Curriculum: Residency Program
The first year of the psychiatry residency program focuses upon the transition from medical student to resident physician. Six months of the year are devoted to honing skill and understanding the basic primary care and neurology services. The other six months focus on the inpatient experience in psychiatry with a focus on differential diagnosis and the initiation of appropriate treatment for severe mental illness. Didactics in this year reflect basic psychiatric knowledge, diagnosis, and treatment.
The second year of the residency begins the exploration of the psychiatric subspecialties. Rotations specific to geriatric psychiatric, substance abuse psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, consult and liaison psychiatry, and emergency psychiatry allow the resident to explore growing interests in the field and gain expertise in these populations and settings. Didactics in this year focus on the subspecialties in addition to ethics, history, and forensic issues.
The third year of the program demonstrates the transition to greater independence with ongoing supervision in the transition to the outpatient level of care. Residents also exponentially improve their skills in psychotherapy based treatment for patients. The year-long experience provides continuity of care for a select group of patients with a balance between psychopharmacological management and psychotherapy based visits. Didactics in this year include depth modules in each of the major psychotherapeutic schools and advanced psychopharmacology.
The fourth year of the psychiatry residency allows the resident to take leadership roles and explore any of the facets of psychiatric practice in the Las Vegas community with a wide variety of elective experiences. Junior attending roles are also available as are chief resident positions. Didactics in this final year move to “honors” topics which include hypnosis, spirituality, advanced forensic topics, sex therapy, administrative psychiatry, and courses designed to aid the resident in moving to private practice or other practice models.
Curriculum: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
The Child and Adolescent Fellowship didactic series formally occurs in a classroom setting during protected time one day per week. In addition, our program is created to instill in the trainee a desire for lifelong self-directed learning, in accordance with the expectations set forth by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Fellows have online access to the Health Science Library of UNLV as well as online access to textbooks and the DSM-5.
Our formal didactics are taught by a combination of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, psychologists, Master’s-prepared therapists and guests from the community, such as the leader of our school district’s psychological services, a family court judge, and an education advocacy attorney. Psychopathology, psychopharmacology and treatment interventions are taught and discussed in interactive case discussions, which also include readings and discussion of seminal studies within the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Fellows present cases during our case-consultation series, and co-facilitate journal club with the assistance of our research faculty.
In addition to our didactic series, fellows are expected to accomplish a scholarly project prior to graduation. Fellows have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty to complete their projects. In the past, fellows have co-presented symposia at the annual AACAP meeting in conjunction with faculty, have published book reviews with faculty, and have presented scientific posters at local meetings. Fellows also complete Quality Improvement (QI) projects prior to graduation, and receive a three-part lecture series on the history and purpose of QI initiatives within the field of medicine.