Centralized Didactic Curriculum and Grand Rounds

Residents are assigned to various clinical sites for their rotations and site based didactics, but they come together on a weekly basis for centralized didactics and Grand Rounds.

The centralized didactic curriculum has undergone significant change in recent years. The focus has been on creating a centralized curriculum that actively engages the residents with material pertinent to their year of training and covers the broad spectrum of core knowledge that they need to become excellent psychiatrists. The use of adult learning principles, such as active involvement from the residents in the learning process and presenting material at the time when the residents are engaged in the issue, have been emphasized in the revised curriculum. Since learning is a collaborative process, resident suggestions about topics to add are always welcome and their active participation in the classroom is routinely expected.

The charts below depict the schedule of courses in the centralized didactic curriculum and other centralized educational activities:

PGY1 Centralized Didactics

Jul "Psychiatry 101"* Biopsychosocial Formulation* Substance Use Disorders Seminar* Inpatient Interviewing* PGY1 Roundtable Resident Grand Rounds
Aug
Sep Master Clinician Interviews**
Oct Residents attend Medicine and Neurology Didactics while rotating in those departments. Department Grand Rounds
Nov
Dec
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun

* These courses take place during the three months when the resident rotates on the inpatient unit at the VA. Psychiatry 101 includes Acute Psychiatry, Therapeutic Communication, Evidence Based Mental Health and other topics.
** In this series, faculty members demonstrate their interviewing skills with a live patient.

PGY2 Centralized Didactics

Jul On Call Psychiatry Being a Yale Resident Intro to Pharmacology Resident Grand Rounds
Aug
Sep Brain Camp Master Clinician Interviews**
Mind Camp
Social Psychiatry Camp Integrative Psychiatry
Oct Malcolm Bowers Case Conference Series "Perspectives" on Psychiatry Scientific Foundations Core Skills* Department Grand Rounds
Nov
Dec
Jan Research Literacy Organizational Behavior
Feb
Mar
Apr Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Forensic Psychiatry
May
Jun Child Psychiatry

* In this weekly class, each resident is matched with a classmate and a faculty member to practice interviewing and presentation skills using a live patient.
** In this series, faculty members demonstrate their interviewing skills with a live patient.

PGY3 Centralized Didactics

Jul Advanced Psycho-
pharmacology
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Physical Health and Psychiatry Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
(at the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute)
Resident Grand Rounds
Aug
Sep Master Clinician Interviews**
Oct Department Grand Rounds
Nov Substance Abuse/Core Addiction
Dec Couples Therapy
Jan Translational Neuroscience Group Therapy Practice Based Learning and Improvement*
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun

* This course is site based. Timing will vary depending on the resident's assigned site.
** In this series, faculty members demonstrate their interviewing skills with a live patient.

PGY4 Centralized Didactics

Jul Being a Yale Psychiatrist: "Leadership 101" Quality Improvement Resident Grand Rounds
Aug
Sep Neuroscience and Society Master Clinician Interviews**
Oct "NY Times" Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds
Nov
Dec
Jan Board Review for Psychiatry and Neurology Special Topics in Psychiatry
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun

** In this series, faculty members demonstrate their interviewing skills with a live patient.