Curriculum

Formal didactic instruction occurs on Tuesday afternoons for Psychiatry Residents. This is a protected educational afternoon, free from clinical obligations. The curriculum is comprehensive and balanced in an attempt to keep topics board-relevant as well as applicable to current psychiatric practice. Each Tuesday, residents from every class gather together for resident council at lunchtime, followed by a series of lectures.  This promotes cohesiveness and collegiality among the residents, giving them the opportunity to learn about the various phases of learning directly from their upper-level residents as well as promoting mentorship.

12 - 12:45
1 - 1:45
2 - 2:45
3 - 3:45
4 - 4:45
Resident Council/Lunch
Prite/Board Review
Didactic Hour One
Didactic Hour Two
Didactic Hour Three

Grand Rounds take place every Friday and offers further diversity to the education of residents.  Speakers are selected from local and national pools and residents participate by giving presentations as well.

Every year, in early Fall, residents around the country are evaluated through participation in the Psychiatry Resident in Training Examination (PRITE).  Residents are compared with peer groups as well as other strata within their programs and throughout the USA.  Feedback allows residents to identify areas of weakness in their education in preparation for Psychiatric Board Examination following residency.  Residents in our department are also evaluated through annual Mock Orals.  These examinations offer formal evaluation of individual residents clinical abilities to provide useful feedback to strengthen their performance in the Psychiatric Board Examination.

A yearly breakdown of the curriculum is provided below.  For information on the Med/Psych curriculum, please visit the Med/Psych web page. 

Year 1 :  The PGY I curriculum begins one week prior to July 1 with an orientation designed to prepare incoming PGY I's for their responsibilities as a psychiatric resident.  Emphasis in the first year of training includes the essentials of emergency psychiatry, fundamental psychiatric interviewing and enhancement of diagnostic skills. Pharmacologic management and psychotherapeutic approaches are discussed. Rotations emphasize learning the basis of recognizing and treating acute crises and learning to understand the impact of chronic mental illness on patients.  In addition, the primary care and neurology requirements are built into the first year.

Sample PGY I Rotation Schedule:

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

Year 2 :  The PGY II curriculum builds on fundamentals with advanced interviewing techniques and a comprehensive lecture series on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Additionally, board relevant topics in child and adolescent psychiatry. extensive spiritual/cultural considerations for psychiatric care, delivery treatment of special populations, ethics, research techniques and continued psychotherapy education and preparation for assuming responsibility for individual psychotherapy cases. Rotations emphasize the development of second year residents abilities to initiate and follow patient plans of care, and foster mentorship of first year residents.

Sample PGY II Rotation Schedule:

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

Years 3 and 4 :  The PGY III and IV curriculum emphasizes comparative psychotherapies, advanced issues in psychotherapy, preparation for teaching, and transition to practice seminars. The curriculum offers flexibility for seniors to structure specialized academic interests through a senior seminar, an administrative psychiatric seminar as well as experience in teaching younger resident classes under supervision.  Third year residents rotate through several outpatient clinics throughout the year, gaining a better understanding of how outpatient services impact the field of psychiatry.  Fourth year rotations are much more variable, being tailored more closely to the individual resident's interests.

Sample PGY III Rotation Schedule:

July
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
 Nov.
Dec.
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics
Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May 
June 
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics
Outpatient Clinics

Sample PGY IV Rotation Schedule:

July 
Aug.
Sept.
Oct.
 Nov.
Dec.
Consult/ Liaison
Consult/ Liaison
Senior Elective
Senior Elective
Senior Elective
Substance Abuse
Jan.
Feb.
Mar.
Apr.
May 
June
Geriatrics
Admin. Elective
Admin. Elective
Consult/ Liaison
Senior Elective
Senior Elective