NYU Psychiatry Residency Curriculum

PGY I Didactics and Intern Support Group

Interns meet for two hours of protected time on Tuesday afternoons from July – March. One hour is devoted to didactics focusing on basic psychiatry, risk assessment, substance abuse and clinical case material. The other is a support group designed to help interns manage the stresses of working with medically ill patients, issues surrounding death and dying, and ways to cope with the stressors (sleep deprivation, critical decision making) associated with internship. From April of the PGY I year, after completing their medicine rotations, all interns meet for four hours of protected didactic time on Tuesday afternoons. These seminars are designed to complement the substantial formal and informal teaching and direct supervision provided by each rotation site. Didactics in the spring of the PGY I year include courses on interviewing, psychopharmacology, forensics and inpatient consultation.

PGY II Didactics

Throughout the academic year, PGY II residents meet for four hours of formal didactic seminars during protected time on Wednesday afternoons. These seminars are in addition to the substantial formal and informal teaching and direct supervision provided by each rotation site. The curriculum covers the major psychiatric disorders using a format integrating the role of psychological and social factors in the etiology and course of mental illness. The core curriculum focuses in particular on psychotic disorders, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. The PGY II didactic curriculum also includes courses in forensic psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, public psychiatry, substance abuse, personality disorders and geriatrics. Additional courses cover dynamic and supportive psychotherapies and psychodynamic models of psychological functioning.

PGY III Didactics

In the PGY III year, classes in the core didactic curriculum are held on Thursdays. Classes focus on out-patient evaluation and a variety of treatment modalities including psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, dynamic and interpersonal psychotherapies, group, family therapy and sex therapy, and therapies for severe personality disorders. In addition, there are classes in LGBT issues in psychiatry, women’s mental health, out-patient substance abuse, forensics and neuropsychiatry. There is also a weekly teaching conference in which each resident presents a case that is on-going and a faculty expert interviews the patient in front of the resident class.

PGY IV Didactics

In the PGY IV year, core didactic seminars are scheduled for Wednesday afternoons, yearlong. These four hours of protected time include seminars on consultation-liaison psychiatry, clinical neurology, evidence-based medicine, eating disorders, along with advanced seminars in psychopharmacology, dynamic therapy, substance abuse and forensics. In addition, residents attend classes covering career choices, leadership skills, administrative psychiatry and private practice.