PGY 2 Year

Summer Intensive classes – these classes are designed to help jump start the transition to the PGY2 year:

Summer Intensive – Urgent Psychiatry – Dr. Ryan Lawrence (3 sessions) – This course will review the basics of emergency psychiatry, including treatment of agitation and acute suicidality.

Summer Intensive – PGY2 Survival Guide – Chief residents (1 session) – This class will introduce residents to PGY2 night call.

Summer Intensive – Clinical Forensics – Drs. Elizabeth Ford and Stephanie Rolin (3 sessions) – This course will continue the teaching about clinical situations involving the interface between psychiatry and the legal system, including involuntary hospitalization. This will also include a field trip to Rikers Island with Dr. Ford. 

Summer Intensive – Psychopharmacology – Dr. Patrick Hurley (4 sessions) – Everything PGY2s need to know about psychiatric medications to get started on their rotations!

Child Development – Dr. Oliver Stroeh (10 sessions) – Normative child development is the focus of this three-month course. Physical and neurological growth, attachment, cognition, language acquisition and psychosocial maturation are discussed in the context of current and historical theories. Includes a session on College Mental Health with Dr. Richard Eichler (director, Columbia University College Mental Health Services).

Clinical Neuroscience – Drs. Jon Levenson and Gerry Hurowitz (12 sessions) – This class will focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and neuroscientific understanding of psychiatric disorders on the border of psychiatry and neurology. It also includes information about neuropsychological testing. 

Forensic Psychiatry – Dr. Paul Appelbaum and faculty (5 sessions) – The first in a series about Law and Psychiatry, this course will cover civil commitment, confidentiality, and informed consent.

Geriatric Psychiatry – Drs. Katy Brewster and Mark Nathanson (5 sessions) – This course will introduce residents to the evaluation and treatment of older adults with psychiatric disorders, as well as to the process of aging.

Health Equity and Social Justice– Drs. Jean-Marie Bradford (4 sessions) – the second course in this series, this year will focus on local systems that affect access to care and patient advocacy.

Interventional Psychiatry – Dr. Jeffrey Zabinski (4 sessions) – This course will introduce PGY2s to ECT, TMS, and other techniques of interventional psychiatry.

Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – Drs. Deborah Cabaniss (2 sessions) – This course prepares residents for treating their first patients with psychodynamic psychotherapy. Residents learn how to begin the treatment, set the frame, establish a therapeutic alliance, and use basic psychodynamic interventions.

Learning from the Literature – Dr. Patrick McGrath (5 sessions) – An interactive seminar on how to learn from the psychiatric literature, including a review of landmark clinical trials in psychiatry.

Psychiatric Ethics – Drs. Ryan Lawrence and David Lowenthal (4 sessions) – The first in a series about psychiatric ethics, this course will discuss privacy and confidentiality, professional boundaries, research ethics, the impaired colleague, and ethical challenges in clinical practice.

Psychopathology and Treatment (P&T) – Drs. Evelyn Attia, Jeffrey Miller, Franklin Schneier, Yuval Neria, M. Katherine Shear, and Thomas Smith (38 sessions) – One of the cornerstones of the PGY2 curriculum, this course will cover epidemiology, theories of etiology, seminal treatment studies, and current treatment strategies (pharmacologic and psychosocial) of affective disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, trauma, and psychotic disorders.

Public Psychiatry 2 – Community Care for Severe Mental Illness – Dr. Stephanie LeMelle (8 sessions) – These are the first in a series of lectures that cover topics related to the care of people with severe mental illness in community settings. The course will center on the concept of recovery as it applies to housing, benefits, vocational rehabilitation, and systems of outpatient treatment.

Substance Use Disorders – Dr. Christina Brezing (6 sessions) – This course provides an overview of the major sustances of addiction, patterns of intoxication and withdrawal, and an introduction to treatment of substance use disorders provided in inpatient and emergency settings. 

Supportive Psychotherapy – Drs. Emma Golkin (5 sessions) – This course will cover the basics of supportive psychotherapy, including indications and techniques for its use in inpatient and outpatient settings. 

Teaching Medical Students – Dr. Janis Cutler (1 session) – Provides residents with an overview to teaching medical students psychiatry while rotating through the inpatient units.

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.