Psychiatry Residency Program Seminars

Grand Rounds And Visiting Guest Lecturers

Grand Rounds is a department-wide educational activity. Directed by the chairman of the department and the residency training director, Grand Rounds includes clinical presentations by the residents as well as clinical and research presentations by faculty and visiting academic clinicians. Topics range from molecular biological approaches for psychiatric disorders to the public policy implications of international psychiatry. Grand Rounds is an exciting and stimulating teaching experience for all concerned.

Specialty Rounds

A wide assortment of specialty rounds are available to the residents. PGY3 residents have the opportunity to present challenging cases to the chairman or other senior faculty in the forum of Professors Rounds. Clinical Case Conferences are hosted at each of the major sites of the program.

Journal Clubs

One of the goals of UC San Diego’s Residency in Psychiatry is to insure that residents learn how to think critically about clinical and research issues. The journal club format facilitates this process; therefore, journal clubs and a geropsychiatry journal club are available all four years. Residents learn how to read and critique current and classic medical and psychiatric literature. Through this process, the resident develops an ongoing ability to critically weigh the relative merits of contemporary psychiatric practices.

Literature Of Madness Seminar

One of the truly unique features of the program is the Literature of Madness Seminar. It is co-led by the former training director (Dr. Robert Nemiroff) and the present training director. Meeting at least quarterly, this seminar covers both classical and contemporary literature, theater, and other arts as they apply to modern psychiatry. All residents, fellows, and faculty are invited.

Boards Preparation

All of our residents and fellows take part in the National Psychiatry Resident-in-Training Examinations (PRITE), a standardized computer self-assessment test. This examination is a designed self-assessment and to prepare residents for the written portion of the Psychiatry and Neurology Boards. Individual test scores are given to the resident and his or her performance, including both strengths and weaknesses, are discussed with the residency training director. In addition, the residency groups scores are compared with other programs nationally. This information is given to the Core Curriculum Committee for continued program improvement and evolution.

Residents are required to complete at least 3 Clinical Skills Verification ( CSV) Oral Examinations before graduation. These have replaced the old Part II ABPN examinations. We are moving towards incorporating these examinations as core features of each clinical rotation throughout training, In the fourth year of training, residents receive an extensive board review course in psychiatry and neurology to prepare them for the ABPN certifying examination which are given following graduation (akin to the old Part 1 ABPN examinations).