The faculty and staff of UIC/IJR are deeply committed to teaching. The training program has comprehensive didactics, which often include social work and psychology interns. Additionally, seminars are conducted with Rush University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residents as well. We have developed a cooperative affiliation for these didactics which has benefited both programs. Class sizes range from 5-6 trainees.
In the last year, courses have been reviewed by both teaching faculty and fellows. This review has led to some revisions based primarily on adult learning theory with the emphasis on active learning and fewer didactics using the lecture format. We are excited about these changes and will be continuing to evaluate and improve our didactics.
First year didactics
The first-year didactics are given on Thursday mornings during protected time and provide an overview of basic issues needed to "get up to speed" and function clinically over the next two years. These courses include "Child Psychiatry Basics," "Introduction to Child Psychopharmacology," , “Normal Development”, “Developmental Psychopathology " School Consultation," "Child-focused Family Therapy," "Psychiatry and The Law,", "Psychological Testing", “Cultural Psychiatry”, “Systems of Care” and "Basic Neurobiology" which are taken in the Summer and Fall . The course "Understanding and Treating Disorders in Childhood" begins in August and continues throughout the year, integrating psychopathology, diagnosis, and treatment planning and is presently organized around diagnostic categories. Starting in the winter and continuing into the spring "Dynamic Child Psychotherapy” is taught conjointly with the second year fellows. Moreover the first and second year fellows meet weekly for “Journal Club”.
The second-year didactics are given on Thursday mornings during protected time. During the summer when the first year fellows are learning basics, the second year fellows have "Cultural Psychiatry," "Realities of Practice After Graduation”. In the fall they begin “Advanced Psychopharmacology” and “Advanced Psychodynamic Theory”. In winter fellows take “Forensic Psychiatry” and begin “Dynamic Child Psychotherapy” which continues for the remainder of the year. In the spring fellows take “Advanced Neurobiology” as well. Second year fellows take a year- long "Research Seminar” at the end of which they have a research presentation in an area of their choice and possible publication. Second year fellows also participate in a “Quality Improvement” project which can culminate in a publication. Presently, second year fellows choose to join the first year didactics as they can with the first year fellows. There is always more to learn! During both years, fellows actively participate in the monthly "Journal Club."
Department Grand Rounds occur weekly and often topics in child and adolescent psychiatry are presented as well as several special seminars throughout the year.