The Residency Philosophy

Astonishing neurobiological developments have transformed our capacity to comprehend and treat mental illness. However, neurobiological advances are no substitute for psychosocial insights into human behavior and mental illness. Our aim is for true psychological and biological integration - a backbone of psychodynamic theory and evidence-based psychotherapies integrated with psychopharmacology and a foundation of neurobiological understanding. Our task is to weave these disparate threads into a durable fabric, preparing future psychiatrists for a lifetime of growth in psychiatry whether in private practice, clinical service, administration or research.

We accomplish our aims in four ways

  • First, the resident must understand how the individual experiences the world and functions within it. This understanding must derive its roots from the behavioral, psychological, and social sciences.
  • In addition, each must become an expert in communication in order to understand and intervene in stress and distress.
  • Mastery of different treatment techniques is critical in this effort.
  • Finally, gaps in our current knowledge must be understood and respected.
Residency announcement board.

We accomplish our goals through an emphasis on clinical experience. The safety and intimacy of the therapeutic relationship offer the ideal context for understanding despair, irrationality, and madness. In-depth experiences are complemented by at least three hours of intensive individual supervision per week throughout residency training.

Clinical Experiences

Clinical experience is enhanced and informed by the departments extensive academic and didactic programs. Neither the department nor the residency program is committed to any single theoretical system. Yet we reject uncritical eclecticism which implies equal validity of all theories.

Within the psychological sphere, psychodynamic theories, especially psychoanalytically oriented theories, provide the backbone for the teaching curriculum as well as for understanding patients.

This backbone is fleshed out with teaching on the more focused therapies such as:

  • Cognitive-behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprogramming
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapy and Group Therapy

The biological sphere is well represented with expertise and teaching in psychopharmacology, consultation-liaison psychiatry and electroconvulsive therapy. Ample elective time allows residents individualized learning experiences in these and other clinical and research areas.

Finally, the department emphasizes close working relationships between house staff and faculty.In this department, education is more than simple training.We firmly believe in an open and honest exchange of ideas between student and teacher and enthusiastically support this relationship of mutual respect.