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Seminars and Conferences

  1. Emergency (CPEP) Psychiatry

    • Required (PGY 1, PGY 2)
    • Contact: Dr. Lucian Manu
    • Survey of theory and practice of emergency psychiatry including triage, assessment for admission, management of violence, suicide, family crises. Common psychiatric emergencies are reviewed: child abuse, domestic violence, panic attacks, acute psychoses, suicidal crises, homicidal crises, medication reactions, alcohol and drug intoxications and withdrawals, behavioral crises due to dementia, grief reactions, psychiatric presentations of medical conditions, medication side effects and toxicity, etc. Interactions with non-psychiatric hospital services as well as community services are reviewed. The multi-ethnic nature of the patient population seen in CPEP is addressed.
  2. PRITE Review

    • Required (PGY1 – PGY4)
    • Contact: Chief Residents
    • Review of psychiatry and neurology based upon previous PRITE questions. Topics relevant to the PRITE exam are covered: human growth and development, adult psychopathology, emergency psychiatry, behavioral science and social psychiatry, psychosocial therapies, somatic treatment methods, patient evaluation and treatment selection, consultation-liaison psychiatry, child psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and forensic psychiatry. Residents prepared detailed analyses of previous year's PRITE questions.
  3. Teaching Psychiatry to Non-Psychiatrists

    • Required, PG Y 1 & 2
    • Contact: Dr. Adeeb Yacoub
    • Dr. Yacoub reviews basic considerations for residents who will be teaching medical students and non-psychiatric residents.
  4. Basic Psychopathology

    • Required (PGY1 -  PGY2)
    • Contact: Dr. Constantine Ioannou
    • Survey of range of human psychopathology including known biology, psychology, clinical manifestations, and standard treatments. Topics include: clinical evaluation, classification treatment and prevention of psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia and psychoses, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, addiction psychiatry, dementia and delirium, personality disorders, human sexuality and its disorders, impulse control disorders, somatoform disorders, eating disorders, gender identity disorders, dissociative disorders, factitious disorders, topics in child psychiatry, and sleep disorders. Theories of causality (biological and psychological), and history of the conceptualization of the disorders are discussed as well as clinical manifestations of the disorders. Sadock & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry as well as assigned readings are used as a text/guide to the seminar series.
  5. Basic Psychopharmacology

    • Required (PGY1 – PGY 2)
    • Contact : Dr. Eduardo Constantino
    • Survey of range of psychopharmacologic agents. Topics include: general principles, traditional antipsychotics, clozapine, second generation antipsychotics, traditional antidepressants, second generation antidepressants, drugs for dementia, drugs for substance abuse, ECT, augmentation strategies, and drugs during pregnancy. The history of psychopharmacology as relevant to each topic is covered. The neuropharmacologic basis for action of each drug is reviewed. Indications for medications, contraindications for medications and drug interactions are reviewed. Sadock & Sadock's Synopsis of Psychiatry and the ASCP Model Psychopharmacology Curriculum are used as texts/guides to the seminar series.
  6. Introduction to the Psychotherapies

    • Required (PGY 1 – PGY 2)
    • Contact: Dr. Harold Pass
    • Survey of the theory and types of psychotherapies. Topics covered include: principles of psychotherapy; couples, family and group psychotherapy; psychodynamic psychotherapy; cognitive behavioral psychotherapy; hypnosis; interpersonal psychotherapy; supportive psychotherapy, combined psychotherapy/psychopharmacology. Sadock and Sadock is the source for required readings.
  7. Introduction to Forensic Psychiatry

    • Required (PGY 1 – 2)
    • Contact: TBD
    • Introduction to basic topics: medical malpractice, national practitioner data bank, privilege and confidentiality, suicide, violence, inpatient and outpatient commitment, informed consent, capacity, competence and criminal responsibility. Sadock and Sadock is the source for required readings.
  8. Introduction to Geriatric Psychiatry

    • Required (PGY 1 – 2)
    • Contact: Dr.Lory Bright-Long
    • Introduction to basic topics: Dementia, depression and psychosis, capacity, nursing homes, and elder abuse. Sadock and Sadock is the source for required readings.
  9. Introduction to Psychiatric Ethics

    • Required (PGY 1 – PGY 2)
    • Contact: Dr. Constantine Ioannou
    • Introduction to basic topics: AMA Code of Ethics with Special Annotations, core ethical principles, boundary violations, managed care, fee splitting. Sadock and Sadock is the source for required reading.
  10. Introduction to Psychological Testing

    • Required (PGY 1 – PGY 2)
    • Contact: Dr. Harold Pass
    • Introduction to the concepts and some specifics of psychological testing:  intelligence testing, projective testing, neuropsychological testing, the use of the MMPI-2 and the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory – III. Sadock and Sadock is the source for required readings.
  11. Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry

    • Required (PGY 2, 4)
    • Contact: Dr. Jeisson Fontecha Hernandez
    • This 60 minute weekly seminar covers important topics in Consultation psychiatry and is based on a series of assigned readings. Topics covered are: the assessment of the patient; communication of findings; delirium, dementia; limbic system; frontal lobes; stroke; vascular dementia; use of stimulants; depression in the medically ill; and other topics that Dr. Burke chooses. The assigned readings are discussed in depth
  12. Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Theory & Technique

    • Required (PGY 3)
    • Contact: Dr. Harold Pass
    • In depth review of psychodynamic psychotherapy including integration of these therapies with pharmacologic treatments. These sessions are primarily didactic. There is a separate case seminar (21) that focuses specifically on technique. Residents also receive individual supervision of their therapy cases. Topics covered are: theory and basic principles; patient selection, assessment; and formulation; individual and group therapy; transference and countertransference, ego psychology, object relations, defense mechanisms, conscious and unconscious processes, integrative psychotherapy,  combined medication and psychotherapy.
  13. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: Theory and Technique

    • Required (PGY 3)
    • Contact: Dr. Fred Friedberg & Dr. Mark Lerman
    • In depth review of Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy including integration of these therapies with pharmacologic treatments. These sessions are primarily didactic and are supplemented with a case seminar and individual supervision. Topics covered are theory and basic principles; patient selection, assessment and formulation; individual and group therapy; core beliefs; conditional assumptions, beliefs and rules; compensatory strategies; automatic thoughts; cognitive therapy strategies; behavior therapy strategies; integrative psychotherapy; combined medication and psychotherapy.
  14. Couples & Family Therapy: Theory and Technique

    • Required (PGY 3)
    • Contact: Marlene Gralnick
    • In depth review of couples and family therapy: theories and fundamentals of marital and family relationships, typical marital and family dysfunctions, child and domestic abuse and violence, family systems theory and therapy, structural family therapy, family group therapy, step-families, divorce, cross-cultural family work, fertility problems, alternate life styles, gay and lesbian marriage. Didactic sessions are supplemented with videotapes and live couple/family interviews. These sessions are primarily didactic in focus. Individual supervision is arranged for the resident treating a couple or a family.
  15. Group Psychotherapy: Theory and Technique

    • Required (PGY 3)
    • Contact: Marlene Gralnick
    • In depth review of group therapy. Topics include: history and foundations of group therapy; rationale for group therapy; indications for group therapy; types of groups; selection of patients for group therapy; opening, middle and termination phases; problem patients; transference and countertransference in group therapy. The text used is Group Therapy (Yalom). Residents participate in group supervision (two groups of three residents for one hour each week) of their work as group therapists.
  16. Forensic Psychiatry

    • Required (PGY 3)
    • Contact: Northport VA - Dr. Keith Shebairo
    • Topics in forensic psychiatry presented in a seminar. Format varies between a survey of standard topics and an in depth investigation of a specific topic in forensic psychiatry relevant to general psychiatric practice. Topics generally covered are:  the legal system, confidentiality, documentation, psychiatric malpractice, liability for suicide, the violent patient, capacity, criminal matters: competency, criminal responsibility, release of the NGRI acquittee, sexually violent predator laws, and inpatient and outpatient commitment. Principles and interesting cases are discussed. This seminar is a required prerequisite for formal clinical experience in forensic psychiatry
  17. Grand Rounds

    • Required (PGY 1 – PGY 4)
    • Contact: Dr. Evelyn Bromet
    • Topics in psychiatry related to the latest research studies and findings as well as clinical topics drawn from the clinical experience at Stony Brook. Typical topics (2005 – 2006) have included Cultural Psychiatry (James Thompson, Elizabeth Lunbeck); Schizophrenia (Alan Mendelewicz, John Kane, Donald Goff); Neurological Disorders (Lauren Krupp); Dementia (Constantine Lyketsos, Stephen Roose). In addition to outside speakers, individual Departmental Divisions make presentations often with resident participation. Each Grand Rounds talk is followed by a lunch for the speaker and the residents. Each week a resident is given the assignment to lead a discussion about the speakers work and career.
  18. EBM/Research in Psychiatry

    • Required (PGY1 – PGY 4)
    • Contact: Dr. Evelyn Bromet
    • Topics include: Reviewing a published study, the language of clinical research, longitudinal studies, case-control studies, clinical trials, use of and understanding statistical methods.  Coordinated with Journal Club
  19. Journal Club

    • Required (PGY 1 – PGY 4)
    • Contact: Dr. Constantine Ioannou
    • Residents present articles from the recent peer-reviewed literature. Article selection is tied to one of the six general competencies. Residents are required to utilize the following format: 1) review of the abstract; 2) review of the background to the research and article objectives; 3) review of the study methods; 4) review of ethical issues raised by and addressed in the study; 5) review of the study results; 6) review of the study conclusions; 7) the resident's personal perspective on the study.
  20. Inpatient Case Conference

    • Required (PGY 1, PGY 2)
    • Contact: Drs. Harold Pass, Eduardo Constantino
    • Residents present a challenging patient for review. The resident presents the patient's history and mental status exam. This is followed by a live patient interview by either a resident or the Attending. This is followed by a discussion of the clinical issues.
  21. Outpatient Case Conference

    • Required (PGY 3)
    • Contact: Dr. Marsha Karant
    • Residents present a challenging patient for review. The resident presents the patient's history and mental status exam. This is followed by a live patient interview by either a resident or the Attending. This is followed by a discussion of the clinical issues.
  22. CPEP Chart Review/M&M

    • Required (PGY 1 – PGY 4)
    • Contact: Chief Resident
    • `Review of selected medical records from the CPEP are reviewed with attention paid to coherence, organization, risk assessment and treatment planning. All residents attend. The medical record is projected so that all attendees may read and critique the record
  23. Psychotherapy Case Conference

    • Required (PGY 3)
    • Contact: Dr. Harold Pass
    • Residents present audio- or videotaped recordings of their work with patients for analysis in a group seminar format. Residents are required to discuss the content of the session and the technique of the resident therapist. Specific suggestions are made for the benefit of the resident therapist and his/her patient.
    • Weekly, 60 minutes, September – June
  24. Basic Psychiatric Interviewing

    • Required (PGY 1, PGY 2)
    • Contact: Dr. Harold Pass & Dr. Constantine Ioannou
    • Residents present videotaped recordings of interviews with patients for analysis in a group seminar format. Residents are invited to critique the interview with the guidance of the Attending Psychiatrist. Suggestions are made for improving interviewing technique. The goals of this course are: 1) to learn to engage the patient in a treatment relationship; 2) to learn to elicit clinically relevant data; 3) to begin to utilize the interview as a means for developing a clinical relationship with the patient.
  25. Interviewing for Outpatient Psychiatry

    • Required (PGY 3)
    • Contact: Drs. Harold Pass and Dr. Marsha Karant
    • Residents conduct live interviews to be critiqued in a group seminar setting. Focus is on techniques applicable to outpatient practice
  26. Administrative Psychiatry

    • Elective, PGY 4
    • Contact: Dr. Constantine Ioannou
    • Selective topics in Administrative Psychiatry including managed care, systems of payment for psychiatric care, private practice of psychiatry
  27. Gender Issues in Psychiatry

    • Required (PGY 4)
    • Contact: Dr. Marsha Karant
    • Topics discussed are: male and female psychology, problems of self-esteem, disorders linked to reproductive function, pharmacological issues, abuse of women.
  28. History of Psychiatry

    • Required, PGY 4
    • Contact: Dr. Constantine Ioannou
    • Selected topics in the History of Psychiatry: Biological Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis, ECT, Biological Psychiatry v. Psychological Psychiatry
  29. Psychiatric Ethics

    • Required, PGY 4
    • Contact: Dr. Constantine Ioannou
    • Selected Topics in Psychiatric Ethics culminating in a Grand Rounds presentation on some aspect of Psychiatric Ethics or Forensic Psychiatry.
  30. Cultural Issues in Psychiatry

    • Required (PGY 4)
    • Contact: Dr. Constantine Ioannou
  31. Advanced Topics in Psychiatric Practice

    • Required (PGY 4)
    • Contact: Dr. Constantine Ioannou
    • This seminar focuses on current topics in clinical practice especially as it relates to psychopharmacology. The newsletter, Biological Therapies in Psychiatry and Ivan Goldberg's Psychopharmacology List Serve are used as a guide for selection of topics.