Psychiatry Residency Didactics
The weekly dedicated didactic day covers the breadth of psychiatry and related specialties. These lectures are presented locally by program faculty. Some specialized topics may be presented by other experts live or via teleconference. Powerpoint presentations are posted online and some sessions are videotaped for later review by residents.
In addition to lectures, residents are given web-based modules for a number of different subjects, including Patient Handoffs, Quality Improvement, Residents as Teachers, Medical Record Documentation, Sleep Deprivation, Resident Intimidation, etc. These modules are done at the residents’ own pace, but the program tracks their progress.
Psychiatry residents will attend a monthly journal club, where they will develop and demonstrate the skills needed to critically analyze the validity, reliability and strength of evidence in the medical literature. All residents at Mather participate in quality improvement projects throughout their training period.
The program also employs the simulation center at Stony Brook Medicine for small-group instruction (such as team skills in interdisciplinary mock code sessions). Residents attend “All-Resident Conferences” several times per year, which address topics that, because of their focus on competencies such as professionalism or systems-based practice, have cross-disciplinary components.
The program employs the following conferences, all of which are required for residents and all of which involve faculty:
- Morning Report
- Noon core curriculum conference
- Weekly Hospital Grand Rounds
- Monthly EBM Conference/Journal Club
- Monthly Department of Medicine Case Conference
- Monthly Quality and Safety Conference
- Individual rotations may have their own lectures
The core conference curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the following topics:
- Seclusion and Restraints
- Forensic Psychiatry
- Psychiatric Ethics
- Psychological Testing
- Socio-Cultural Issues in Psychiatry
- Psychiatry in the Media
- Gender and Sexual Orientation Issues in Psychiatry
- Anxiety Disorders
- Feeding and Eating Disorders
- Substance related and Addictive Disorders