PGY-1 Seminars

New for 2013

Based on an initial Education Program Assessment by Dr. Henry Dove, our Associate Head for Education, a Curriculum Review Committee was formed comprised of residents and faculty. The Committee has been hard at work, starting with the didactic curriculum. We have completed the revision to the PGY1 and most of the PGY2 seminars. The Committee will continue to move forward with curriculium revewi and revision process over the next year. This will assist us in planning for the ACGME NAS Milestones which will be implemented in July 2014.

PGY-1 Seminars

Residents attend structured didactic experiences while on medicine, pediatrics, and neurology. While on psychiatry, resident seminars will attend seminars structured to integrate with their clinical experiences.










Emerg Psych

Emerg Psych

Therapeutics and Psychopharmacology


Cultural Psychiatry/Recovery/Public Psych


Brain and Behavior – Psychopathology/phenology


Interview Skills (therapeutic alliance, practice interviews)

Emergency Psychiatry

R. Marvin, MD and Clinical Faculty

Survey of emergency psychiatric issues likely to be encountered by beginning residents during on-call situations. Topics include syndromal assessments, consultative process, legal issues, risk assessments, treatment and disposition. Weekly for 10 weeks; 4 hrs each session

Brain and Behavior / Psychopathology.

M. Schrift, DO and E. Gausche, MD

This seminar is an introduction to the current knowledge regarding how clinically recognizable mental functions are represented and processed in the adult human brain. The goal is for the beginning psychiatry resident to develop an understanding of basic principles of neuropsychiatry through clinical cases manifesting deficits in behavior that are the result of demonstrable brain disease or injury.

Interviewing Skills 

J. Nathan, MD

This seminar introduces the resident to a method of interviewing that allows an integration of subjective and objective observation and historical and phenomenological data. Videotaped interviews made by the resident or the instructor are used to provide feedback. Course focuses on refinement of the clinical interview to specific clinical settings (ER, C/L service). In addition, emphasis is placed on developing a comprehensive case formulation drawing from the biopsychosocial data obtained during the taking of a clinical history regardless of format, time, or setting.

Therapeutics and Psychopharmacology

S. Conrin, MD

Course reviews basic biochemistry and physiology crucial to understanding pharmacological therapies for psychiatric illnesses. Drug absorption, metabolism and excretion mechanisms are reviewed. Residents are introduced to categories of psychotropics, mechanisms of action, side effect profiles, and efficacy studies.

Cultural Diversity in Psychiatry

S. Nand, MD

This seminar is designed to help clinicians become more sensitive to issues pertaining to cultural diversity. Examples include racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, physical, and mental diversity issues. Discussion focuses on how diversity issues impact the overall mental health care delivery system and implications for the therapeutic alliance between patients and clinicians.

Introduction to Recovery from Mental Illness

L. Razzano, PhD

This course is designed to introduce residents to the concepts and issues related to recovery in serious mental illness. It will increase awareness, via dialogues with local community providers, of ways to implement a recovery orientation into clinical practice and the challenges inherent in implementing recovery-focused services. Included is a field trip to a community mental health agency.

Experiential Process Group (Wed noon)

E. Proescher, PhD

This group experience affords the residents an opportunity to explore and process the myriad reactions to the process of transitioning from student to resident to physician. All first-year residents are required to participate in this learning and supportive experience.



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