PGY-1 Seminars

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

Brain and Behavior


Introduction to Therapeutics and Psychopharmacology


Cultural Psychiatry / Recovery / Public Psych


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.

O. Ajilore, MD, PhD

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 

M. Gambino, 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 in implementing recoveryfocused services. Included is a field trip to a community mental health agency.

Cultural Psychiatry/Recovery/Public Psych

M. Dominguez, MD, MPH

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.

Experiential Process Group (Wed noon)

H. Passi, 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.

Introduction to Psychotherapy Practice

R. Marvin, MD 

This seminar introduces the resident to the basics of seeing patients in the outpatient therapy setting. The focus is on practical aspects of the process, such as introducing the concepts of therapy to patients, setting the frame, billing, and documentation.

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