Didactic Curriculum

In the UCLA-Olive View Psychiatry Residency Training Program, didactic courses are meticulously designed to complement clinical training throughout all four years of residency. PGY-1 courses introduce residents to core topics in psychiatry, including introductions to psychotherapy, diagnostic evaluations, pharmacotherapy for the inpatient and emergency settings. Courses in the PGY-2 year and beyond parallel the residents’ outpatient therapeutic experiences and augment the breadth of training. PGY-3 residents are introduced to various subspecialty areas of training, including research methodology, child psychiatry, and substance use disorders. The PGY-4 curriculum is notable for its emphasis on exploring professional opportunities and transitioning from being a psychiatrist-in-training to an independent physician.

The program utilizes various measures to monitor and support the progress of housestaff and the training experience. Direct observation of work with patients and performance in seminars is combined with a review of the written clinical record. All residents take the Psychiatric Resident-in-Training Examination (PRITE) yearly as a measure of their knowledge compared to their peers nationwide. From the PGY-1 year onward, clinical skills exams follow the format as required by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. These exams are designed to encourage competence in clinical assessment, differential diagnosis, case formulation, and treatment plan. Residents also maintain a log of psychotherapy cases to ensure a balanced mix of clinical experience across diagnostic categories and utilization of a variety of therapeutic modalities.

Specific courses include:


  • Emergency and Inpatient Psychopharmacology
  • Intro Neuroscience
  • Forensics Issues
  • Phenomenology & the DSM
  • Intro to Psych ER
  • Women’s Health
  • Intro to Addiction
  • Cultural Psychiatry
  • Intro to Evidence-Based Practice
  • Intro to Psychotherapy
  • Intro to Street Psychiatry
  • Interview Skills
  • Intro to Outpatient Psychiatry


  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic Formulation
  • Intro to CBT
  • Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neuropsychiatry
  • Journal Club, History of Psychiatry, Community Psychiatry
  • Outpatient Psychopharmacology
  • Neuro Modulation
  • Group Supervision
  • Introduction to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


  • Advanced Therapeutics and Mood Disorder Clinic
  • Group/Family Therapy
  • OV Special Topics
  • Ethics
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Mentalization-Based Therapy
  • Positive Psychiatry
  • Mood Disorders Case Conference
  • Child Development
  • Therapeutic School of Thought


  • Neuoscience and Neuro Modulation
  • Telepsychiatry
  • Journal Club
  • Private Practice Seminars
  • Ethics
  • Termination Seminars
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