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Psychiatry Residency Training Program
 
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Residency Policies & Procedures
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V. DIDACTICS

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES FOR PGY-1 DIDACTICS

Goal:  The overall goals of the PGY-1 didactics series are to provide first-year residents with knowledge and skills necessary for their work on psychiatry clinical services; to provide introductory, foundational knowledge about the major psychiatric diagnoses and treatments; to foster their development and identity as psychiatric physicians; and to provide basic information about the system of mental health care in which they are practicing.

Objectives:
At the conclusion of the PGY-1 didactics year, residents are expected to be able to:

1. Patient Care

  • Describe the elements of a basic diagnostic psychiatric interview and mental status examination
  • Describe at least one approach to a case formulation (e.g. biopsychosocial, 4 Ps, perspectives)
  • Incorporate basic knowledge of major psychiatric diagnoses, differential diagnosis, and treatments into clinical care of patients

2. Medical Knowledge

  • Display a basic knowledge of diagnostic criteria, differential diagnoses, and first-line treatment options for major psychiatric disorders, such as mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, substance abuse and dependence
  • Display a basic knowledge of the clinical indications and use of antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and sedative-hypnotics in psychiatry

3. Practice-Based Learning and Improvement

  • Display knowledge of medical student requirements for the psychiatry clerkship, provide guidance and information to medical students appropriate to the student's existing knowledge and skills, and provide useful feedback to students

4. Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • Describe and display skills in working with a multidisciplinary inpatient team
  • Describe the goals and skills involved in running a family meeting

5. Professionalism

  • Display an understanding of their role as a physician and of principles of professionalism in medicine
  • Demonstrate understanding of patients and their illnesses in a sociocultural context, including displaying sensitivity to patients' culture, ethnicity, age, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual minority status, and/or disabilities

6. Systems-Based Practice

  • Display an understanding of the state involuntary commitment system
  • Display an understanding of types of resources available for psychiatric patients after discharge from the inpatient unit or emergency room

7. Educational Attitudes

  • Achieve expected attendance at didactics
  • Maintain a respectful attitude towards instructors, display eagerness to learn and participation in didactics sessions, and provide constructive feedback to help improve didactics

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