Psychiatry

As part of the emergency psychiatry rotation, residents rotate through the emergency department at Cooper University Health Care. The design of this rotation provides residents the skills in assessing, diagnosing, and managing a wide variety of psychiatric emergencies.

Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation & Liaison Psychiatry)

Psychiatric consultation services for adult and pediatric/adolescent patients are provided at Cooper University Health Care to all departments including Trauma, Critical Care, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Endocrinology, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics and Gynecology. During this rotation, residents work closely with staff physicians and residents in various fields of medicine providing treatment recommendations to assist in the care of their patients from a psychiatric standpoint. The resident will also gain experience in Electroconvulsive treatment of patients in the outpatient and inpatient setting. Psychologists and psychology students also rotate alongside the psychiatrist and psychiatry residents in this service providing additional experience in a wide range of psychotherapeutic treatments.

Adult Outpatient Psychiatry

The outpatient experience at Cooper University is an important part of resident training. During this rotation, PGY 3 and 4 residents work in several general and specialty clinics that provide the resident the opportunity to learn about and acquire skills encompassing different models of care that are employed today.   Residents are required to carry at least 2 therapy cases per year and apply various psychotherapy models (ie CBT, Psychodynamic, Supportive, Interpersonal and Combined Psychotherapy.)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

PGY 3 residents are able to rotate in various outpatient settings and a residential treatment center.  Residents have the opportunity to gain skills in interviewing children, adolescents and families as well as learn family therapy. They also gain experience in child psychopharmacotherapy.  PGY 4 residents have the option of continuing this clinic as an elective. Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry are integrated into the inpatient, consultation and outpatient rotations.  Electives concentrating in these areas are also available./

Internal Medicine

This is a four-month rotation required for board eligibility in psychiatry.  Usual rotation involves floor services, rehab and ambulatory medicine. If you are interested in Child & Adolescent, one of the four months can be done in Pediatrics. 


This is a two-month rotation required for board eligibility in Psychiatry.  This service consists of doing inpatient, consults and outpatients care. 


(Other electives are available, discuss with Program Director. Electives outside of NJ/DE need PD/RTC approval then GME/Legal approval.)

  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Adult General Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Consultation & Liaison (Psychosomatic) Psychiatry
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Community Psychiatry
  • Research
  • ECT
  • Administrative Psychiatry