The Kaiser Permanente Psychiatry residency program places special consideration upon resident education in the classroom setting. One half-day per week is allocated to resident lectures and this time is firmly protected. Residents are not responsible for any clinical duties during lectures. Furthermore, every attempt is made to have little to no call the night before lectures so that residents have had ample opportunity to prepare for their lectures and to be rested. Lecturers with knowledge specific to the topic at hand are brought in from the community, nearby residencies, and from our own faculty. Lecture series are divided by PGY year and are chosen based upon the applicability to current clinical settings that residents are rotating in as well as to current level of knowledge.
Lecture series for the PGY-1 year include the basics of Neurology and Psychopharmacology, DSM5 criteria, Child and Adolescent Development, Psychosomatics, and Research Literacy. PGY-2 and PGY-3 lecture series build upon this knowledge by offering courses in Advanced Neurology and Psychopharmacology, Literature Review, Addictions, and Geriatric Psychiatry. Courses specific to different therapeutic modalities are also offered (i.e. Cognitive Behavioral, Supportive, Group, etc.). PGY-4 courses continue to hone the resident’s skills but also introduce more specialized topics such as Cross-cultural Psychiatry and Spirituality. Further, specific focus is given to helping residents prepare for the transition to being independent clinicians with courses that help to develop and refine Curriculum Vitae’s, interviewing skills, and an understanding of different practice environments.