Curriculum

Formal didactic instruction occurs on Tuesday (PGY 1 & 2) or Friday afternoons (PGY 3 & 4) from 1-5 pm with typically 1 hour lectures/conferences. Grand Rounds... local, regional and nationals pools with residents also presenting as part of their graduation requirement Every fall, residents take the PRITE (Psychiatry Resident in Training Examination) which allows resident and program comparison of individual, local and national peer scores to identify strengths and weaknesses that can be worked on. Residents also take the national Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Competency Test (PPCT) annually to assess improvement  in their skills in this as well. Annual CSE (Clinical Skills Exam) are done at the end of PGY 2, 3, 4 years to assess resident progress and provide feedback.

All residents receive didactics in "Residents as Teachers" role with medical students. As well, all PGY years have a weekly case conference hour that combines PGY 1 & 2 and PGY 3 & 4.

PGY 1

Orientation curriculum starts a week before July 1 to prepare incoming interns for their upcoming year in their various rotations. Emphasis in the PGY 1 year is on interviewing and diagnostic skills utilizing DSM 5, emergency psychiatry, as well as pharmacological management and psychotherapeutic relevant to the psychiatry inpatient, primary care, and neurology rotations. Learning how to manage crisis and acute care is an important part of this year.

Sample PGY I Rotation Schedule:

July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
 Nov.
Dec.
Inpatient
Psychiatry
Neurology
Inpatient
Psychiatry
Inpatient  Primary
 Care
Emergency
Psychiatry
Neurology
Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May 
June 
Outpatient  Primary
Care
Inpatient Primary
Care
Outpatient Primary
Care
Inpatient
Psychiatry
Outpatient  Primary
Care
Outpatient Primary
Care

PGY 2

This year  builds on fundamentals with introduction to the core psychotherapies as well as child psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and behavioral neurology, which correlates with the primary rotations in this year. Residents develop more complex inpatient care plans and informally mentor first year residents on these units.

Sample PGY II Rotation Schedule:

July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
 Nov.
Dec.
Inpatient
Psychiatry
Consult Liaison
Psychiatry
Inpatient
Psychiatry
Night Float
Inpatient
Psychiatry
Inpatient
Psychiatry
Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May 
June
Child Inpatient
Psychiatry
Inpatient 
Psychiatry
Night Float
Inpatient 
Psychaitry
Consult/ Liaison
Psychiatry
Inpatient
Psychiatry

PGY 3

The 3rd year of residency has a strong  emphasis on advanced psychotherapy learning and intensive supervision utilizing videotaped sessions of the resident's cases. Advanced psychopharmacology including substance abuse is also presented this year. Rotations in a number of outpatient clinics give the residents opportunity for a more independent role in diverse patient exposure and supervision.

Sample PGY III Rotation Schedule> July-June Outpatien Clinics:

Monday
a.m.
Tuesday
a.m.
Wednesday
a.m.
Thursday
a.m.
Friday
a.m.
Psychotherapy
Outpatient  Child
Clinics
Adult Outpatient 
University Psychiatry
Clinic
Student Counseling
Adult Outpatient
Psychiatry Clinic
Monday
p.m.
Tuesday
p.m.
Wednesday
p.m.
Thursday
p.m.
Friday
p.m.
Women;s Mental
Health
Adult Outpatient
Psychiatry Clinic
Adult Mental Health
Clinic
Student Counseling
Didactics            

Note: All residents will do Adult Outpatient Psychiatry, Substance Use Disorder and Psychotherapy clinics as well as one or more of the specialty clinics.

PGY 4

The senior year curriculum focuses more on resident consolidation of prior learning with more senior roles in inpatient and C/L roles helping to mentor junior residents. Six months of electives round out the curriculum with  the residents' particular interests helping direct sub-specialization or work choices. Past electives have been Hospital Psychopharmacology, Clinical Living Center Consultation, Tele-psychiatry, Women's Health, PTSD, Emergency Psychiatry, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, ECT, TMS, Group Psychotherapy, Hypnosis, Resident as Teacher, and Research.  Residents are encouraged to develop new electives that suit their interests. Psychiatry and Neurology Board Review course, Transition to Practice, and continuation of clinical psychotherapy training prepared the resident for future board certification and employment.

Sample PGY IV Rotation Schedule:

July 
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
 Nov.
Dec.
Senior Consult/ Liaison
Psychiatry
Inpatient
Psychiatry
Senior Inpatient
Psychiatry
Elective
Consult Liaison
Elective
Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May 
June
Elective
Night Float
 Elective
Inpatient
Psychiatry
Elective
 Elective
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