Our program devotes an entire day per week to protected time for didactics. 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. Our curriculum emphasizes public psychiatry and work with historically oppressed communities while also incorporating new advances in field. PGY 1 and PGY 2 residents engage together in foundational courses taught by core faculty. PGY 2s also co-learn with PGY 3 residents in a two-year sequence of classes focused on subspecialty and advanced psychiatric topics, in addition to seminars and conferences organized within the various clinical rotations. PGY 4s have designated advanced classes including a summer leadership course. 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 require all PGY3 residents to complete the Residents-as-Teachers course and to engage in classroom teaching of PGY1 residents on Hospital Psychiatry topics.
Scholarly Activity in San Mateo County. In addition to participating in the full breadth of didactic offerings, we expect every resident to complete scholarly projects throughout their training and we particularly encourage scholarship with a public psychiatry lens. 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 have taken active roles in development of projects that aim to reduce health care disparities and 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):
PGY1 and PGY2
Introduction to Public Psychiatry
Principles of Hospital Psychiatry
Introduction to Psychopharmacology
Internal Medicine topics
Neurology, Neuroradiology and neuropathology
PGY2 and PGY3
Women’s Mental Health
Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Culture and spirituality
Leadership, management and teaching in psychiatry
Safety and risk assessment
Practice-based learning and improvement
Systems-based practice/Quality Improvement