First Year

16 weeks Inpatient Psychiatry
12 weeks Inpatient Internal Medicine
8 weeks Inpatient/Outpatient Neurology
8 weeks Emergency Psychiatry
8 weeks Inpatient Pediatrics or Emergency Medicine or combination of both

Second Year

16 weeks Inpatient Psychiatry
8 weeks- Inpatient Pediatric Psychiatry
8 weeks- Geriatric Psychiatry and Research
4 weeks- Community Psychiatry
4 weeks- Substance Abuse
8 weeks- Psychiatric Consult
4 weeks- elective- possible options include: Emergency Psych, Substance Abuse, Interventional Psych

Third Year

Outpatient Psychiatry

Fourth Year

8 weeks- Supervisory Psychiatry Consult
8 weeks- Inpatient Psychiatry Supervisor
4 weeks- Substance Abuse
4 weeks- Geriatric Psychiatry
28 weeks elective

Didactic Schedule

Grand Rounds

Required of all classes. Rotates among faculty members at University of Minnesota and guest lectures via telecast. Neuroscience grand rounds the first Tuesday of the month.

Essentials of Psychiatry

Required of PGY-1 class. Weekly one hour class, introduction to key topics for new residents including emergency psychiatry, mood disorders, substance use disorders, psychotic disorders, and anxiety disorders.

Journal Club

Required for all classes. Held once a month, with a resident presenting a current journal article for review and discussion. Faculty members will serve as facilitator where methods and designs fo study, as well as results are discussed.

ER/Case Conference Seminar

Required of all classes. Weekly seminar with specific topics to ER or inpatient psychiatry presented by residents to discuss topics of assessment and treatment in the inpatient and ER setting.


Required of all classes, twice monthly focus on psychotropic medications with faculty members and pharmacologists with emphasis on providing up-to-date information on psychotropic medications and their use. Subject areas will include neurochemistry, efficacy, side effects, contra-indications, drug interactions, and long-term effects.

Business of Medicine

Required of all classes. Various guest lectures, arranged by Professional Development Coordinator,a 3 year rotating curriculum focused on educating residents on topics that may not be discussed during their traditional medical school and/or residency curriculum. Topics include: personal finance, protecting yourself legally, how to negotiate a contract, considerations when interviewing for a job, etc. Local experts on each topic are brought in to present and answer questions.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Required of PGY-2 class. Review of fundamentals of development of the child and adolescent patient. The course reviews development of psychopathology and addresses the major domains of child and adolescent psychiatry. There will be 12 one hour sessions.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Required of PGY-2 class. Discussion of geropsychiatry, including approach to the geriatric psychiatry patient, psychosocial issues in aging, dementia, late-life depression, geriatric psychopharmacology, and psychosis in elderly. There will be six one hour sessions.

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Required of PGY-2 class. The course will focus on evaluation and treatment of psychiatric conditions related to medical illness and working as a multi-disciplinary team with various specialities. There will be 10 one hour session.

Substance Use Disorders

Required of PGY-2 class. The course will cover a broad range of topics releveant to understanding of addictive disorders, epidemiology, and neurobiology are addressed. Advances in pharmacology of addiction as well as teaching of inpatient and ambulatory detoxification will be discussed, Twelve Step Program, Motivation-enhancement therapy, and CBT approaches to addiction will be discussed. There will be 10 one hour lectures.

Personality Disorders in Inpatient Psychiatry

Required of PGY-2 class. The course will cover the phenomenology and practical management of key personality disorders encountered. There will be six one hour sessions.

Quality Improvement

Required of PGY-2 class. The course will cover the principles of quality improvement in healthcare settings. Residents will work together to develop ideas for quality improvement. Projects will be looked at for possible implementation. There will be 4 one hour sessions.

Outpatient Case Conference

Required of PGY-3 and PGY-4 classes. Weekly outpatient service conference addressing issues of treatment selection, treatment planning, continuity of care, administration, cultural issues, forensic issues, and multidisciplinary issues typical of outpatient treatment. Ongoing and recent patient cases are discussed.

Essentials of Psychotherapy

Required of PGY-3 and PGY-4 classes. Weekly systematic presentation of various psychotherapy models. Residents will obtain core knowledge and fundamentals in CBT, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic, Brief, Couples, and Family therapy.

Legal Aspects of Psychiatry

Required of PGY-3 and PGY-4 classes. Six one hour sessions that will cover the essential aspects of forencis psychiatry including civil commitment, competency, expert testimony, malpractice, criminal responsibility, informed consent, refusal of treatment, ethics, and mental health legislation.

Essentials of Trauma/PTSD

Required of the PGY-3 class. Six one hour sessions that will cover the foundation and biologic aspect of trauma including treatment with psychopharmacology, cognitive processing therapy, and prolonged exposure therapy.

Certification Review

Required of PGY-4 class. Twelve one hour sessions reviewing board topics and education on the Maintenance of Certification.

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