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Educational Activities

Combined All Resident Experiences

Grand Rounds – A weekly Department-wide conference.  Residents have an opportunity to Out-of-town speakers typically spend the hour following grand rounds with trainees.

Journal Club – A monthly presentation designed to build evidence-based knowledge.

ROSS (Resident Organized Seminar Series) – Monthly presentations over lunch on Tuesdays with topics and presenters in response to resident requests.

Joint Neurology-Psychiatry Lunch – A monthly meeting devoted to topics bridging psychiatry and neurology.

Program Directors Lunch – Monthly meeting with the Program Director.

Psychotherapy Teaching

Psychotherapy knowledge and training is a core component of the training mission. Our curriculum unfolds over the four years.

Foundations are established starting in the PGY-1 year, with a deeper dive into theory and understanding about psychotherapy in year 2. Then in PGY-3, residents get detailed information about types of therapies – long-term, short-term, CBT, DBT, family, group and others. The knowledge and experience is then consolidated in the PGY-4 year.

Clinic caseloads in the PGY-2, PGY-3 and PGY-4 include many patients receiving various forms of psychotherapy (e.g., psychodynamic, supportive, brief, cognitive-behavioral) as part of the treatment plans.

In Rochester Psychiatric Center’s inpatient units, longer-term psychotherapies are typically a part of treatment and rehabilitation plans.

Individual supervision experience is integral to psychotherapy training.  PGY-3 residents have a psychotherapy supervisor. PGY-4 residents are given the option of having an additional supervisor.


All residents are assigned a mentor to help with career development. In addition, PGY-1 and 2 residents will have a preceptor, and PGY-3 residents will have a psychotherapy supervisor – residents are expected to meet weekly with their preceptors/supervisors.

Family Therapy

Family therapy supervision occurs in the context of the seminar and practicum in the PGY-3 year.  Additional psychotherapy supervision occurs with the resident’s preceptor and with service-based attendings.

The Resident as Teacher

Often the best way to learn is to teach.  All residents will work supervising medical students throughout the curriculum.  In addition, there are opportunities to develop lectures for local medical and college students. And Residency didactics contain sessions on teaching and supervising.

Quality Improvement

It is important that residents learn about Quality improvement (QI), the framework used to systematically improve the way care is delivered to patients.  An important basis for QI work is the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle, an iterative process.  URMC has a robust Unit-based Performance Program (UPP), with unit-based teams run by clinicians. Residents will participate in a UPP team over at least one year.

Scholarly Project

Each PGY-4 resident is expected to prepare publication-quality scholarly paper or poster.  This work may be based on the resident’s own research or innovative or scholarly literature review.  It is important for residents to share their knowledge with others, so this scholarly effort will be presented at the Department’s annual Poster Day held each spring.  Residents are especially encouraged to submit their work for publication or poster presentation at the national level.