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

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 and ethical issues with a central focus on a psychiatrist’s responsibility to patients.


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 that 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: Sheritta Strong, MD and Jeana Benton, MD

Description: Faculty and residents perform diagnostic interviews on inpatients; faculty will demonstrate interviews before residents perform their interviews. These interviews and patients are discussed with the goal of developing interviewing skills and techniques, observation and diagnostic skills, and formulation skills.


PGY-2 Highlights

CBT Didactics and Group CBT Supervision
Course Directors: Justin Weeks, PhD and Debi Pittock, LICSW

Description: This course reviews the theoretical underpinnings of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and provides supervision for group therapies conducted on a CBT team.

Advanced Psychopharmacology
Course Director: Teri Gabel, PharMD, BCPP

Description: This second-year course covers psychiatric genetics, circuits in psychopharmacology, from circuits to symptoms in psychopharmacology, psychosis, schizophrenia and psychopharmacology, substance use disorders and their treatment.

Substance Use Disorders Through the Lifespan
Course Directors: Alena Balasanova, MD and Ken Zoucha, 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.


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: Carl Greiner, MD

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 wide 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.