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Resident Life: Didactics

The UW Psychiatry residency program offers protected didactics one half-day per week on Thursdays and Departmental Grand Rounds every other week during the academic year.  Each clinical site also offers a wide variety of weekly teaching conferences.

PGY-1 Didactics

  • Psychiatric interviewing
  • Introduction to emergency psychiatry
  • Diagnosis and treatment of DSM-IV disorders
  • Introduction to psychopharmacology
  • Introduction to psychotherapy
  • Teaching medical students
  • Involuntary Treatment and Systems Issues
  • History of psychiatry
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • PGY-4-taught seminar series
  • Department of Medicine didactics

PGY-2 Didactics

Foundations of Contemporary Psychiatry
Major psychiatric syndromes (e.g. mood disorders, psychotic disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders) are covered in 6 to 10 week blocks focusing on neurobiology, psychodynamics, empirical psychology, and sociocultural approaches.

Introduction to Psychotherapy
A 6-month interactive series uses videotapes and case vignettes to teach common psychotherapeutic principles. In the second six months of the year, residents are introduced to psychodynamic theory, learning theory, and motivational interviewing.

Weekly seminars on specific psychotherapeutic modalities of therapy are included in continuity clinic. Each PGY-2 completes seminars in supportive psychotherapy and either basic psychodynamic or cognitive-behavioral therapy.

PGY-3 Didactics

  • Child psychiatry and development
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Community psychiatry
  • Evidence-based psychiatry
  • Neuroscience
  • Ethics
  • Cross-cultural psychiatry
  • Psychiatry with women and ethnic minorities
  • Spirituality and psychiatry
  • Group and couples therapy
  • Weekly Clinical Interaction Seminar focusing on countertransference

PGY-4 Didactics

  • Advanced psychopharmacology
  • Journal club
  • Forensics
  • Administrative psychiatry
  • Primary care consultation
  • Teaching techniques
  • Neurology board review
  • Preparation for practice
  • Series examining different forms of psychiatry practice
  • Current issues in healthcare delivery
  • Additional special topics as determined by the group


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