The following activities round out our clinical and educational program, and provide some examples of departmental social activities as well:
All Weill Cornell Medicine, Psychiatry residents participate in weekly psychiatric Grand Rounds at both Payne Whitney and the NewYork-Presbyterian/Westchester Division. Residents are invited to lunch with the Grand Rounds speakers and departmental faculty members following their talks.
Clinical Scholars Institute
This novel educational program is aimed to foster career development and improve clinical scholarship among residents. All residents participate in didactics, group mentorship, writing seminars, and career days, as part of a concerted effort to train well-informed academic psychiatrists.
All residents are invited to participate in the scholarly writing seminar, a bi-weekly meeting of senior- and junior-faculty members who meet to discuss ideas and review drafts of manuscripts prepared for possible publication. Since the program's inception six years ago, this seminar has led to over 100 publications in peer-reviewed journals almost half of which have been co-authored by our trainees.
Disorder of the Quarter
This joint educational and quality initiative was developed for faculty and trainees across disciplines to promote evidence based practice and encourage clinicians to reflect on current clinical practices and implement change. This program covers a given major psychiatric disorder over a three month period during which there is education on practice guidelines for the disorder, a medical record review of prevailing treatment practices in the department, and a pre and post program knowledge assessment.
Previous DOQ topics include bipolar disorder, alcohol withdrawal, pediatric OCD, and the metabolic syndrome. this program has measurably improved our clinical practice and enhanced our training and education programs.
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
In this monthly case conference, we identify a case with particular difficulty or adverse outcome, usually related to the Disorder of the Quarter topic. The case is presented by a resident and discussed by a faculty speaker as a lecture, and then by residents and faculty together as a group. The format is collegial, designed to improve our clinical practice and our own experience in caring for some of our most complex patients.
Weekly Resident Lunch
Our department provides a weekly lunch for all residents (and sometimes for hungry faculty members) at which time we discuss issues related to work in our training program, and to the experience of learning to become a physician and psychiatrist. Guests are invited to join to speak about topics that are relevant to our residents' interests and needs.
Invited speakers discuss their career choices in an annual acclaimed half-day meeting for all residents.
Richardson History of Psychiatry Seminar
Medical Student Teaching
Psychiatric residents in all four years of training participate in formal didactic and informal clinical teaching of medical students. Our clerkship is consistently rated one of the favorite clerkships by Weill Cornell medical students, in large part due to the teaching skills of our gifted residents.
These residents attend to the social well-being of house staff and faculty alike, coordinating lunches, happy hours, the famous resident picnic, and our annual resident-faculty holiday show.
In addition to these local activities, our residents are invited to participate in educational activities held throughout our campus and its neighboring institutions. These activities include:
- The Sackler Institute (developmental cognitive neuroscience) study group and Rockefeller University seminar for developmental neurobiology
- Personality disorders service research meeting with Otto F. Kernberg, M.D.
- Specialized case conferences in: family therapy, sleep-wake disorders, human sexuality, neuropsychiatry, forensic psychiatry
- HIV journal club
- Specialized discussion groups in: spirituality, cross-cultural studies
- Biostatistics education program
- Grand rounds in the behavioral sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Scientific meetings of the Association for Psychoanalytic Medicine (Columbia), and the New York Psychoanalytic Institute
- Residents are encouraged to join and participate in local and national activities of the American Psychiatric Association.
- Residents are also encouraged (and often funded) to participate in numerous meetings of national psychiatric organizations.
- Weill Cornell residents present scholarly and clinical work in many of these national meetings each year, and have an extraordinary record of winning fellowships to enhance their participation.