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Psychiatry Residency Conferences

Baystate Medical Center and the Department of Psychiatry provide a wide range of seminars to support your education and development.


To ease your entry into residency training at Baystate, the institution provides a one day orientation.  The department of Psychiatry will also provide orientation to the department, and your role as a resident, to get you off to a solid start.

Common Core Competencies

The Graduate Medical Education Committee has developed a lecture series to collaboratively address core competencies common to all residencies.  These BRASS lectures include evidence-based medicine, professional and ethics, career planning, patient safety and medical errors, understanding the health care system, and teaching skills.  Psychiatry residents will attend these six conferences with residents from other disciplines over the course of the year.

Teaching Conferences

Psychiatry residents will have one half-day of protected time weekly to participate in the core Psychiatry curriculum.  Core topics include assessment, diagnosis, human development, child and geriatric psychiatry, psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, ethics, forensic psychiatry, research methods, and transition to practice, among others.  Case conferences and work rounds with attending physicians provide opportunity for ongoing clinical learning.

Residency Training Meetings

Psychiatry residents will meet once or twice monthly with the training director and education coordinator to review any issues related to the training program. The residents also meet one time monthly as a group by PGY to discuss issues relating to their year of training. We firmly believe that professional growth can only occur in an environment of respect and communication.  Therefore, we want the workings of the residency to be a transparent process in which residents take an active role.

Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds

Monthly grand rounds at Baystate are presented by local or invited experts on important topics in Psychiatry. Recent Grand Rounds topics include:

  • Sex, Gender and Sports:  Stirring Up the Olympics
  • Restoring Function in Children with Complex Chronic Pain
  • Beyond Dissemination of Evidence Based Models:  Improving Practice with Clinical Feedback Systems
  • Reinventing Patient Psychiatry
  • Early Stages of Lyme Disease
  • Assessment and Treatment of ADHD in Pregnancy
  • Psychosis Due to Pernicious Anemia
  • Mental Health Parity
  • Factors Determining the Length of Stay in Psychiatry; A Literature View
  • Delirium in Elderly Population

Journal Club

The department faculty and residents meet monthly to critically review a selected paper.  Residents will improve their analytic skills and discuss current research by active participation and by presenting papers in this forum.  Residents also have a separate, residents only journal club twice a month with a faculty facilitator.  (September - June)

Schwartz Center Rounds

These monthly interdisciplinary rounds funded by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center are dedicated to improving communication between patients and caregivers in order to promote compassionate care.  Cases are presented monthly in a supportive setting to discuss the ethical and emotional aspects of giving and receiving care.  Conferences are attended by clinicians from all disciplines, as well as relevant patients and family members.

Department of Psychiatry CME Conferences

The Department sponsors several CME conferences yearly for the community on important topics in Psychiatry.  Please visit the Continuing Education website for a list of recent conferences.