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Didactics

Overview

The child/adolescent psychiatry residency is designed and organized to provide residents with a range of experiences, both clinical and didactic that cover the fundamental aspects of the practice of child/ adolescent psychiatry with the obvious caveat that it is not possible to cover everything in depth.  Residents will have to read both textbooks and other literature as assigned and independently to obtain the full benefit of the clinical and didactic curriculum.  The seminars of the child/ adolescent psychiatry are designed to supplement and complement the residency’s clinical experiences with an emphasis on learner participation and preparation.   The didactic curriculum is taught in a seminar model with the expectation that participants come prepared with basic knowledge of the topic and some ideas about what they would like to learn. 

Location/ Schedule

Mondays (first years only)
Briarcliff Campus, Building A, 308W
First Years, 5-6:30pm, July – December

Wednesdays (both years)

Briarcliff Campus, Building A, 308W except GR = Emory University Hospital

  • Both Years, 9am to 1pm (12pm used for meetings and seminars such as journal clubs)
  • First Years, 2 to 5pm, July - August

Fridays (second years only)
Briarcliff Campus, Building A, 302S except Forensics = Emory Faculty Office Building at Grady Health System                                               

Seminars (on Wednesday unless noted to be Monday or Friday)

Residents are expected to present in multiple seminars (case material or on a specific topic)

First Year

Basic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AKA Life as a 1st year CAP resident)

  • Overview of subjects/ topics basic to the practice of child/ adolescent psychiatry
  • Introduction to the Emory system and the Emory child and adolescent psychiatry residency program activities, sites and faculty
  • Discussion of topics relevant to current clinical rotations
  • Introduction to assessment, case formulation and treatment planning
  • Introduction to teaching and supervision
  • Introduction to the familial, ethical, cultural and spiritual aspects of child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Introduction to the environmental factors relevant to children, adolescents and families
  • Introduction to roles and responsibilities of child psychiatrists including professionalism and ethical principles
  • Introduction to approaches to lifelong learning
  • Incorporates readings, media and case material in various formats
  • Opportunities to observe faculty interview patients and to be observed seeing patients

Introduction to Psychotherapies

  • Introduction to psychotherapy
  • General aspects of therapy as well brief overviews of
  • Supportive
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Parent Child Interactive Therapy
  • Incorporates readings, media and case material in various formats

Psychopathology & Psychopharmacology

  • Discussion of psychiatric disorders and their treatment in children and adolescents, including various types of somatic and psychosocial treatments
  • Discussion of psychopharmacology in the context of treating various psychiatric disorders or symptoms

Behavioral Management

  • Overview of basic behavioral concepts and techniques relevant to children and adolescents
  • Opportunity to bring in case and observe faculty providing treatment
  • Residents expected to present and discuss relevant case material

Family Therapy Seminars; Mondays

  • Observation of ongoing family therapy
  • Opportunity to be co-therapist
  • Interact with psychology trainees

 

Second Year

Systems of Care (AKA Life as a 2nd year resident); Wednesdays (summer) and Fridays

  • Overview of various practice models and various roles of child and adolescent psychiatrists in various systems of care
  • Overview of various systems relevant to the care of children, adolescents and families
  • Specific discussion of system issues that impact children, adolescents and families
  • Discussion and review of varied CAP topics relevant to clinical activities including consultation, complicated cases, specific populations (e.g. infants), types of practice and approaches to lifelong learning
  • Incorporates readings, media and case material in various formats
  • Opportunities to go on field trips to become acquainted with various systems of care and participating faculty

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT); Fridays

  • Review and discussion of CBT approaches and techniques used with children and adolescents
  • Residents are expected to present case material and on assigned readings
  • Residents expected to present and discuss relevant case material as well as show taped patient sessions and present session notes

Family Therapy (FT); Fridays

  • Review and discussion of FT approaches and techniques used with children and adolescents
  • Residents are expected to present case material and on assigned readings
  • Residents expected to present and discuss relevant case material as well as show taped patient sessions and present session notes

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (PDT); Fridays

  • Overview of basic psychodynamic theories, concepts and techniques relevant to children and adolescents, includes play therapy
  • Residents expected to present and discuss relevant case material as well as show taped patient sessions and present process notes
  • Residents are expected to present on assigned readings
  • Residents expected to present and discuss relevant case material as well as show taped patient sessions and present session notes
  • Incorporates readings, media and case material in various formats

Psychopharmacology and Other Treatments; Wednesdays (summer) and Fridays

  • Discussion of psychiatric disorders and their treatment in children and adolescents, including various types of somatic and psychosocial treatments
  • Varied types of clinical interventions including psychopharmacology, psychotherapies, somatic treatments (e.g. ECT, DBS), alternative medical approaches and experiential interventions
  • Emphasis on the care of complicated cases
  • Residents expected to present and discuss relevant case material Incorporates readings, media and case material in various formats

Case Conference

  • Faculty and residents present focused clinical material in order to discuss specific questions or aspects of child and adolescent psychiatric practice

Forensics (Ash); January-February, Fridays

  • Introduction and overview of forensic cases relevant to children and adolescents
  • Mock trial

 

Both Years

Development

  • Overview of basic development relevant to clinical practice of child/ adolescent psychiatry
  • Organized by age groups as well as by topic
  • Interview typical individuals from pregnancy through adolescence
  • Discuss specific theoretical approaches and aspects of development
  • First years attend all of the seminar; the second years do not attend the interviewing/ age groups sections

Group Therapy

  • Review and discussion of group approaches and techniques used with children and adolescents
  • Discussion of various theoretical models and various types of format/ content (e.g. social skills, problem solving, aggression management)
  • Residents are expected to present case material and on assigned readings

Journal Club

  • Residents are expected to identify recent literature and collaborate with faculty to present and facilitate a group discussion
  • Evidence based medicine approach provides the framework for analyses and discussion of the articles

Life of Children

  • Review and discussion of the familial, ethical, cultural and spiritual aspects of child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Review and discussion of environmental factors relevant to children, adolescents and families
  • Incorporates readings, media and case material in various formats

Literacy as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

  • Review and discussion of literature literacy, evidence based approaches and clinical research with children and adolescents
  • Residents present and the 2nd year resident do a scholarly project
  • First year residents attend the seminars; 2nd years attend the seminar, have additional sessions on the project and do a project

Teaching

  • Review and discussion of various teaching and supervisory models appropriate for medical education
  • Second year residents attend all of the seminar; first year residents attend the didactic portion
  • Second year residents help teach in the PGY III child psychopathology course
  • Second year residents are observed teaching and participate in giving feedback to their peers
  • Second year residents have additional sessions on supervisory teaching

Outpatient Clinic Meeting

  • Review and discussion of resident outpatient psychotherapy clinic structure, activities and cases
  • Administrative supervision
  • Residents and faculty present on various child and adolescent psychiatry topics
  • Residents participate in quality assurance/ monitoring project

Program Director’s Meeting

  • Review and discussion of any relevant residency issues
  • Updates on program occurrences
  • Periodically includes meetings with the division/ section leadership
  • Program review

Chief Resident’s Meeting

  • Review and discussion of any relevant residency issues
  • Updates on program occurrences
  • Program review
  • Coordination of schedules

Psychiatry Grand Rounds

  • Presentations on psychiatry topics by a range of presenters
  • Some child and adolescent psychiatry topics/ speakers