PGY-1 Seminars

Diagnosis and Treatment of Major Psychiatric Disorders

Overviews diagnosing and treating such conditions as major depression, psychotic disorders and bipolar disorder, plus evaluating and managing patients with traumatic brain injury and developmental disabilities. Emphasizes treatment in inpatient settings.

De-escalation Training

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

Ethics and Psychiatry I

This seminar begins by focusing on the principles of medical ethics with annotations specific to psychiatry. It then explores ethical issues beginning residents commonly face, such as navigating the physician-patient relationship and involuntary psychiatric treatment. You will be encouraged to present and discuss real-life cases you have encountered.

Geriatric Psychiatry

This lecture series focuses on the presentation and treatment of psychiatric disorders in the geriatric population. You will explore this population’s special needs and the intricacies of providing care to the elderly in nursing homes or inpatient settings.

Introduction to Addiction Psychiatry

This seminar introduces you to the fundamentals of diagnosing and treating chemical dependence, covering a variety of treatment modalities and resources for patients. You will also learn how to address comorbidity of addictions with psychiatric and/or medical diagnoses.

Introduction to Family Therapy

Guided readings provide a springboard for discussing the evaluation and treatment of families. You will learn Erikson’s stages of development, use a family tree and discuss cultural influences on family dynamics to better understand family members’ roles and conflicts.

Introduction to Psychiatry

Introduces you to psychiatric conditions commonly encountered in emergency and inpatient settings, including delirium, violent behavior and alcohol withdrawal. Focuses on documentation and treatment skills.

Introduction to Psychotherapy

Overviews supportive, psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy modalities, and introduces the concepts of resistance, transference and countertransference. You will learn about each modality’s distinct goals and potential benefits for patients.


This introductory hands-on seminar focuses on basic brain structure and function.

Supportive Psychotherapy

Using discussions of select readings, role playing and other techniques, this seminar trains you in listening skills, recognizing non-verbal communication and communicating empathetically. 

Teaching Skills

Trains you in techniques for teaching medical students in clinical and classroom settings, including giving feedback and dealing with difficult students.

The Psychiatric Interview

Introduces you to techniques for psychiatric interviewing. Combines didactic and group discussion with critiquing videotaped and live patient interviews.