Psychiatry Residency Program Core Curriculum

The core curriculum of our residency program is rich, varied and innovative. Some seminars and opportunities are available to the entire residency group while others are designed specifically for the different levels of training. The core curriculum includes: didactic seminars, departmental Grand Rounds and Visiting Guest Lecturer series, specialty rounds (Professors Rounds, Departmental Case Conferences, Child Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Neurobehavioral Rounds, and Mood Disorders Rounds), journal clubs, Psychiatry Boards preparation, and special seminars (Hypnosis and Literature of Madness).

The Residency Training Committee (RTC) provides regular feedback regarding the curriculum. A representative from class of residents and key faculty comprise the RTC.

Didactic Seminars


First year residents receive a "Crash Course" in psychiatry that covers essential information they will need to know in order to capably treat patients in the emergency rooms and wards. Thursday mornings are the "protected" seminars time. The morning begins with a 1-hour seminar on Adult Psychopathology and another 1-hour seminar on Interviewing, Communication Skills and Supportive Psychotherapy. These are followed by the Departmental Grand Rounds.


Second year residents continue to attend the Thursday morning seminar series which expands on topics that were first presented in the PG1 year. Additional topics include: therapeutic interventions, geriatric psychiatry, consultation/liaison, child development and psychopathology, behavioral neurology, cross-cultural psychiatry, marital and family therapy and reading the literature. In addition there are 2 weekly seminars on psychotherapy: one on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and another on the "Foundation of Dynamic Psychotherapy".


Third year residents attend seminars, conferences, or rounds five mornings a week. This comprehensive and sophisticated series includes: in depth exposure to all contemporary forms of psychotherapy (supportive, group milieu, hypnotherapy, insight-oriented, marital and family, short- term dynamic, cognitive and integrative psychotherapy), outpatient psychopharmacology, Axis II disorders, ethics, forensic psychiatry, board preparation, teaching skills, cross-cultural/diversity issues, and human sexuality.


Fourth year residents attend advanced level seminars on Thursday mornings in transition to private practice, history of psychiatry, neurology review and an advanced workshop on short-term dynamic psychotherapy. Senior residents are also invited to participate with departmental fellows in the advanced psychopharmacology seminar. Each year, senior residents help develop their own modification and additions to their senior seminars based on the recognized needs and unique interests of each class.

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