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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, journal clubs, Psychiatry Boards preparation, and special seminars (Hypnosis and Literature of Madness).

Much of the curriculum is organized in "threads," which reflect a particular disease state or content area (for example, "psychosis" or "consult-liaison psychiatry"), and is overseen and frequently updated by faculty thread leaders who specialize in that area, with the goal of having a coordinated four-year arc of learning. The Curriculum Committee, made up of faculty and residents, oversees and coordinates the curriculum, and regularly receives and incorporates resident and faculty feedback.

Didactic Seminars
Thursday mornings are protected seminar time for all residents. The morning begins with "Resident Rounds", attended by residents from all four classes.  This series features topics that are relevant to all training levels, and is also the venue for Professors Rounds.  Following Resident Rounds, each class attends its own didactic series for the rest of the morning.

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 inpatient units.  They then begin their "Introduction to Psychiatry" (ITP) course, which provides a clinically relevant introduction to major disease states and areas in psychiatry, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression, anxiety disorders, consult-liaison psychiatry, addictions, and geriatric psychiatry. The course is designed to be interactive and to cover elements such as pathophysiology, psychopharmacology, and practical clinical skills in each domain. There is also an extensive neurology series, as well as introductory modules on neuroscience, child psychiatry, and community psychiatry.

Second year residents continue to attend the Thursday morning seminar series which expands on topics that were first presented in the PGY1 year. Additional topics include: therapeutic interventions, geriatric psychiatry, consult-liaison psychiatry, 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 Dynamic Psychotherapy".

Third year residents attend seminars, conferences, or rounds multiple 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.  All PGY3 residents also lead a Professors Rounds, in which they present a complicated patient and/or topic area to their resident colleagues and faculty during Resident Rounds.  This is often a highlight of their training experience.

Fourth year residents attend advanced level seminars on Thursday mornings in transition to private practice, history of psychiatry, neurology review, advanced case-based psychopharmacology, and an advanced workshop on short-term dynamic psychotherapy. They also have time built in to hone and complete their Independent Study Project. 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.