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Summary of Didactic Activities, PGY I through PGY IV

HSS maintains a strong commitment to academically based seminar teaching by senior faculty to complement individual and group clinical supervision. We have protected didactic time each Wednesday, when residents gather to study the art and science of psychiatry.

Our didactic day starts at 8:00 am with an all-resident’ meeting.Residents then meet with their PGY cohort for a series of seminars that cover the core scientific underpinnings of biological, psychological, and social aspects of human behavior and its disorders.

Additionally, several all-PGY activities such as Grand Rounds, meetings with Chief Residents and Training Directors, and resident retreats take place on Wednesdays. Several special academic days throughout the year also provide the opportunity for HSS residents and faculty to get together with residents and faculty from other Harvard Medical School psychiatry residencies. The major course offerings and special events are summarized below.

All PGY Conferences


  • Training Director’s Meeting
  • From Synapses to Systems
  • Leadership in Complex Healthcare Systems
  • Board Review Course
  • Morbidity and Mortality Conference

Twice Monthly Grand Rounds

Annually (All Harvard Medical School Psychiatry Residents)

  • Harvard Education Day
  • Harvard Psychiatry Research Day

Major PGY-I Courses

  • Eat, Sleep, Exercise
  • Diversity, Culture, and Spirituality
  • Introduction to Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Introduction to Psychotherapy Skills
  • Introduction to Emergency Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychology
  • Professionalism
  • Psychiatric Diagnosis and Interviewing
  • Psychopathology
  • Substance Use and Disorders
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Major PGY-II Courses

  • Child Psychiatry
  • Ethics
  • Psychotherapy Skills
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Research Methodology and Journal Club

Major PGY-III Courses

  • Cognitive Behaviorial Therapy: Introduction, Training, & Supervision
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Introduction, Training, & Supervision
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy: Introduction, Training, & Supervision
  • Motivational Interviewing: Introduction, Training, & Supervision
  • Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • History of Psychiatry
  • Human Development
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Human Sexuality

Major PGY-IV Courses

  • Advanced Topics in Psychotherapy
  • Transition to Practice
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Residents as Teachers
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Forensics
  • Mental Health Leadership Seminar