Psychiatry Residency Training Program

Curriculum

Summer Orientation Curriculum

A two-month long intensive orientation seminar designed to provide new residents with an introduction to psychopharmacology; patient evaluation; emergency room evaluation; management of agitation; forensic psychiatry practice issues unique to Massachusetts; interviewing skills; risk management; mental and cognitive status evaluation techniques; neurological examination; non-violent self defense techniques; tours of community referral sites; neurodiagnostic labs, research labs; and night call issues.

Longitudinal Curriculum Tracks

Three to four year didactic curricula allowing increased depth as training progresses exist in the following areas. Other areas are covered during individual years of the training program.

PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY

  • Weekly PGY-I and PGY-II years Psychopharmacology Seminar
  • Biological psychiatry seminar PGY-III and PGY-IV years Case conferences alternating with journal clubs and invited speakers in neuropsychiatry and psychopharmacology
  • Psychopharmacology clinic PGY-III and PGY-IV years (work together with attending on-site)
  • PGY-IV electives available (including affective, anxiety, and psychotic disorders clinics, ECT, etc.)
  • Fellowship available
Title
Psychopharmacology

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Cognitive-behavioral Psychotherapy

Group Psychotherapy

Neuropsychiatry

Public Sector Psychiatry

Forensic Psychiatry

PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY

PGY-I

Opportunity to begin treating one patient in long term psychotherapy if desired

PGY-II

  • Psychotherapy introductory course
  • Pick up 2 long-term therapy cases
  • Weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy supervision

PGY-III/IV

  • Psychodynamic literature and technique seminar
  • Weekly psychodynamic psychotherapy supervision
  • Approximately 3-4 hours per week of psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy PGY-IV elective available

COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOTHERAPY

  • Didactic curriculum PGY-II through PGY-IV years
  • Weekly cognitive-behavioral supervision PGY-III and PGY-IV years
  • Electives available in cognitive therapy adapted to particular syndromes
  • 3 hours per week of cognitive-behavioral therapy in PGY-III and IV years

GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY

PGY-II

  • T Group (Weekly experiential training group)
  • Co-lead inpatient psychiatry groups

PGY-III

  • Co-lead at least one group therapy with faculty
  • Introduction to group therapy course
  • Group therapy seminar (in addition to introduction already listed)

PGY-IV

  • Optional continuation of group therapy experience

NEUROPSYCHIATRY

  • PGY-1 One month neuropsychiatry rotation
  • Weekly Clinical Neuroscience Seminar in PGY-I/II years
  • Weekly Neuropsychiatry Elective Seminar (all years)
  • Didactics in all years (including all neuroimaging modalities, clinical skills, and neuroscience)
  • Neuropsychiatry case conferences and journal clubs during Biological Psychiatry Seminar
  • PGY-IV longitudinal electives available
  • PGY-IV Chief Residency available
  • Fellowship available

PUBLIC SECTOR PSYCHIATRY

PGY-1

  • Visits to public sector treatment sites in the area

PGY-II

  • Public sector admissions unit
  • Public sector continuing care unit
  • Forensic psychiatry rotation
  • Begin continuity experience with one chronically mentally ill individual

PGY-III

  • Community mental health center clinic one day per week (select urban or rural setting)
  • Public sector seminar
  • Weekly community psychiatry supervision
  • Continue continuity experience with long-term patient and begin with second patient
  • Visit to Bridgewater State Hospital (Department of Corrections forensic mental health hospital)

PGY-IV

  • Community mental health center clinic one-half to one day per week (optional)
  • Public sector seminar
  • Weekly community psychiatry supervision continued if clinic continued
  • Continue continuity experience with individuals with chronic mental illness
  • Chief residencies and electives available (including deaf unit, adolescent unit, forensic psychiatry, mental health administration, admissions unit, substance abuse, day treatment)

FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY

  • Didactics in all years
  • PGY-II forensic psychiatry rotation
  • PGY-IV electives available
  • Fellowship available