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Psychiatry Residency Program Didactics

Throughout the residency program, residents have protected time set aside half a day per week for didactics.

Seattle, PGY-1 and PGY-2

Residents participate in the same didactics as the residents in the Seattle program. These include:

  • “Survival” didactics (e.g. The Psychiatric Interview, Surviving Call, Working with an Inpatient Team, Introduction to Psychopharmacology)
  • The diagnosis and treatment of the major psychiatric disorders, lectures covering systems issues (e.g. Working with Interpreters, Involuntary Treatment)
  • The core psychotherapy didactics and seminars (Introduction to Psychotherapy, Learning Theory, Psychodynamic Theory, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy). A more detailed description of the didactics in Seattle.

Billings, PGY-3 and PGY-4

Residents have a two-year cycle of didactics, so that all six residents are together in a small, interactive seminar format. The didactics cycle includes:

  • The same topics covered in PGY-3 and PGY-4 didactics in Seattle.
  • There is a special emphasis on didactics related to integrated behavioral health, telepsychiatry, trauma-informed care, and leadership.

Didactics are taught by Montana-based faculty, as well as by guest lecturers from the University of Washington. Some joint didactics with Internal Medicine residents are available, in addition to weekly Project ECHO didactics. A more detailed description of the didactics.