Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds is hosted by speakers that include guest lecturers, faculty members and fellow residents. The topics presented include clinical issues, research topics and projects, mental health policy issues, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
The ethics conference is held once per month and includes all psychiatric residents and a faculty member. A wide variety of ethical issues and dilemmas psychiatrists encounter in practice are discussed in this seminar.
Once per month, residents present a summary of one to three articles from a recent psychiatric publication. All residents will read the article(s) prior to discussing them as a group with a faculty mentor, with an emphasis on evaluating the article’s background, methodology, interpretation and significance of findings.
Advanced Psychopharmacology Seminar
Our PGY3 and PGY4 residents meet with a faculty member once each week to review various advanced pharmacology topics. Each week, a psychopharmacology article is reviewed with an emphasis on reviewing evidence-based guidelines and practices.
Outpatient Case Conference
Once per month, PGY3 and PGY4 residents present a patient to fellow residents, a therapist and a psychiatrist. At the presentation, the patient’s history is presented before a faculty member interviews the patient. After the interview, the residents, therapist and attending physician discuss the case with special emphasis on therapy methods and techniques, psychodynamic themes, intra-psychic conflicts and ego defense mechanisms. These conferences have traditionally been a resident favorite.
Consultation-Liaison Case Conference
Each month, the residents and faculty meet to discuss a case from the consultation and liaison service. At each conference, the resident assigned to the consultation-liaison service presents an unusual or interesting case. The topics covered include unusual presentations of psychiatric conditions, end-of-life issues, organic brain syndromes, somatoform disorders and pain management.
Residents meet weekly for faculty-led board review. The class emphasizes material that is not only important for the written boards and the in-training exam (PRITE), but also reviews clinical information involving patient care.
Practice Improvement Meeting
This is a quarterly conference that is attended by all faculty and residents within the department to discuss a difficult case or outcome from a risk management perspective.