PGY-3 Didactics

General Psychiatry Residency | Curriculum

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PGY-3 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 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.

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

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.

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. The second part of this course focuses on the process of quality improvement (QI) and sets the stage for degree, QI projects in the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years.

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.


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.

This course will 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. Group participation and the sharing of relevant clinical case examples help 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.