Curriculum Overview

The primary purpose of Psychiatry residency training is to provide residents with a well-balanced educational program covering multiple clinical disciplines designed to facilitate the preparation for this specific specialty.

We will utilize the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) Clinical Practice Guidelines for care of patients.  We will also demonstrate substantial compliance with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Educations (ACGME) requirements for residency in Psychiatry.

Morning Patient Rounds and Handoffs will be held daily in the inpatient units. An hour-long Clinical Case Conference consisting of discussion around a case report of a current patient is held on Wednesdays. Didactic Lectures are scheduled during the Academic Half Day on Tuesday afternoons from 1-4pm. Psychiatry Residents will be taught through hands-on training, didactics curriculum, including lectures, workshops, employee development department lectures, quality department lectures, and community partners. Each Resident will be required to present interactive clinical case presentations during the didactic sessions throughout the academic year. Journal Club will be held for one hour every month on Thursdays.  Departmental grand rounds will be held for one hour every month.  An off-site Psychiatry Wellness Retreat will be held with faculty involvement annually.

Psychiatry residents will also have two hours of supervision per week with faculty advisors. One hour will be individual with a faculty advisor, and the other hour will be group supervision with a faculty advisor.  This will be scheduled with the faculty advisors and will not interfere with clinical work or other educational activities.

As part of the Psychiatry didactic program, an evaluation form for each of the didactic sessions will be sent out to be completed by the residents attending the session via the residency management system. The evaluations will be monitored by the Program Director, presented to the Program Evaluation Committee (PEC), and incorporated into the Annual Program Evaluation (APE).

There will be multiple didactic presentations provided to the residents and by the residents throughout their training.

The residency’s didactic program is structured as a weekly academic half-day comprised of a rotating schedule of clinical medicine/basic sciences including:

  • Journal Club
  • Grand Rounds
  • Board Review
  • Professional Development
  • Quality Improvement & Patient Safety

In addition to these offerings, residents participate in weekly afternoon case report with their inpatient team and attending physicians. All residents are expected to attend the didactic program offerings unless on their two blocks of inpatient internal medicine or vacation. We will also schedule monthly Grand Rounds with internal and external speakers presenting important topics. Didactics will also be available by videoconferencing as needed.

Residents also receive web-based annual training on HIPAA, recommended quality improvement and patient safety techniques, Electronic Medical Record updates, and other hospital-wide required training.

Residents will also be expected to complete modules from the AMA GME Competency Education Program, and will have access to online medical education courses, board review, journals and textbooks, medical news/updates, and distance learning solutions