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Our program emphasizes clinical excellence, leadership development, and personalized training to foster each resident’s growth as a psychiatrist. We devote an entire day per week to protected time for didactics and continue to seek innovative teaching and learning techniques. Our teachers are experts in the field and come from within our own system as well as from major academic centers in the area. We favor learning in small interactive groups and often use a round table tutorial or case discussion format. PGY 1 residents have a dedicated curriculum taught by core faculty and also join senior residents for case conferences. PGY 2 and PGY 3 residents participate in a two-year sequence of classes together, in addition to seminars and conferences organized within the various clinical rotations. PGY 4s have designated advanced classes. In addition, we expect all residents to attend a longitudinal process group that meets weekly and provides an opportunity for experiential learning about group behavior.

Residents have ample opportunity for participation in curriculum development. Our program embraces an adult learning model, encouraging active engagement in our didactic series. Residents give feedback regarding didactic classes on an ongoing basis and make more formal suggestions at a quarterly meeting with the Program Director. In addition, we believe strongly in opportunities for self-directed and experiential learning and provide flexibility for independent projects according to resident interest. We also encourage the Residents-as-Teachers model within our curriculum. In the past, senior residents have taught Quality Improvement, Community Psychiatry, Cultural Psychiatry  and Leadership courses.  

Leading Change: Scholarly Activity in San Mateo County. In addition to participating in the full breadth of didactic offerings, we expect every resident to complete scholarly activity projects throughout their training. PGY1 residents co-present a clinical case conference with their senior residents from the inpatient unit during the Psychiatry Block. PGY2-4 residents complete a Quality Improvement project and present a poster at the Community Project Poster day in the spring at San Mateo Medical Center. PGY 2-4 residents are also expected to present at least 2 case conferences during the academic year, and PGY4 residents each deliver a Grand Rounds at San Mateo. Many residents also take advantage of unprecedented access to San Mateo Health System and Behavioral Health and Recovery leadership opportunities. Residents have taken active roles in the development of several programs in the delivery system including: 1) Pre-to-Three, a psychiatry clinic serving pregnant and new mothers and their children 2) Crisis Respite Housing, a model of care combining mental health care and housing resources and 3) Telepsychiatry programs currently under development to serve individuals in rural areas as well as migrant workers. Residents are encouraged to submit papers to major journals, as well as to present posters and workshops at regional and national conferences based on their work.

The following is a list of typical topics covered during the four years of training (subject to change):

Introduction to diagnostic interviewing
Principles of Inpatient Psychiatry
Introduction to Psychopharmacology
Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry
Psychopathology Modules
Internal Medicine topics
Neurology, Neuroradiology and neuropathology

PGY2 and PGY3
Biostatistics and research
Emergency and C/L psychiatry
Addiction Psychiatry
Child/Adult/Geriatric Psychiatry
Advanced Forensic psychiatry
Women’s Mental Health
Neuropsychiatry/Neuropsychological testing
Advanced Psychopathology
Advanced Psychopharmacology
Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Cognitive and other evidence based psychotherapies
Brief, Family, Couple’s and Group psychotherapy
Human Sexuality
Culture/ethnicity and spirituality
History of psychiatry
Leadership, management and teaching in psychiatry
Organizational behavior and public psychiatry
Quality Improvement

Advanced Psychotherapy
Advanced Psychopharmacology
Career and professional development
Resident Teaching and Feedback
Clinical Research

All PGYs
Safety and risk assessment
Community Psychiatry
Evidence-based medicine
Practice-based learning and improvement
Integrated Medicine
Group Process
Systems-based practice/Quality Improvement