Skip to main content

UR Medicine

UR Medicine / Mental Health & Wellness / Adult Services / Medical Services / Inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry (IMIP)

Inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry (IMIP) Unit 1-9200

group of medical standing and talking around desk in medical unit

The Inpatient Medicine in Psychiatry (IMIP) unit is one of a select few hospital units of its kind in the country committed to providing acute medical care for people who may additionally have mental illnesses that can complicate their medical care. IMIP is actively involved in education and scholarship dedicated to team-based, biopsychosocial care targeted to vulnerable patients.

IMIP clinicians work closely with the Medicine in Psychiatry Service’s Primary Care Team. Some clinical staff and faculty work in both the primary care and hospital setting to help ensure careful coordination before and after hospitalization. 

Learn more about MIPS & Outpatient Primary Care coordination


About Our Team

The IMIP unit is staffed by a collaborative multi-disciplinary team, that includes:

  • Nurses with acute medicine and psychiatry skills
  • Nurse practitioners and physician assistants with acute medical care training and interest in psychiatry
  • Social workers experienced in helping patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs
  • A pharmacist focused on medication interactions
  • A psychiatrist who attends bi-weekly team meetings and acts as a bridge between the IMIP unit and the psychiatry consultation program
  • Hospitalist physicians board certified in internal medicine and family medicine

In addition to daily patient rounds, all team-members take part in daily a multi-disciplinary meeting where each patient’s individual needs are discussed from a biopsychosocial perspective. Emphasis is placed on discussing risks and benefits of treatment options, challenges that may interfere with progress, and follow-up care.

man looking at smartphone

Innovation on the IMIP Unit

The IMIP team is actively involved in multiple continuous quality improvement projects. This is facilitated by a dedicated leadership team who are focused on developing innovative services for managing complexity in the health care system. 

IMIP has been at the forefront of a developing collaborations with similar units across the country that are focused on integrating medical and psychiatric care. To read more about the newly created National Consortium of Medical-Psychiatry Units (aka Complexity Intervention Units) and the the MPU consortium visit the Association of Medicine and Psychiatry website.

Clinical Education on IMIP

IMIP is actively involved in training future clinicians and offers clinical rotations to medical students, nursing students, social work students. In addition, IMIP is a training site for pharmacy residents and fellows, psychology doctoral students and psychiatry, internal medicine and family medicine resident-physicians and subspecialist physician fellows. 

  • URMC Department of Psychiatry Residents. During the first year of their psychiatry residency training, interns spend 10 weeks working on the IMIP unit as part of their required internal medicine rotation
  • Nursing Students. IMIP is a favorite capstone elective and group clinical rotation for many nursing students from schools throughout the region
  • Pharmacy Residents and Fellows. IMIP hosts Pharmacists from area universities who are completing their clinical residencies and fellowships.
  • Social Work Students. IMIP hosts social work students from area universities who are completing their BSW or MSW.
  • University of Rochester Psychology Doctoral interns. Two interns in the adult psychology track receive supervised training in integrated care on the IMIP unit, where they function as members of a multidisciplinary team and provide brief psychotherapeutic interventions, behavioral programming, psychological assessments, and didactics
  • URMC Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Med-Peds Residents. IMIPS services as an elective site for those interested in team-based care, medical-psychiatric integration and complexity interventions.

Interested in learning more about IMIPS rotations?

Medical students contact Dr. Movva. Residents contact Dr. Bobeda.
For more information about clinical education, please visit the MIPS Division.