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Psychiatry Residency Curriculum

Summary of Training Program

PGY-1 Residency Year

  • Internal Medicine 4 months  
  • or Pediatrics: 2 months + Internal Medicine 2 months
  • Inpatient Psychiatry: 6 months
  • Neurology: 2 months

PGY-2 Residency Year

  • Consultation/Liaison: 4-5 months
  • Private Hospital Adult Inpatient: 1-2 months
  • Community Psychiatry: 1-2 months
  • Adult Medication Assisted Treatment: 1 month
  • Emergency Psychiatry: 1 month
  • Adult VA Inpatient: 1 month
  • Child & Adolescent: 1 month

PGY-3 Residency Year

12 months Outpatient Psychiatry, including family therapy with children and adolescents.

PGY-4 Residency Year*

  • Administrative Psychiatry: 1 month
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation/Electroconvulsive Therapy: 1 month
  • Consult and Liaison Psychiatry: 2-3 months
  • VA Junior Attending:  1 month
  • Geriatrics psychiatry: 1 month
  • Community Mental Health: 3 months
  • Elective: 3 months

* 4 hours per week long-term outpatient psychotherapy


PGY-1 residents on Internal Medicine, Neurology, and Pediatrics are to attend those specialties’ didactics. PGY-1 residents assigned on these rotations will are excused from noon conferences.

PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4

Wednesday Psychiatry Lecture Series
Required PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4
Rotates among senior faculty
Presentations on general issues and disorders in Psychiatry.  Topics will be repeated every other year.
Once weekly year round

Kaplan and Saddock
Required PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4
Residents PGY1-4

Quality Improvement/Root Cause Analysis Case Conference
Required PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4
Residents PGY1-4

Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Required PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4
Paul Hill, M.D.
Residents present a case and provide education and research about the topic, the patient, and the treatment outcome.  Questions and answers follow.  Grand Rounds are videotaped and posted on the Psychiatry Residency website.  Psychiatry residents present on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays each month.  The remaining weeks are presentations by fellows from:  Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, Addiction Medicine Fellowship, Geriatric Fellowship, faculty, or by visiting speakers.
Once weekly Thursdays at noon beginning in August.

PRITE Review
Required PGY -1, PGY- 2, PGY-3, PGY-4
Rotates among PGY-3 residents
PGY-3 residents present questions from previous PRITE exams.  The questions and answers are discussed by all residents.  
Once weekly for 3 months July - September

Psychiatry Journal Club
Required PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4
Rotates among senior faculty and PGY- 1, PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4 residents
Residents chooses an article to present, the article is reviewed and discussed in detail, both strengths and weaknesses of the study and statistics.  The information relates to patient care and is incorporated into the resident’s knowledge of past and current practice guidelines.  Journal Club provides an opportunity for new and evolving research to are presented for residents to assimilate into their practice, now or in the future.
Twice monthly

GME System Based Lecture Series
Required PGY-1, PGY-2, PGY-3, PGY-4
Faculty and staff from the entire Medical School
M.D.’s from several specialties, attorneys, administrators, information systems experts.
This course covers the following topics: electronic medical information retrieval, communication skills, reducing malpractice events, the impaired physician, organ donation, HIPPA, end of life issues, medical quality, medical financial planning, managed care, loss alternative medicine, and practice management.
Once monthly, twelve sessions

Allen Battle, PhD. Lecture Series
Presented by Paul Hill, M.D.
Interviewing skills, Introduction to Psychiatry.

On-Call Survival Course (Psychiatry Emergencies)
Required PGY-2
Presented by Chief Resident
Presentations to prepare PGY-2 residents to take at-home call. Covered topics include capacity assessments, psychiatry emergencies, management of acute agitation/psychosis, hospital policies and general call policies.

Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Required PGY-2
Ferrell Varner, M.D.
Crash course in psychotherapy at the conclusion of PGY1 year in preparation for the outpatient clinical year.
Weekly for three sessions in June

Psychiatry Psychopharmacology 
Required PGY-2, PGY-3, & PGY-4
Paul Hill, M.D.
Residents are taught about psychotropic medications, their use, and their mechanisms, indications, and interactions following Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology textbook.  Assigned reading material and the latest literature are discussed.
Weekly Tuesdays at 1:00 

C/L Psychosomatics
Required PGY-2 & PGY-3
Paul Hill, M.D.
This course provides the basic understanding of the evaluation and treatment of patients who have psychiatric needs. The literature on consultation and liaison psychiatry in the following areas is reviewed and discussed, delirium, obstetrics and gynecology, organ transplantation, asthma, and other pulmonary issues, cardiac issues, and chronic pain.  Legal and ethical issues in consultation and liaison psychiatry such as refusal of medical care are also discussed. 
Weekly Fridays @ Noon from October - June

Group Therapy
Required PGY-3
Syidah Abdullah, M.S., M.P.H.
Principles of group therapy from the psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral points of view are taught through experience by co-leading a group therapy with Dr. Abdullah.
Weekly for 12 months

Supervision Hours
Required PGY-3
Norman Von Buttlar, M.D.
Weekly for 12 months

Supervision Hours/Family Therapy
Required PGY-3
Najiba Battaile, M.D.
Psychotherapy supervision in addition to family therapy.
Weekly for 12 months. 

Psychotherapy: CBT, DBT, ACT, Motivational Interviewing & Trauma Therapy
Required PGY-3
Syidah Abdullah, M.S., M.P.H.
Systems, communications, behavioral, solution-focused, and object relations approaches to therapy are illustrated in readings, discussions, videotapes, role-playing and lectures.
Weekly for 12 months

Diagnosis & Treatment of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Disorders
Required PGY-3
Rotates among Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty
This course reviews the use of psychiatric medications in children and adolescents, including benefits, dosing, contraindications, and potential side effects.  The course also reviews a range of psychotherapy options used in helping children and adolescents and their families, including family therapy, solution focused therapy, behavior modification and play therapy.
Weekly for 12 months.


Community & Administrative Psychiatry
Required PGY-4
Iverson Bell, M.D.
The course addresses systems-based issues specific to psychiatry including organizational theory, psychiatrists in the leadership role, continuous quality improvement – Implementation in Behavioral healthcare, the patient and the behavioral system (Application in the “Real World”), Health Information and Confidentiality, Staffing Behavioral Healthcare Systems, Role of the Medical Director in Psychiatry, and the Changing Roles for Psychiatrists – Community Service Behavioral Health Care.
Once Weekly for four sessions

Preparation for Graduation
Required PGY-4
Rotating faculty and administrators 
This course addresses practical needs of senior residents as they prepare to enter the workforce.  Topics discussed include hospital credentialing, state licensing, job search, contract negotiations, billing, and coding of inpatient/outpatient/consults, and board exams.
Weekly for 12 months

May 26, 2022