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 nation-wide. 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:


  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Neuroscience
  • Ethical & Forensics Issues
  • Phenomenology & the DSM
  • PRITE Preparation Course


  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychodynamic Formulation
  • Intro to CBT
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Supervision
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Journal Club
  • Outpatient Psychopharmacology


  • Advanced Therapeutics
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety
  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Child Development
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Culture & Community Psychiatry
  • History of Psychiatry
  • Journal Club
  • Research Methodology


  • Anxiolytic Techniques
  • Telepsychiatry
  • Interpersonal Psychiatry
  • Private Practice Seminars
  • Termination Seminars
  • Additional electives tailored to each resident’s interests
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