During the second year of training, the resident meets with tutors to learn about the methods of inquiry and findings of history and the social sciences, literature and the creative arts, and philosophy and the study of religion that are useful for understanding psychiatry. In the third year the resident selects two courses of studies one in a field of the humanities as applied to topics in psychiatry and a second course which, using one or more of the humanities, is concerned with the relationship between psychiatry and another institution, e.g., education, government, law, and medicine with which psychiatry is identified, or closely associated.
These two courses of studies are selected and designed in relation to the major work of the fourth year. That project should advance the preparation and presentation to the professional and scholarly community of an original paper, performance, or exhibition. This work should advance our understanding of psychiatry. In the service of this work and by the end of the third year, the resident will identify a director of studies and a small faculty committee who will review and approve the residents plan for the project to be completed in the fourth year.
The Department and the faculty expect that residents choosing this track are "self starters" who desire to expand and apply their liberal education by learning how to bring the resources of the humanities to bear on particular topics and issues in psychiatry. Through relations with faculty tutors, study, and completion of a creative project in the fourth year of the residency, this track offers the resident an opportunity for personal growth, the broadening and deepening of his or her fund of knowledge, the development of research skills, and the attainment of excellence in communicating the concepts, methods, and findings of the humanities. This track may therefore appeal to residents aspiring to be clinicians and members of a learned profession, academic psychiatrists, and leaders both in psychiatry and society.