Curriculum and Didactics

We believe the source of our residents' strong clinical capabilities is the extensive clinical experience they receive on rotation through the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine program at MetroHealth Medical Center. All requirements of the residency review committee of the ACGME and American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology are met or exceeded.

The links below provide an overview of our Psychiatry training program: 

Psychiatry resident didactics schedule includes a four-hour slot for major didactics that is offered each week on Wednesdays from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Additional sessions are at times offered during a noon hour on Wednesdays.

Schedule for the Educational Day for Residents

In-Person and Remote Learning via WebEx

  • 12 – 1 pm: Grand Rounds
  • 1 – 2 pm: Psychotherapy
  • 2 – 4 pm: Educational Module
    • July – September: Psychopharmacology, Neurology, PRITE review
    • October – December: CL Psychiatry, ED psychiatry, Addiction
    • January – March: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • April – June: Forensic, Geriatric, Miscellaneous (Biostats, Genetics, Ethics)
  • 4 – 5 pm: Critical Appraisal Club, Chief Resident meeting, Resident Professional Development

Didactics include:

  • Grand Rounds — One to two per month held on Wednesdays 12-1pm 
  • Journal Club — One per month (article topic related to psychiatry) 
  • 6B Chairman’s Rounds- One per month (interesting inpatient case presentations)
  • Outpatient clinical case conference
  • Psychotherapy Lectures —weekly one hour
  • Psychopharmacology Lectures
  • Lectures on various psychiatry related topics including CL Psychiatry, Addiction, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Neurology, Forensic Psychiatry, Inpatient and Outpatient Psychiatry, public mental health, health care disparities and inequalities
  • Resident professional development series
  • Cultural formulation
  • Movie club
  • Quarterly excursions to enhance community experience
  • Poverty simulation
  • Wellbeing activities during Didactics
  • Quarterly Process Group for resident wellbeing being

All our residents and faculty have access to Board Vitals Questions bank for Neurology, PRITE and ABPN boards and Vignettes to help prepare them for PRITE and Boards.

Training Overview


Intern Crash Course

First year residents receive a “Crash Course” in psychiatry that covers essential information including interview skills, mental status exam, documentation, professionalism,  mood disorders, psychotic disorders, dementia/delirium, substance use disorders, intro to psychopharmacology, suicide risk assessments, and ECT.

Clinical Rotations:

  • Five months inpatient psychiatry and one month of psychiatry consult liaison service
  • Four months of medicine: Emergency medicine, Inpatient Family Medicine, Outpatient Family Medicine, Outpatient Internal Medicine
  • Two months Neurology


Clinical Rotations:

  • Five months Psychiatry Consult Liaison Service
  • Two months Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Two months ED Psychiatry
  • One month Forensic Psychiatry
  • One month Chemical Dependency
  • One month Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Night Float


Clinical Rotations:

  • 12 months Outpatient Psychiatry: Adult Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Night Float
  • Research Time


Clinical Rotations:

  • Six months Senior Resident/Junior Attending: Inpatient Psychiatry Unit, Psychiatry CL Service, Addiction Psychiatry
  • Six Months Psychiatry Electives
  • Psychotherapy Clinics
  • Longitudinal Psychopharmacology Clinic
  • Chief/Research Time