PGY 1 Curriculum

PGY 1 residents are encouraged to attend didactics in medicine and neurology while on those rotations. In psychiatry rotations they attend all scheduled didactics for junior residents, usually jointly with the PGY 2 residents except where noted in the schedule.  Below are the classes specifically targeted to the PGY 1 residents and include courses that are repeated over the course of the year to ensure that all the PGY 1 residents are able to attend.


Mental Status Exam
An interactive introduction to the elements of the mental status exam, including tools for observation, assessment, and description.


Initial Psychiatric Note
This course reviews the basic elements of the initial psychiatric note, with emphasis on the writing of the history of present illness and biopsychosocial formulation. Also will include a review of the risk assessment for violence and self injury.


Introduction to the American Mental Health System and Services
This course reviews the structure of mental health care provision in the US, including payment structures, community based services, hospital based levels of care, and recent changes in health care delivery such as mental health transformation in New York State. Also, will include a brief overview of correctional mental health service and how mental illness can influence path towards adjudication


Introduction to the DSM V

This course will introduce the new resident to the history of the DSM, and overview of the diagnostic categories in the DSM V, including paraphilic disorders. Case vignettes and differential diagnosis will be discussed. 


Introduction to the Emergency Services
This course will introduce the new resident to the Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation Service and will include a discussion of forensic issues, legal status, safety assessment and introduction to management of the high risk patient. It will also provide an overview of Pre-arraignment evaluations in the CPEP, risk assessments, documentation, duty to warn, duty to protect, including SAFE ACT reporting.


Psychiatric Interviewing
This course focuses on important elements of the psychiatric assessment and interview techniques to effectively gather information during a psychiatric interview including risk assessment.


Managing Effective Handoffs 101
In this course, residents will learn strategies to ensure safe and timely transfer of patient care to their colleagues.  Also they will learn effective strategies to track their patient’s current medications, medication adjustments, side effects, and laboratory profiles for communication with their colleagues during handoffs. Residents will be introduced to background, rationale and overview of TEAMSTEPPS.


Introduction to Psychiatric Medications
In this course, residents will learn about commonly used medications in the acute services where they work. They will get an introductory overview of the indications and uses of antidepressants, antipsychotics and mood stabilizers. This course will also review standards of care in treatment, informed consent regarding risks, benefits and alternatives of medications and risk management issues related to prescribing.