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 RoundtableResident Grand Rounds
Aug
SepMaster Clinician Interviews**
OctResidents 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

JulOn Call PsychiatryBeing a Yale ResidentIntro to PharmacologyResident Grand Rounds
Aug
SepBrain CampMaster Clinician Interviews**
Mind Camp
Social Psychiatry CampIntegrative Psychiatry
OctMalcolm Bowers Case Conference Series"Perspectives" on PsychiatryScientific FoundationsCore Skills*Department Grand Rounds
Nov
Dec
JanResearch LiteracyOrganizational Behavior
Feb
Mar
AprPsychodynamic PsychotherapyForensic Psychiatry
May
JunChild 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

JulAdvanced Psycho-
pharmacology
Cognitive Behavioral TherapyPhysical Health and PsychiatryPsychodynamic Psychotherapy
(at the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute)
Resident Grand Rounds
Aug
SepMaster Clinician Interviews**
OctDepartment Grand Rounds
NovSubstance Abuse/Core Addiction
DecCouples Therapy
JanTranslational NeuroscienceGroup TherapyPractice 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

JulBeing a Yale Psychiatrist: "Leadership 101"Quality ImprovementResident Grand Rounds
Aug
SepNeuroscience and SocietyMaster Clinician Interviews**
Oct"NY Times" PsychiatryDepartment Grand Rounds
Nov
Dec
JanBoard Review for Psychiatry and NeurologySpecial Topics in Psychiatry
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun

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