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.

Becoming the Doctor-on-Call – Dr. Jade Avery (3 sessions) – Held at the end of the PGY1 year, this course provides and intro to PGY2 call from a recent graduate-turned new attending.

Clinical Forensic Psychiatry – Drs. Elizabeth Ford and Stephanie Rolin (3 sessions) – This course will introduce first year residents to the many ways in which our patients interface with the law. Practical issues, such as involuntary admissions, will be a focus.

Health Equity and Social Justice/Cultural Psychiatry – (7 sessions) – Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernandez – In the first year of our Health Equity/Social Justice series, residents will be introduced to the field of Cultural Psychiatry and will learn how to create and use a Cultural Formulation in clinical practice.

Interviewing – Dr. Lourdes Dominguez (8 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 the Mental Status Exam– Chief residents (1 session) – this course will introduce residents to the elements of the mental status exam, offering them a chance to practice their skills in class.

Introduction to the Older Patient in Psychiatry – Drs. Katy Brewster and 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 Psychotherapy – Dr. Alicia Rojas (5 sessions) – This class will introduce interns to the common factors underlining all kinds of psychotherapy, including alliance, setting the frame, and attending to affect.

National Neuroscience Curriculum Initiative (NNCI) – Drs. Melissa Arbuckle and David Leonardo (4 sessions) – Dr. Arbuckle, one of the creators of the NNCI, will introduce residents to this invaluable resource for neuroscience education.

PGY1 Evidence-Based Psychotherapy – Dr. Yael Holoshitz (1 session) – This class will help orient PGY1s to the types of psychotherapy used on their PGY1 and PGY2 rotations.

Psychopharmacology 1 – Chief Residents (8 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 (5 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.

Taking a Sexual History – Dr. Walter Bockting (1 session) – This class will teach the basics of taking a sexual history, with particular reference to inpatient psychiatry

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 – Dr. Patrick Hurley (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.