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Psychiatry Residency Program - R-2 Curriculum

Courses in concert with R-1, R-3 and R-4 residents:

  • Departmental Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Research Seminar
  • Literature, Narrative and the Self
  • Learning Practice

Other courses:

Syndromes and Disorders in Psychiatry:

A series of courses which will examine the major syndromes in psychiatric practice, reviewing the etiology, nosology, principles of assessment and treatment, and current research related to these conditions. We will also discuss patient-centered perspectives on diagnosis and treatment, as well as principles of recovery models as they relate to the syndrome being discussed. Residents should acquire expertise in understanding and managing conditions covered by this course. The course will make use of videos as well as live interviews. Topics will include Mood Disorders presented by Dr Joffe; Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders presented by Dr Sullivan; Child and Adolescent Disorders; Anxiety Disorders; Personality Disorders; Addiction Psychiatry; and more throughout the academic year.

Basics of Neurobiology:

Introduction to basic knowledge necessary for understanding brain functioning, in illness and in health, as well as the actions of therapeutic agents, and treatments generally. We will review the gross anatomy of the brain; the brain's organization and the neural networks, in particular, that underlie mood regulation and cognitive processes relevant to psychiatry; cellular physiology; the neurobiology of affect; learning, the mechanisms underlying long-term potentiation (LTP) and neural plasticity, and the role of mirror neurons; and principles of genomics.  

Psychological Theories of Behavior:

This course will present the major psychological schools, and areas of inquiry, that represent the scientific effort to understand the mind. Behaviorism, from Pavlov, Thorndike and Watson, to Skinner, and post-Skinnerians, as well as more recent developments, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy theory and practice; the Cognitive Sciences; the contributions of Learning Theory; and exciting new areas of inquiry such as Perceptual Control Theory. We will examine the insights of these theories as they relate to our understanding of the mind, and to the practice of psychiatry. 

The Psychotherapies:

The major schools of psychotherapy will be presented, including the history of their development, their fundamental principles and underlying theories and the essentials of their practice, with attention to what distinguishes each school from the other. Research on effectiveness and outcomes will be reviewed. We will discuss the psychoanalytic schools; group and family therapies; the cognitive therapies; the "Third Wave" cognitive therapies; and others.

Anthropology, Philosophy and Social Medicine in Psychiatry:

We will read, review and discuss the work of contributors both within and outside the discipline of psychiatry who examine the influences of human social structures and behaviors, evolutionary forces, and the evolution of our own cognitive frameworks on the way we think about the mind and mental illness. The writings of Arthur Kleinman, Allan Young, Roy Porter, Byron Good, Michel Foucault, and others will be discussed. We will explore the practice of psychiatry in other cultures; the role of race and culture in society in the USA and New York in particular; the ways in which cultural assumptions influence the interpretation of illness; and the challenge and role of dissenting views. 

Professionalism and Ethics:

Residents will study and discuss scholarly work, and professional guidelines, which address the doctor-patient Relationship, proper boundaries and boundary violations including social and/or sexual contact with patients. Ethics in Medicine and Psychiatry will also be addressed with respect to such topics as patient's rights, confidentiality, professional behavior and competency. Case studies will be presented to facilitate discussion and learning.

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