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Psychiatry Conferences


Didactics for All Psychiatry Residents

Grand Rounds

  • Who: Residents and faculty
  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to noon

Description: Distinguished visitors or departmental faculty members present interesting and challenging patients, or discuss topics of special interest. When a case is presented, the patient's history is reviewed, which is followed by an interview. Relevant literature, including the natural history and current treatment of the disorder, is presented, reviewed, and discussed.

Journal Club

  • Who: Residents
  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Tuesdays, twice a month, 12:10 to 1 p.m.

Description: In this twice monthly seminar, a resident presents a current journal article for review and discussion. With a faculty member serving as facilitator, the methods and design of the study, as well as the results and conclusions are discussed. In addition to helping residents remain well-informed on current research topics, the seminar encourages critical thinking about current literature.


  • Who: Residents
  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Thursdays, 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Description: Faculty members and clinical psychopharmacologists provide up-to-date information on psychotropic medications and their use. The lectures review the neurochemistry, efficacy, side effects, contraindications, drug interactions, and long term effects of drugs. Additional topics include acute and maintenance treatment of the major disorders, considerations for pediatric and geriatric populations, treatment of refractory cases, management of drug-induced illnesses and side effects, and treatment of drug overdose and withdrawal.

Chair Rounds

  • Who: Residents
  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Thursdays, twice a month, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Description: Each week a resident presents a detailed case summary to a rotating faculty member. After the presentation, the patient is interviewed by the faculty member. Following the patient interview, the faculty member leads a discussion in which residents are encouraged to comment on an aspect of the case.

Didactics for First and Second Year Psychiatry Residents


  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m. 

Description: The history of psychotherapy, interview methods, and types of psychotherapy are discussed by faculty members. Topics include discussions on Freud, the Neofreudians, Mahler, and Erikson in addition to introductions to motivational interviewing, group therapy, and evidence-based psychotherapies. Practical applications include the therapist-patient alliance, transference, countertransference, resistance, strategies for change, and termination. The purpose of this series is to provide junior residents with a solid basis with which to base their supervised psychotherapy experience in their third and fourth years. 

General Psychiatry Lectures

  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Fridays, 1 to 1:45 p.m. 

Description: Faculty members lecture on the psychopathology of major psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, eating disorders, and personality disorders. The series also provides an introduction to the mental status examination, psychiatric emergencies, psychological testing, commitment procedures, and utilization review.

Didactics for Third and Fourth Year Psychiatry Residents


  • Attendance: Required for third year residents
  • When: Tuesdays, 9 to 10:30 a.m. 

Description: A seminar series presenting both the theoretical basis, as well as the practical aspects of various psychotherapy schools, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Supportive Therapy, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Psychodynamic Therapy. Practical applications include therapies that are illness and psychosocial-situation specific. This lecture series is required for third year residents who are excused from clinic, although all residents are welcome.

General Psychiatry Lectures

  • Attendance: Required
  • When: Tuesdays, 8 to 8:45 a.m. 

Description: Comprehensive didactic series covering general topics on psychiatry. This includes lectures on psychosomatics (including transplant, HIV, hepatitis C, psychiatric oncology, and psychiatric manifestations of neurologic disorders), geriatric psychiatry, theories of personality development, forensic psychiatry, eating disorders, gender differences in psychiatry, neuropsychology, substance abuse, sexual disorders, career options, and many other topics.

Clinical Care Conference

  • Attendance: Required for 3rd year residents
  • When: Mondays, 12:15 to 1 p.m.

Description: A weekly case conference for residents who are in the outpatient clinic to discuss a case that the presenting resident finds to be interesting or challenging. The conferences are attended by the clinic residents as well as clinic faculty. Conferences are also occasionally attended by specialty faculty in the department depending on the case that is being presented.

Other Didactics

Clinical Skills Exams

All psychiatry residents have biannual clinical skills exams with an assigned faculty member. This involves interviewing a patient unknown to the resident and then presenting the case to the faculty member, including all relevant history, discussing case formulation, differential diagnosis and treatment plans.

Psychotherapy Supervision

Third and fourth year residents are required to meet regularly with their assigned psychotherapist (one hour per week) to discuss ongoing therapy patients and their treatment. 


All residents are encouraged to attend annual psychiatry conferences that take place throughout the United States. These include, but are not limited to, conferences held by the American Psychiatric Association, Iowa Psychiatric Society, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, and American Neuropsychiatric Association and conferences sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

In addition to conferences, residents are encouraged to attend psychotherapy workshops including training events sponsored by the Iowa Psychotherapy Training Institute at the University of Iowa. These events have new topics annually and include training in interpersonal psychotherapy, motivational interviewing, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Residents are given five excused educational days each year to attend educational events related to psychiatry.