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PGY-2 Seminars

In addition to structured didactic experiences while on the various psychiatry inpatient rotations, psychiatry seminars in the second year include the following:

Women's Mental Health

S. Shoush, MD

This seminar introduces residents to clinically relevant sex and gender differences. Trainees will learn about the influence of the female reproductive cycle on psychopathology and how to alter clinical practice, including patient interviewing, examination, evaluation and treatment, based on these differences.

Psychopathology and Therapeutics

J Nathan, MD 

The goal of this seminar is to familiarize residents with multiple paradigms for understanding and interpreting psychiatric phenomenology. General principles of psychopharmacology are discussed along with the major drug categories. The mechanism of action, the contraindications and indications, the side effects, and practical advice on the usage of each drug are provided. It will also promote development of critical thinking about psychiatric illness and introduce residents to current ideas and research through exposure to experts in these areas.

Biochemical Basis of Psychopathology and Neuropharmacology

D. Gavin, MD, M. Schrift, DO, and R. Sharma, MD

This seminar covers current biological hypotheses about the mind-to-brain relationship, the molecular regulation of brain function, and the mode of action of drugs typically used in the treatments of psychiatric disorders.

Introduction to Ethics and Forensic Psychiatry

L. Grossman, PhD

This seminar acquaints residents with the basic aspects of forensic psychiatry and helps them understand the differences between forensic and general psychiatry.

Normal Development and Child/Adolescent Psychopathology

G. Fox, MD

This course begins by reviewing a variety of basic developmental themes: physical, cognitive, attachment, attention, language, temperament, psychosexual, psychosocial, object relation theory, and separation-individuation. Live and videotaped interviews of normal children at various ages are used to supplement the readings. Next, assessment techniques and various therapeutic modalities with children and adolescents are reviewed. The final section reviews psychopathology and surveys the major mental and behavioral disorders of childhood and adolescence.

Psychological and Neuropsychological Assessments

N. Pliskin, PhD

This seminar is an introduction to Neuropsychology and the indications for psychological testing and interpretation of psychological tests. In addition, residents are taught how to synthesize the information obtained from psychological testing in arriving at a clinical diagnosis.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

J. Francis, PhD

This course introduces the principles of cognitive-behavioral theory and its efficacy in the treatment of varied psychopathological states. Didactics and videotapes of actual treatment sessions are used to facilitate learning.

The Essentials of Modern Psychotherapy

R. Marvin, MD

The goal of this seminar is to help residents gain an understanding of psychodynamic psychotherapy and how this may be applied to working with a wide variety of patients in therapy. The uses of psychodynamic psychotherapy, the selection of appropriate cases and mechanics (time, setting, termination), issues of self-awareness, transference and countertransference are addressed.

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