Didactic Schedule

Psychiatry residents' didactic times occur in a small group format, augmented with readings and multimedia content, that allows each class to build upon the knowledge gained as they progress through the curriculum. Self-assessment tools are used to enhance the learning experience throughout the four years of training.

In addition, residents receive regular presentations from community-based programs regarding the innovative services available in Riverside County, including peer support, family advocate and parent support programs.

The didactic times are protected from clinical duties and are supplemented with journal club and grand rounds.


“Becoming a Psychiatrist” – a summer course offered July through September.

First-year residents take a comprehensive and intensive “crash” course in psychiatry. The course covers essential information that residents need to know in order to treat patients on inpatient wards using emergency treatment modalities, under supervision by attending psychiatrists.

Wednesday afternoons are protected academic time. The afternoon session includes seminars on topics ranging from the psychiatric interview, psychopharmacology, and psychopathology.


Second-year residents attend an afternoon seminar series. Additional topics include:

Pharmacology II

Introduction to Psychiatric Diagnosis and Treatment, Marital and Family Therapy

Society, Culture and Gender

Human Development, Human Sexuality

Eating Disorders

Psychotherapy - Part I

Forensic Psychiatry

Psychological Testing

Advanced Psychopathology

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Seminar

Neuroscience and Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry Seminar


Third-year residents attend seminars, conferences or rounds five days a week. This comprehensive series includes:

Psychotherapy Part II

Psychotherapy Workshop and Fundamentals of Group Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Advanced Psychopharmacology

Geriatric Psychiatry

Biological Psychiatry


Fourth-year residents attend advanced level seminars associated with their electives.

Senior residents are also invited to participate with department faculty in advanced psychopharmacology seminars, journal clubs and case conferences. Each year, senior residents contribute to their seminars based on the recognized needs and unique interests of each class.