PGY-2 Seminars

Basic Principles of Psychopharmacology

This series introduces you to pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and brain receptors. You will discuss the major classes of medications—antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizers, benzodiazepines and others—covering their mechanisms of action, side effect profiles and indications for treatment.

Psychiatric Research Tools and Methods

This seminar helps you learn how to evaluate clinical and research literature and develop a research project. It focuses on topics including understanding validity and reliability, generating hypotheses, study design and techniques for data analysis.

Ethics and Psychiatry II

This seminar builds on the material covered in your PGY-1 year, covering topics such as boundary keeping, confidentiality, the informed consent process and evaluating capacity. You will be encouraged to present and discuss real-life cases you have encountered.

Emergency Psychiatry

This seminar focuses on assessing and treating patients in the emergency room setting. You will learn techniques to assess and manage agitated patients and to recognize and treat acute withdrawal syndromes. You will also discuss common medical causes of behavioral problems and the legal aspects of psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Techniques of Crisis Intervention

Introduces the theory, techniques, inclusion criteria and goals of crisis intervention therapy in the context of the field’s history, current research and future trends. Role playing and case presentations (hypothetical and real) illustrate practical applications and generate discussion.

Principles of Neuroscience

This seminar teaches you how brain biology, chemistry and physiology relate to normal cognition, emotion and behavior, as well as neuropsychiatric disease states. It emphasizes bedside neuropsychiatric examination techniques.

Principles and Techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy

Introduces core concepts of CBT, such as exploring the connection among thoughts, emotions and behaviors; examining automatic thoughts and core beliefs; using cognitive conceptualization diagrams, and challenging dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors. Clinical vignettes and videotaped segments of patient sessions with CBT experts illustrate techniques and are supplemented by reading assignments and discussion.

Addiction Psychiatry

Beginning with an overview of the history of substance abuse in the United States, the seminar focuses on assessing and managing commonly abused substances, emphasizing long-term management and treatment.

Case Formulation

In this seminar, you will be introduced to the definition and purpose of case formulation. You will learn to create a psychodynamic case formulation by exploring the psychological, biological, social and spiritual factors that influence an individual’s behavior. You will participate in practice exercises and learn a basic format to write case formulations.

Application of Case Formulation

Using what you learn in the Case Formulation seminar, you will independently watch a movie the instructor selects, choose a character and write a case formulation for this character. The instructor reviews these and the full group discusses them.

Human Development

Explores theories of human development, accompanied by real-life examples from infancy through adolescence. You will learn the aspects of normal child development as a foundation to understanding child psychopathology.

Stress Recognition

Focuses on recognizing and managing stress, including problems due to sleep deprivation, during your residency training.

De-escalation Training

You will learn how to evaluate and de-escalate agitated patients.

Psychodynamics Using Short Stories

By reading and discussing fictional short stories, you will learn to recognize and respond to psychodynamic themes, cultural issues and other facets of psychotherapy, such as transference and countertransference.