Didactics

PGY-1 and PGY-2

Residents receive a half day of protected time per week for didactics during the first two years of training. Didactics are structured to build a firm psychiatric foundation, with topics including “survival series” (psychiatric interview, surviving call, working on an inpatient team, psychopharmacology, emergency psychiatry), the diagnosis and treatment of major psychiatric disorders, systems issues (involuntary treatment, working with interpreters), and core psychotherapy didactics and seminars (introduction to psychotherapy, psychodynamic theory and psychotherapy, supportive psychotherapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy).

PGY-3 and PGY-4

Residents receive a full day of protected time per week for didactics. R3s and R4s receive didactics together in a small-group, interactive seminar format. The didactic schedule covers the same topics, rotated in a two-year cycle to ensure each resident is exposed to the entire R3/R4 curriculum. There is special emphasis on outpatient psychiatry, consult-liaison psychiatry, the medicine-psychiatry interface, and working within the community and society. Didactics are primarily taught by Boise faculty, with guest lecturers from the University of Washington in Seattle and from grand rounds presenters. There are monthly Psychiatry Grand Rounds that rotate between the three major hospitals in Boise, and providers within the community are invited to attend.