Didactic Curriculum

UCSF emphasizes innovation and creativity, and the Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program continues to evolve to best prepare residents to become expert clinicians and leaders in the field. The program provides broad exposure to a diversity of patients, modalities, therapies, and environments, while also stressing longitudinal relationships through communities of patients and teaching of fellow residents.

In order to train future leaders, UCSF has developed a didactic curriculum that supports residents to develop expertise in many domains. The didactic curriculum complements and expands upon the clinical curriculum to prepare residents for leadership in many roles including those of clinician, consultant, service innovator, team leader, educator, scholar, and specialist.

Didactics include a centralized curriculum, where each class meets at our Pritzker Building location on Wednesday afternoons in protected time, as well as site-based didactic series at each training site. In addition, multiple times throughout the year, combined educational events are held with all four classes of trainees together to facilitate cross-class learning and teaching.

Here are a few examples of courses in the centralized didactic curriculum:

  • Longitudinal: Scholarship; Advanced Neuroscience; Advocacy and Structural Competency; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Psychotherapies
  • PGY-1: Acute Hospitalization; Diagnosis; Psychiatric Interview
  • PGY-2: Outpatient Interventions; Clinical Neuropsychiatry; Interventional Psychiatry
  • PGY-3: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Integrated Care; Forensic Psychiatry
  • PGY-4: Leadership; Career Development; History of Psychiatry

Here is the current PGY-1 centralized didactics schedule as an example of what a year looks like:

PGY-1 didactic timeline

UCSF recognizes the importance of alternatives to classroom-based learning, and dedicated professional development time is also allocated for learning through independent readings, research, online learning, and project/problem-based learning.