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Curriculum

General information

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.  

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

PGY2 and PGY3
Public Psychiatry
C/L psychiatry
Addiction Psychiatry
Child/Adult/Geriatric Psychiatry
Forensic psychiatry
Women’s Mental Health
Neuropsychiatry/Neuropsychological testing
Advanced Psychopharmacology
Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
TEAM CBT
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Culture and spirituality
Ethics
Mind-Body Psychiatry
Leadership, management and teaching in psychiatry
Quality Improvement

PGY4
Advanced Psychotherapy
Advanced Psychopharmacology
Leadership
Resident Teaching and Feedback
Clinical Research

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

Commands