Curriculum

Psychiatry Residency

The psychiatry residency curriculum offers residents the full array of both clinical and didactic experiences in the field. Below you will find an overview of the clinical rotations for each year of training.

Year 1

Rotation Blocks
Inpatient psychiatry at UF Health Jacksonville 4 blocks
Internal medicine* 4 blocks
Neurology at UF Health Jacksonville 2 blocks
Adult/geriatric inpatient psychiatry at Baptist Medical Center 3 blocks
*Or up to 4 months pediatrics and/or up to one month emergency medicine to fulfill medicine requirement

Year 2

Rotation Blocks
Child and adolescent inpatient at Wolfson Children’s Hospital 3 blocks
Consultation/liaison at UF Health Jacksonville (50%)

Addiction psychiatry at Gateway Community Services (50%)
3 blocks
Consultation/liaison (50%)
Emergency psychiatry (50%)
4 blocks
Elective 1 block
Community psychiatry at Mental Health Resource Center and Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless 1 block
Forensic psychiatry at Gateway 1 block

Year 3

Rotation Blocks
Outpatient psychiatry at UF Health Jacksonville, San Jose and Veterans Health System:

    General Adult Outpatient (80%)

    Geriatric (10%)

    Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (10%)
13 blocks

Year 4

Rotation Blocks
Outpatient Psychiatry at UF Health Jacksonville (25%)

San Jose and Veterans Health System (25%)

Electives (50%)
6.5 blocks
Electives 6.5 blocks

Conferences

A variety of regular teaching conferences contribute to the development of the residents’ clinical knowledge, skills and judgment in the field of psychiatry.

Grand Rounds

A monthly conference featuring various topics from research presentations to case presentations and discussion.

Journal Club

A monthly conference covering new literature, articles presented focus discussion on critical review of methodology and interpretation of results with implication for clinical practice.

Case Conference

Case presentations by residents and faculty with a discussion of the diagnosis, formulations and treatment options from a variety of theoretical backgrounds. In year 4, continuous case conference takes the form of a weekly seminar that follows a resident case from evaluation to termination via a group supervision format.

Psychopharmacology

  • In year 1, residents will have a weekly introduction to psychopharmacology course for eight weeks, presenting a survey of basic psychopharmacology, including antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety agents and mood stabilizers.
  • In year 3, the advanced psychopharmacology seminar is a weekly conference for 20 weeks that provides a survey of psychopharmacology including review of receptors, neurotransmitters, pharmacokinetics and advanced treatment techniques including augmentation strategies for treatment-resistant patients. Residents will also present cases for consultation during this seminar.

Psychotherapy

  • In year 2, the introduction to psychotherapy conference is a weekly conference for 20 weeks that covers basic psychotherapy concepts including establishing rapport, use of empathy, transference and counter-transference and basic concepts of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Residents will obtain a supervised psychotherapy patient and present the case in a seminar/group supervision format.
  • The year 3 psychotherapy seminar is a weekly seminar for 20 weeks, presenting the basic concepts and various psychotherapies, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, family therapy and group therapy.
  • In year 4, the weekly advanced psychotherapy seminar presents sequentially advanced topics in cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, family and group therapies. Directed readings and case presentations/discussion from both residents and faculty will be used as part of the learning process and residents will learn to apply manualized cognitive-behavioral therapy during this seminar.

Other Year-1 Didactic Seminars

  • Clinical interviewing - Weekly for 12 weeks, didactic and experiential seminar covering the basics of psychiatric interviewing, the course begins with a survey of the literature on interviewing techniques, followed by resident observation of faculty interviews of patients and then resident interview with patients for constructive feedback
  • Crash Course in Inpatient and Emergency Psychiatry - Weekly for four weeks, orientation to psychiatric emergencies, civil commitment laws, safety issues, treating violent or aggressive patients and psychopharmacology
  • Psychopathology Seminar - Weekly for 20 weeks, survey of the epidemiology, risk factors, diagnosis and treatment of axis I psychiatric disorders
  • Neurology for Psychiatrists - Weekly for eight weeks, survey of the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases
  • Psychological Testing Seminar - Weekly for four weeks, survey of the use and interpretation of psychological tests in the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders

Other Year-2 Didactic Seminars

  • Development Seminar - Weekly for 20 weeks, survey of the various theories of development, including basic central nervous system development, psychoanalytic theories, attachment theory and stages of development
  • Addiction Psychiatry - Weekly for eight weeks, epidemiology, risk and protective factors, dual diagnosis, assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, seminar includes training on motivational enhancement techniques and models of treatment
  • Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation-liaison Psychiatry - Weekly for eight weeks, review of the psychosomatic medicine literature and consult-liaison psychiatry
  • Emergency Psychiatry - Weekly for four weeks, review of emergency treatment of aggressive or psychotic patients, violence and risk assessment and civil commitment

Other Year-3 Didactic Seminars

  • Geriatric Psychiatry Seminar - Weekly for eight weeks, diagnosis and treatment of elderly patients, including dementias and comorbidity issues
  • Child Psychiatry Seminar - Weekly for eight weeks, introduction to the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents
  • Forensic Psychiatry - Weekly for eight weeks, civil commitment, competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, waiver issues to adult court for youth, psychiatric disorders in incarcerated patients, includes discussion of landmark cases in forensic psychiatry
  • Community Psychiatry - Weekly for eight weeks, survey of community psychiatry and the treatment of severe and persistent psychiatric disorders, topics include assertive community treatment, the recovery and consumer-driven care model and psychosocial rehabilitation
  • Research Seminar - Weekly for eight weeks, concepts of evidence-based medicine, basic research methodologies and statistics and how to critically review the literature

Other Year-4 Didactic Seminars

  • Complementary/Alternative and Other Treatments – Weekly for four weeks, mind/body connection, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing, hypnosis and acupuncture
  • History of Psychiatry – Weekly for four weeks
  • Starting a Practice – Weekly for four weeks, how to start a practice and business and economics basics
  • Personal Development – Weekly for four weeks, CV development, determining career paths, networking for career success