General Psychiatry Residency


Overall format: approximately 44 didactic days per year, 4 hours per day




Grand Rounds


Didactic I


Didactic II


Didactic III or

Journal Club or

Case Conference


Resident Meeting



PGY-1 through PGY-4 Longitudinal Courses

Becoming a Psychiatrist
Course directors: Rebecca Wysoske, MD

Description: This is a longitudinal course throughout the program with all residents together. This course reviews all aspects of the patient-doctor relationship and career development. It is concerned with residents’ attitudinal development with a strong emphasis on wellness, professionalism, scholarship, lifelong learning, societal and ethical issues with a central focus on a psychiatrist’s responsibility to patients. 

Journal Club
Course Directors: Erin Ranum, MD

Description: This course takes the learner through recent and pertinent psychiatric literature with the goal of having residents critically analyze the quality of studies and apply the results to clinical practice. This course will review both recent literature and less recent articles that continue to have significance in current clinical practice


PGY-1 Highlights

Introduction to Psychiatry
Course Directors: Daniel Gih, MD and Jeana Benton, MD

Description: Overview of general psychopharmacology and management of common conditions of mood, personality, addiction, and psychotic disorders encountered in the inpatient and emergency room settings. Format includes lectures, case formulation and discussion.

Stress Management and Resiliency Training [SMART] 
Course directors: Rebecca Wysoske, MD

Description: Introduction to self-care practices is taught at the very beginning of residency. This evidence-based program incorporates a three-pronged approach to resilience: 1) Elicitation of the relaxation response; 2) Development of stress awareness techniques and cognitive strategies for coping; and 3) Development of adaptive perspectives.

Psychiatric Interviewing and the Mental Status Examination
Course directors: Melissa O’Dell, MD and Dana Raml, MD

Description: This course will focus on the development of effective interview skills and techniques by utilizing published literature, observed interviewing, and small group interactions. We will review strategies for using the clinical interview in patient formulation, diagnosis, and treatment planning.

Fundamentals of Therapy, Social Work and Psychiatric Nursing
Course Director: Meagan Kankovsky LICSW

Description: Overview of disciplines and roles that work closely with members of the Department of Psychiatry and patient care teams including but not limited to clinical therapists, social workers, nursing and patient care techs, and physician assistants . Learning how these roles and relationships may impact patient care.


PGY-2 Highlights

CBT Didactics and Group CBT Supervision
Course Directors: Justin Weeks, PhD and Meagan Kankovsky, LICSW

Description: This course reviews the theoretical and practical underpinnings of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and provides supervision for CBT conducted as part of outpatient treatment. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of basic CBT strategies for working with patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders.

Advanced Psychopharmacology
Course Director: Jeana Benton, MD and Teri Gabel, PharmD, BCPP

Description: Case-based learning regarding the critical evaluation of medication choice, novel drug development, and practical applications of medication use in special populations, complex medical illness, and treatment-resistant conditions.

Substance Use Disorders Through the Lifespan
Course Directors: Claudia Moore, MD

Description: Epidemiology and neurobiology of substance use disorders, evaluation, and clinical management of patients with substance use disorders including diagnosis and treatment of co-occurring psychiatric disorders, withdrawal management, psychopharmacology including medication assisted treatment, the use of psychological and behavioral therapies in the treatment of addiction, harm reduction and stages of change theory, and the use of self-help groups will be discussed.

DBT Didactics
Course Director: Meagan Kankovsky LICSW

Description: This course reviews the theoretical and practical underpinnings of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and provides supervision for DBT conducted as part of outpatient treatment. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of basic DBT strategies for working with patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders.


PGY-3 Highlights

Anxiety Disorders through the Lifespan 
Course Directors: Lauren Edwards, MD and Ryan Edwards, MD

Description: The series focuses on the evaluation, treatment, and consultative services for patients ranging from school-aged children through the elderly who have anxiety disorders and other related conditions. Specific disorders of attention will include specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette’s syndrome and other tic disorders, and trichotillomania. Treatment will focus on the use of cognitive behavioral therapy and pharmacotherapy.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Course Directors: Tim Post, PsyD

Description: The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of different strategies for developing a therapeutic relationship with patients. The course emphasizes developing skills in understanding the patient’s experience, developing a therapeutic alliance, and constructing an effective treatment plan. The course will present a range of theoretical perspectives on case formulation, clinical assessment, and treatment planning pertinent to a broad range of patients.

Childhood Disorders
Course Directors: Madeline West, MD and Ryan Edwards, MD

Description: Course covers conditions commonly found in children, adolescents and transitional age patients such as eating and feeding disorders, attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism spectrum disorders and intellectual disability.

PGY-4 Highlights

Transition to Practice II
Course Directors: Steve Wengel, MD and Daniel Gih, MD

Description: Practice management, financial planning, impaired physicians, personal liability insurance, malpractice, and negotiating a contract will be presented by faculty members and community providers representing various career paths.

Reproductive Psychiatry
Course Directors: Sharon Hammer, MD and Marley Doyle, MD

Description: This course explores the unique aspects of psychiatric care for women, and the assessment and treatment of psychiatric symptoms linked with female reproductive cycle transitions.

Social Systems in Psychiatry
Course Directors: Cindy Schreiber, MSW and Jennifer Sparrock, MSW

Description: This course focuses on how health care delivery interfaces with various cultural issues, and on understanding hospitals, community-based systems, and government agencies involved in health care delivery and workforce development, the legal system as it interfaces with the practice of medicine, and managed care organizations. A central focus is on the history and evolution of these systems.