PGY 2 Year

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

Summer Intensive – Inpatient Psychiatry – Drs. Florian Bahr and Ruth McCann (3 sessions) – This course will review the basics of inpatient psychiatry, including inpatient emergencies, treatment options, and working with an interdisciplinary team.

Summer Intensive – Urgent Psychiatry – Dr. Ryan Lawrence (2 sessions) – This course will review the basics of emergency psychiatry, including treatment of agitation and suicidality.

Summer Intensive – Addiction Psychiatry – Dr. Nasir Naqvi (1 session) – This course will review the basics of addiction psychiatry, related particularly to inpatient and emergency room work.

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

Summer Intensive – Clinical Forensics – Dr. Stephanie Rolin (2 sessions) – This course will introduce PGY2s to clinical situations involving the interface between psychiatry and the legal system, including involuntary hospitalization.

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 (9 sessions) – This class will focus on the diagnosis, treatment, and neuroscientific understanding of psychiatric disorders on the border of psychiatry and neurology. It will also include information about neuropsychological testing. 

Cultural Psychiatry – Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernandez (4 sessions) – This course on cross-cultural psychiatry covers the impact of language on evaluation and treatment, culture-specific syndromes, folk belief systems, and other issues that reflect the impact of culture on one's identity and on psychiatric illness. 

Ethics – Dr. David Lowenthal (1 session) – 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.

Forensic Psychiatry – Dr. Paul Appelbaum (4 sessions) – The first in a series about Law and Psychiatry, this course will cover civil commitment, confidentiality, and informed consent.

Interventional Psychiatry – Dr. Joshua Berman (3 sessions) – This course will introduce PGY2s to ECT and other basic techniques of interventional psychiatry.

Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – Drs. Deborah Cabaniss (7 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.

Psychopathology and Treatment (P&T) – Drs. Evelyn Attia, Jeffrey Miller, Franklin Schneier, Yuval Neria and Thomas Smith (35 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 (7 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 (4 sessions) – This course provides an overview of the major types 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 and Deborah Cabaniss (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 introduction to teaching medical students psychiatry while rotating through the inpatient units.