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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Combined family medicine/psychiatry didactics

Didactics for the combined trained resident mirror the categorical family medicine and psychiatry programs as well as case conferences  specifically developed for combined residents.  Categorical didactics consist of the following:

During the first two years of internship, the combined resident will be exposed to training in neurology, cultural psychiatry, religion and spirituality, legal issues in psychiatry, ethics, Mileu therapy, empathic interviewing, psychopharmacology, and psychosomatic medicine seminars.  Two 2-week blocks (Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) are spent in family medicine educational seminars where topics vary from diabetes management to Balint groups to splinting/casting.

The third and fourth year combined resident participates in family medicine didactics on Tuesday afternoons while on family medicine rotations and participate in psychiatry didactics while on psychiatry rotations.  During the year-long psychiatry continuity rotation, the combined resident is exposed to topics such as adult case conference, cognitive therapy, cultural psychiatry, ethics, psychotherapy structure of the mind, psychotherapy supervision, behavioral therapy, geriatrics, psychodynamics of personality disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, pervasive developmental disorders, advanced psychopharmacology, self- psychology, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, child psychiatry seminars, and child case conference.

The fifth year combined resident participates in family medicine didactics on Tuesday afternoons while on family medicine rotations and participate in psychiatry didactics a half day per week while on psychiatry rotations.  Didactics in psychiatry include outside supervision, cultural psychiatry, gender identity, spirituality, Gestalt, neuroscience and psychiatry, literature and psychiatry, Jungian, and psychotherapy supervision.  Over the five years of training, the combined resident is able to capture the educational experiences offered throughout the full three and four year regular curriculums in family medicine and psychiatry respectively.