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MORNING REPORT:  All inpatient residents start their day with morning report, starting at 7:30AM to 8:00 AM, with the post call resident and Dr. Ardoin.  This is a formal check out with case discussion and on call issues, to get attending feedback and 1:1 teaching with residents.

QUARTERLY RESIDENT CONFERENCES: Grand rounds are led by 4th year residents once a quarter.  This involves a wide range of clinical and research topics that are presented in the lecture format and are followed by a question and answer session.  

JOURNAL CLUB is led by a resident monthly.  It consists of a resident presenting a clinical topic with relevant articles reviewed and then presented in a consolidated manner, to the staff and fellow residents.  

MORTALITY & MORBIDITY CONFERENCE is led by a PGY-3 residents once a quarter and includes presenting and reviewing a clinical case or incident of significance, in order to improve patient care and outcomes.  

JOURNAL REVIEW consists of one afternoon a quarter, dedicated to review of three to four journals in Psychiatry.  Each class is assigned a journal to review and are expected to present selected articles to the peer group, in a non-formal and non-classroom setting.  This is an opportunity to catch up on latest research and trends collectively as a group and cover a wide array of topics in one setting.

Residents have 8 hours of protected didactic time every week.  The schedule includes case based learning, Kaplan and Sadock review, DSM-5 review, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy and essential readings in psychotherapy.  It also includes child and adolescent supervision, psychotherapy case conference, psychiatric interviewing, substance abuse for PGY-1 and 2 and advanced psychopharmacology for PGY-3, CBT class, family and child therapy, and advanced psychotherapy for PGY-3 and 4.  PRITE exam review is also a part of didactic time in August and September of each year.    
Residents also attend 8 week cultural psychiatry course with Mary Ann Coates over the span of one year.  Her lecture series is based on interesting and at times famous movies.  The movies are supplemented with reading material and are followed by discussions.  The course is tailored towards the needs of PGY-1, 2, and 3.  

PROCESS GROUP: Our residents attend a weekly resident process group every Friday.  The group is supervised by a none-institutional faculty member to provide a protected space for residents.

CASE CONSULTATION:  PGY-3 residents attend weekly case consultations with Dr. Morris on Wednesday.  This consists of therapy case presentations by residents in a formal setting with process notes, transcribed from the sessions.  PGY 2-3 attend a similar case consultation on Thursdays led by Dr. Micheal Garrett, focusing on CBT psychotic therapy, find more information at the bottom of the page.  

THERAPY SUPERVISION:  All residents are required to carry therapy patients starting in their second year of their training.  Residents are also required to attend their weekly consultations with their therapy supervisors.  Supervisors are assigned at the beginning of the second year of training.  The supervisors are not affiliated with the program and majority of them have psychoanalytical training and well established psychotherapy practices.     

GUEST LECTURES:  Residents have been fortunate to attend one to two day workshops with out of state guest speakers.  Various guest speakers have included Lee Rather of Psychoanalytical Institute of Northern California and Pasqual Pantone of William Alanson Institute of Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis and Psychology in New York City, and Dr. Bruce Liese of University of Kansas to name a few.

CBT TRAINING AND SUPERVISION FOR PSYCHOSIS:  In October 2015, the training program held a two day didactic program with Dr. Michaal Garrett of Suny Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY.  Dr. Garrett focuses on treatment of psychosis with emphasis on therapy, especially CBT in psychosis.  As a result of the training, a few residents with therapy cases started weekly supervision with Dr. Garrett after the didactic program.  The supervision is done via Skype with residents.  Griffin Memorial Hospital's training program is the pilot program for this didactic and supervision model, geared towards training residents in psychotherapy of psychotic patients using CBT technique.  The residents also participated in a workshop with Dr. Garrett, to present the pilot program, at AADPRT in Austin, TX in March of 2016.  For more information on Dr. Garrett's work, please visit his website.


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