PGY-2 Didactics

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PGY-2 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 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.

The goal of this seminar is to familiarize residents with multiple paradigms for understanding and interpreting psychiatric phenomenology. General principles of psycho-pharmacology 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.

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 treatment of psychiatric disorders.

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

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.


This seminar is an introduction to Neuropsychology, 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.

The goal of this seminar is to help residents gain an understanding of basic psychotherapeutic principles with an emphasis on psychodynamics. The uses of psychodynamic psychotherapy, the selection of appropriate cases and mechanics (time, setting, and termination), issues of self-awareness, transference and countertransference are addressed.


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