PGY-1 Didactics


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PGY-1 Didactics

While on service there is a half-day per week of protected time dedicated to didactics. PGY-1 residents have didactics on Tuesday afternoon and PGY-2,3, and 4 residents have didactics on Thursday afternoon. To see the full listing of didactics on all levels, see Didactics.

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.

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.

This series of seminars introduces residents to 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 8 weeks; 5 hrs. each session.

This group experience affords the residents and 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.

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.

Part I introduces a method of interviewing that allows an integration of subjective and objective observation and historical and phenomenologic data. Videotaped interviews are used to provide feedback. Part 2 teaches how to modify the clinical interview to specific clinical settings (ER, C/L service). Residents also learn how to develop a comprehensive case formulation, drawing from the biopsychosocial data obtained during the taking of a clinical history regardless of format, time, or setting.

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.


Seminar reviews the basics of neurology; neuro-anatomy, neuro-radiology with specific emphasis on the psychiatric aspects of neurologic conditions. These lectures are designed to bring interns “up to speed” for their clinical experiences on the Neurology Service.