PGY 1 Year

PGY-1 Year – (during Psychiatry months) all PGY-1s will have a chance to attend each of these courses during the year. In addition, they have a weekly process group via zoom in the evening and can attend weekly all-residency seminars and weekly resident meeting when on their psychiatry rotations.

Health Equity and Social Justice – Drs.  Jean-Marie Bradford, Stephanie LeMelle, and Roberto Lewis Fernandez (5 sessions) 
The first course in a 4-year series, the PGY1 course will focus on issues related to the microsystem, such as identity, implicit bias, and microaggressions.

Interviewing – Dr. Lourdes Dominguez (6 sessions) – This course introduces first year residents to the basics of interviewing, including balancing empathic listening with eliciting information.

Introduction to the Clinical Skills Verification – Chief residents (1 session) –Through observed interviews and presentations, the clinical skills verification (CSV) provides an opportunity to ensure that residents master critical skills such as establishing an effective physician-patient relationship, conducting a clinical interview and presenting a case. This course reviews the process and expectations set by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for CSVs in general psychiatry.

Introduction to Cultural Psychiatry – Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernandez – (5 sessions)– this course will introduce residents to how to create a Cultural Formulation, with opportunity to practice this important skill during the course.

Introduction to the Mental Status Exam– Chief residents (1 session) – this course will introduce residents to the elements of the mental status exam, offereing them a chance to practice their skills in class.

Interviewing the Geriatric patient – Dr. Mark Nathanson (2 sessions) – This class will help PGY1s to interview geriatric patients and will introduce interns to the field of geriatric psychiatry. 

Introduction to Neuroscience - David Leonardo (3 sessions) – This course offers an introduction to brain anatomy and to the latest advances in neuroscience.

Introduction to Psychotherapy – Drs. Alicia Rojas and Hannah Alter (7 sessions) – This class will introduce interns to the common factors underlining all kinds of psychotherapy, including alliance, setting the frame, and attending to affect.

Introduction to Quality Improvement– Dr. Melissa Arbuckle (1 session)– this class will begin the 4-year curriculum on quality improvement, which allows residents to help study the need for change and implement change in the program.

Motivational Interviewing – Dr. Kenneth Carpenter (2 sessions) – Interns will learn the basics of Motivational Interviewing from an expert in use of MI for substance use disorders.

National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) – Dr. Melissa Arbuckle (3 sessions)– Dr. Arbuckle, one of the creators of the NNCI, will introduce residents to this invaluable resource for neuroscience education.

Psychopharmacology 1 – Chief Residents (9 sessions) – This course offers the first-year resident an introduction to the basics of psychopharmacology, such as how to choose medications, dosing, assessment of side effects, and relevant laboratory tests.

Staying Healthy – Dr. Ina Becker (6 sessions) – This course will teach interns the basics of mindfulness and other strategies for self-care, for use with patients and to improve personal wellness.

Teaching Medical Students– Dr. Janis Cutler (1 session) – Dr. Cutler, who is the Director of Medical Student Education, will introduce PGY1s to techniques for teaching the medical students with whom they will be working. 

Urgent Psychiatry – Drs. Ryan Lawrence (2 sessions) – This course provides an introduction to the important skills for managing psychiatric emergencies and crisis situations. It includes an introduction to decision making regarding the pharmacologic management of acutely agitated patients.

Wellness – Dr. Renu Culas (10 sessions) – this experiential course, which all PGY1-4 residents will take together monthly, focuses on ways to maintain wellness as a resident, physician, and human being.