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Didactic & Seminar Curriculum

With broad-based input from residents and other staff, fine-tuning of the curriculum is an ongoing process. The bulk of the didactics are aggregated on Tuesday's. During this protected day, residents are free from clinical duties and are expected to attend lectures and seminars. The day begins with department Grand Rounds from 8:00AM - 9:00AM. Following this, junior residents have seminars in psychotherapy, psychopathology, and psychopharmacology. Senior residents have a more in-depth psychotherapy seminar, followed by a reading seminar which deals with topics as diverse as neuroscience, psychoanalytic theory, and issues in gay and lesbian development.

A number of other seminars and conferences are scheduled throughout the week. These include seminars in forensic psychiatry and family therapy. The Division of Child Psychiatry has its own extensive program of seminars and conferences tailored specifically for general psychiatry residents and for the child psychiatry fellows. Residents are allotted 21 working days of vacation and five conference days per year.

Tuesday Didactics

PGY-1 Residents

  • Grand Rounds
  • Psychopathology Seminar
  • Psychotherapy Seminar
  • Psychopharmacology Seminar
  • Case Conference

PGY-2 Residents

  • Grand Rounds
  • Psychotherapy Seminar
  • Psychopathology Seminar
  • Psychopharmacology Seminar

PGY-3/4 Residents

  • Grand Rounds
  • Psychotherapy Seminar
  • Reading Seminar

Other seminars meeting at times other than Tuesday include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Group Supervision
  • Family Therapy
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Group Supervision
  • Child Development and Psychopathology

Rotation Schedule

Model Schedule 2012-2013


  • 4 months Primary Care (choice of Family Practice, Pediatrics, or Internal Medicine)
  • 2 months Inpatient Med-Psych/Geri Psychiatry
  • 2 months Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 1 month Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry
  • 1 month Emergency Psychiatry
  • 1 month Evening float
  • 1 month General Emergency Medicine


  • 6 months Inpatient General Psychiatry
  • 2 months Neurology
  • 2 months Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • 1 month Inpatient Developmental Disorders
  • 1 month Addiction Medicine


  • 12 months Outpatient General Psychiatry, including Outpatient Child Psychiatry and Family Therapy


  • 10 months Outpatient General Psychiatry
  • 4 months Elective
  • 2 months Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry


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