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Didactics

PGY I & II

Didactics for the first and second year residents are an Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment, and during the first year will cover the topics of: Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Personality Disorders, Impulse Control Disorders, Somatoform Disorders, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and ECT. Year Two of Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment will cover: Psychological Testing, Psychotic Disorders, Community Psychiatry, Sleep Disorders, Dissociative Disorders, Substance Disorders, Sexual Disorders, Cultural Pharmacy, and Developmental Disorders.

PGY III

Third year residents will study Forensics, Ethics, Life-Span development, Cultural Psychiatry and Neurosciences.

PGY IV

Fourth year residents will receive instruction in the areas of Administrative Psychiatry, the history of psychiatry, Research, Advanced Addictions and Advanced Psychopharmacology.

Goals & Objectives
First Post Graduate Year
  • To learn the biopsychosocial model of evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric, medical and surgical disorders.
  • To understand neurobiology of normal and abnormal behavior.
  • To learn to diagnose common medical and surgical disorders using clinical and laboratory resources.
  • To learn to evaluate and appropriately refer psychiatric patients for medical and surgical consultation(s).
  • To be able to recognize psychiatric complications of medical disorders and/or of non-psychotropic drugs and treat these appropriately.
  • Through interaction with other medical, surgical house staff and attendings, to act as ambassador of department of psychiatry and a role model for empathic and compassionate care of patients and respectful and caring attitude towards their families, i.e., able to show all humanistic qualities seen in "wholesome" physicians.
  • To acquire knowledge of basics of clinical psychiatry.
  • To develop skills to diagnose, differential diagnosis and treat common psychiatric disorders under the supervision of a faculty member, in inpatient settings.
  • Being able to develop tentative dynamic formulations and conduct supportive psychotherapy.
Second, Third & Fourth Post Graduate Years

During these years, resident learns the art and science of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment in order to develop high level of clinical knowledge and skills as well as develop personality attributes conducive to competent practice of psychiatry.

Development of Clinical Knowledge:

  • To learn biopsychosocial model of psychiatric care, and to understand their role as well as role of economy, culture, religion, ethnicity and family in physical, psychological and social development in individual through various phases of life cycle.
  • To learn theories of personality and other models of understanding complexities of human psyche, both in normal and abnormal states.
  • To learn nosology, phenomenology of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • To learn to use appropriately the laboratory and psychological tests to improve diagnostic confidence.
  • To learn techniques of handling psychiatric emergencies.
  • To learn administrative, forensic and ethical issues of psychiatric practice.
  • To learn statistical techniques and research methodology in order to critically evaluate psychiatric literature or to produce some research.
  • To learn effects and/or usefulness of recent innovations in science and technology like computers, CT scanner, PET scanner, EEG imaging in psychiatry.
  • To develop understanding of when and how to seek consultations or refer patients to other medical and surgical consultants.
  • To learn theories of psychotherapy practice.

Development of Clinical Skills:

  • To learn examination methods and techniques of psychiatric, neurological and medical diagnoses through history, physical and mental status as well as limit4ed neurological examinations.
  • Following these examinations, evaluate findings using biopsychosocial and cultural factors relevant to that patient.
  • Being able to formulate diagnosis, differential diagnoses, psychodynamics using contemporary diagnostic terminology.
  • To develop competence in various methods of psychotherapeutic treatment, i.e., short and long term psychotherapy, groups, conjoint family and behavioral therapies.
  • To develop proficiency in competent use of psychopharmacotherapeutic agents and other somatic therapies.
  • To develop competence in diagnosis and treatment of psychosomatic disorders through consultation and liaison activities.
  • To learn to use appropriate psychological, laboratory tests and help of other medical and surgical consultants in diagnosis and treatment.
  • To learn to function as a team leader in a multidisciplinary treatment setting.
  • To learn to evaluate and treat crisis situations, psychiatric emergencies.
  • To be able to teach medical students, junior residents, residents from other specialties and other mental health professionals.

Development of Interpersonal Skills and Insights:

  • Residents are expected to develop understanding of their own interpersonal and intrapsychic assets, liabilities, as well as counter-transference reactions and to deal with assistance from supervision.
  • Residents are expected to be ethical in their practices, should be respectful, honest, empathic, caring and nurturing in their attitudes towards patients and their families.
  • Residents are to have all qualities of a physician and act as positive role model for students and other mental health professionals.
  • Residents to develop insights about their own self so that they are able to treat patients objectively and without contamination.

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