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Didactic Curriculum

A diverse, comprehensive curriculum occurs throughout a resident’s four years of training.

While curriculum scheduling is less intense in the first year, residents do participate in an introductory summer curriculum of 10-12 sessions. These lectures focus on developing basic diagnostic and treatment skills. Residents participate in lectures throughout the first year when assigned to all services with the exception of Neurology. While rotating through Neurology, residents attend curriculum at those sites. In addition to the psychiatry residency's scheduled didactics, the residents benefit from didactic sessions and noon conferences during their Internal Medicine service.

During their first through third years, residents receive instruction in psychopathology, basic and advanced psychopharmacology, various psychotherapies and community and forensic psychiatry. Residents also participate in lectures on substance abuse, child and adolescent and geriatric psychiatry. During this period, residents attend a research seminar and learn to design their own research projects.

In their fourth year of training, residents participate in seminars focusing on advanced psychopharmacology, neuropsychiatry, ethics and ongoing journal club.

Throughout the second through fourth year of training, residents participate in ongoing departmental grand rounds, often given by nationally recognized speakers.

RWJ Psychiatry Fantasy Football League
The Robert Wood Johnson Fantasy Football League started in 2007 as a Novel Project in Student Education (NPSE) in the Department of Psychiatry at Rutbers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The NPSE was built on the ACGME Core Competencies including practice-based learning and improvement: facilitation of medical student learning and education. To visit the website, click here.

List of Seminars:

  • Intensive Introductory Curriculum
    Primary Care Psychiatry
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Theory
  • Psychodynamic Formulation
  • How to Design a Research Project
  • Cultural Psychiatry
  • Common Neurological Syndromes
  • Substance Abuse
  • Psychopathology
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Research Curriculum
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Social & Community Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Introduction to Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Journal Club
  • Child Life Development
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Child Continuous Case Conference
  • Psychiatry/Psychology Interdisciplinary Conference
  • Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy
  • Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy