PGY-3 Seminars

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

Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice

R. Marvin, MD

This course provides residents with an introduction to the principles of evidence-based medicine and how they are applied to clinical psychiatric practice. Topics include forming a clinical question using PICO (patient-intervention-comparison-outcome), analyzing the literature, and integrating evidence into clinical practice.

Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy


This seminar is designed to illustrate the principles of individual dynamic psychotherapy. Residents present their patients in a group setting. The seminar leader encourages a discussion of what is happening in the therapy (e.g., transference, countertransference) and what the different options are at each therapeutic junction. Discussions are supplemented by readings in psychotherapy including historical articles concerning its development. PGY-4 residents also attend.

Advanced Psychopharmacology

A. Loew, MD

This seminar is designed to provide advanced knowledge of psychopharmacology and treatment strategies as well as the relevant clinical neuroscience of the major neuropsychiatric disorders. Special topics include medication adherence and medication non-response.

Realities of Psychiatry

S. Nand, MD

This seminar focuses on organizational structure and administration. Starting from a perspective of exploring resident experiences during job interviews, an attempt is made to have the resident understand what information is available about the organization, what additional information needs to be gathered, and how one can attempt to make some assessment of whether organization structure, values, and culture mesh with the needs of the individual applicant.

Family Therapy

S. Mason, PhD

Techniques of family intervention are emphasized in a format that provides didactic material, coupled with clinical case consultation. Through videotape review and one-way mirror observation, families are seen by the seminar leaders and other residents. The case dynamics and possible interventions are then discussed.

Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy

J. Francis, PhD

This is an advanced course in cognitive-behavioral therapies as they apply to various psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, and stress disorders.

Research Methodologies

O. Ajilore, MD, PhD

This seminar provides an introduction to clinical research in its broadest sense. Topics focus on and include idea/hypothesis generation through data collection, statistics, and writing and publishing papers. On-going research at UIC is reviewed.

Social Psychiatry

K. Rospenda, PhD and C. Rosen, PhD

The goal of this course is to familiarize and sensitize residents to how and why social factors are important to the practice of psychiatry. Major areas reviewed include psychiatric epidemiology; how role-based experiences (e.g., in the family, at work, as a patient) are related to mental health; immigration and mental health; the effects of social class, race, and ethnicity on psychiatric symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment; the doctor-patient relationship; and the impact of social factors on the ethics of psychiatric research. Emphasis is placed on group participation and the sharing of relevant clinical case examples to illustrate the impact of social factors on the experiences, health, and treatment of patients. Residents meet with patients from community based support groups such has Hearing Voices Network and NAMI.

Group Psychotherapy

R. Hooper, PhD

This seminar reviews the theoretical basis for and the fundamental process of group psychotherapy. Practical issues in the phases of group therapy as well as efficacy studies are presented. Some of the issues are illustrated by use of audio and video recorded sessions from resident-run groups.

Introduction to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy

E. Astrachan Fletcher, PhD

This seminar will teach participants to understand the theory and development of DBT, including the necessary component of learning the balance of acceptance and change. Participants will understand the basic skill modules in DBT including core mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Realities of Practice

N. Chapman, MD

This course is provided to PGY-3 and PGY-4 residents and covers the basics of maintaining a clinical practice, including contracts, malpractice and legal topics.

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