PGY-4 Seminars

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

Multiperspective Case Conference

R. Moline, MD J. Francis, PhD, J. Nathan, MD

Course focuses on the inevitability of combined modalities in treating mental disorders. Psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral and psychopharmacological therapies are discussed as complementary treatment modalities. Emphasis is on successful integrative strategies.

Therapeutic ECT

R. Marvin, MD

Course develops resident's knowledge base regarding the history and current applications of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Residents will learn how to identify patients who are likely to benefit from ECT, the pre-ECT assessment, the technique of ECT, the side-effects, and the use of medications during ECT.

Cases and Controversies in Current Psychopharmacology

 O. Ajilore, MD

A case-based seminar series that expands upon previously mastered psychopharmacology skills. Residents present current cases focusing on a medication-related issue and facilitate the discussion with a current literature review and summarization.

Geriatric Psychiatry

O. Ajilore, MD

This seminar provides an overview of the psychology, epidemiology, psychopathology, and psychobiology of the elderly patient and will include a discussion of treatment issues in this age group.

Health Policy/Systems

A. Kumar, MD

This seminar is an overview of the U.S healthcare system covering regulatory and funding issues relevant to mental health.

Special Topics in Psychiatry

Ron Moline, MD

Residents focus on the theoretical understanding of severe personality disorders and the psychotherapeutic approach to treating this population. Readings are assigned in the areas of ego psychology, self psychology, and object relations. Psychotherapy techniques and management are demonstrated from case material presented by the residents and a senior attending psychiatrist.

Clinical Neuropsychiatry


This course focuses on the clinical and pathological aspects of neural processes associated with cognition, emotion, and behavior.  The diagnosis and treatment of focal neurobehavioral syndromes, major neuropsychiatric syndromes, neurological conditions with cognitive, emotional, behavioral features, and comorbid neuropsychiatric and neurological conditions will be reviewed.

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.

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.

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


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 

J. Nathan, MD/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

S. Nand, MD, L. Razzano, 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.

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.

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.

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

M. Almeida, 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.

Clinical Neuroscience

O. Ajilore, MD, PhD

This seminar covers current biological hypotheses of the etiologies of psychiatric disorders and the mode of action of therapies typically used in the treatment 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.