PGY-3 and 4 Seminars

The didactic curriculum for PGY-3 and 4 residents is combined and rotates on a two-year cycle.

Advanced Addiction Psychiatry

This seminar focuses on assessing and treating complex addiction problems and addiction problems in complex populations. You will discuss gambling addiction, pregnant substance abusers and substance abusers with HIV, and you will learn motivational interview techniques.

Advanced Neuroscience

This seminar builds on Principles of Neuroscience, focusing on brain biology, chemistry and physiology as they relate to neuropsychiatric disease states. You will learn about neuropsychiatric assessment tools, neuroimaging technologies and patient examination techniques.

Advanced Psychopharmacology

This seminar continues your second-year investigation into pharmacology, emphasizing approaches to treating complex and treatment-resistant patient populations.

Alternative Therapeutic Approaches to Patient Care

Introduces the indications and basic techniques for alternative therapeutic approaches, such as relaxation, hypnosis and spirituality. Includes coverage of psycho-oncology and death and dying issues.

Assessment Tools in Psychiatric Research

Presents the diagnostic instruments and other methods to measure and assess psychopathologies and their symptoms.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Discusses the diagnostic criteria, clinical presentation and treatment for body dysmorphic disorder.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Introduces techniques for assessing and treating a variety of conditions and disorders in children and adolescents. You will learn about commonly seen disorders in this population and treating children in the juvenile justice system.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment Approaches in Specialized Populations

Experts on CBT will discuss with you the use of CBT in specific patient populations, including those with OCD, PTSD, MDD, eating disorders and chronic pain conditions. This seminar also addresses dialectical behavior therapy to treat borderline personality disorder.

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Based on the curriculum recommended by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, this seminar helps you appreciate the effects of medical illness and medical care, including hospitalization, on psychological functioning. You will learn how to tailor interventions and therapies for the medically ill and discuss topics such as psychosomatic disorders, coping with medical illness, psycho-oncology, pain and pharmacotherapy.

Cost Containment

Using a case-based approach, this session focuses on the costs, risks and benefits of using specific diagnostic tests or pharmacologic agents, and inpatient versus outpatient treatment. Based on information about real costs, you reevaluate your treatment plans.

Couples Therapy

Introduces you to a method for evaluating and treating couples where one partner is a substance abuser. The format includes lecture, video presentations, in-class exercises and online training materials.

De-escalation Training

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

Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Presents anxiety disorders—including PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety and phobia—in a lecture format with discussion.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Impulse Control Disorders

Discusses diagnosing and treating impulse control disorders.

Ethics and Psychiatry III

This ongoing series, continuing from your first and second years, focuses on ethical issues in medicine and psychiatry in particular. Topics include financial conflicts of interest, ethical aspects of using the Internet, honesty and trust. Residents and faculty bring their own cases for discussion.

Forensic Psychiatry

This seminar introduces the basic principles of forensic psychiatry, covering topics including criminal/civil competency, confidentiality vs. duty to protect, and the New York State Sex Offender Commitment Law.  Residents participate in a mock trial after reviewing a case and writing an opinion. 

Group Psychotherapy

You will discuss the principles of group psychotherapy, including therapeutic factors, advantages and contraindications, documenting sessions and how to overcome common challenges faced by group psychotherapists. Covers techniques for both inpatient and outpatient group therapy.

History of Psychiatry

Through this participatory lecture series, you will explore how the baffling yet exciting historical events of psychiatry have shaped our current practice. You will also learn how social movements and individuals’ insight and courage have influenced psychiatry’s course.

Human Sexuality

Covers psychiatric issues regarding human sexuality, particularly gender identity disorders. You will learn about biological, psychological and social factors involved in these disorders.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Presents interpersonal psychotherapy for depression, focusing on establishing a therapeutic alliance. You also will discuss understanding and identifying maladaptive communications and tactics for building social networks.

Motivational Interviewing

PGY-3 Residents participate in a two day semionar focusing on techniques of motivational interviewing.  Residents implement these techniques in the clinical setting under supervision.

Personality Assessment and Psychopathology

These lectures overview different traditions of personality assessment, including the major assumptions, objectives, strengths and weaknesses of self-reporting and indirect approaches. You will also review current literature that finds a place for using different assessment formats jointly.

Psychiatric Genetics

These lectures encourage you to consider how psychiatry can use genetic testing to clarify diagnoses, find opportunities for treatment/intervention and provide information to families on the risks of recurrence.

Psychodynamics of Suicide

During this seminar, you will learn the importance of understanding the psychological and psychodynamic issues in assessing suicidality with respect to epidemiological data and suicidal risk factors. Understanding the person beyond his or her diagnostic classification forms an integral part of good psychiatric practice. You will be encouraged to participate by discussing your own suicidal 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.

Psychopathology from an Integrative Perspective

Focuses on the practical and theoretical divide between stressing observable, quantifiable phenomena, and emphasizing that which is unobservable. You will discuss the role of unconscious processes as a point of overlap between these two poles and the mounting evidence that demonstrates the importance of such processes.

Public Psychiatry

Overviews public psychiatry through lecture and discussion. You will survey topics including the model of recovery, Assertive Community Treatment, state and federal funding of mental health and housing policy locally and in the United States.

Sleep Disorders

Discusses the etiology, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of sleep disorders.

Stress Recognition

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

Topics in Neurology

Refresher course for senior residents on neurological topics such as assessing and treating movement disorders, seizure disorders and the basics of neurological examinations.

Transition to Practice

Discusses the challenges you will face after your residency training. Through lecture and group discussion, it covers professional and managed care topics such as contract negotiations, maintaining medical records and joining insurance panels.