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Educational Activities

Combined All Resident Experiences

Chair/Program Director Rounds – A weekly case conference alternating between the Department Chair and the Program Director.  Thursday mornings

Grand Rounds – A department-wide conference.  Out of town speakers typically spend the hour following grand rounds with trainees.

Journal Club – A monthly presentation designed to build evidence based medicine skills.

ROSS (Resident Organized Seminar Series) Lunches – Lunch presentations 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 training is a core component of the training mission. Our curriculum unfolds over the four years of training.
  • Foundations are established starting in the PGY-1 year, with graduated classroom didactics to build knowledge and skills in short- and long-term psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, group, family and supportive therapies.
  • Integral to psychotherapy training are individual supervision experiences and senior psychotherapy conferences.
  • In Rochester Psychiatric Center’s inpatient units, longer-term psychotherapies are typically a part of treatment and rehabilitation plans.
  • 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.
  • One psychotherapy supervisor is assigned in the PGY-3 year. PGY-4 residents are given the option of having an additional supervisor.


  • In addition to preceptors and supervisors, residents will be assigned an academic mentor.  They will meet on a monthly basis around issues of career development.

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.

Scholarly Project

  • Each PGY-4 resident is expected to prepare publication-quality scholarly paper.  This work may be based on the resident’s own research or innovative or scholarly literature review.  This scholarly effort will be presented at the Department’s annual Posterior Day.  Residents are also encouraged to submit their work for publication at the national level.  It may also be possible for residents to present their work at the Department’s Grand Rounds.