Didactic Experiences

At Fulton State Hospital, our PGY-2 Psychiatric Residency Program is dedicated to a multimodal education approach. Our thorough didactic curriculum complements the clinical experiences that create the foundation of our training. Residents will find that this program prepares them for practice and passing the Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacy (BCPP) examination.

The resident is expected give four formal offsite lectures throughout the residency year. Two of these lectures will be given to PGY1-4 psychiatry residents at MUPC and the other two lectures will be given to pharmacists and psychology interns at Harry S. Truman VA Hospital.

The resident will facilitate weekly pharmacist & nurse practitioner study groups. The resident presents assigned chapters from the AAPP Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review Book and facilitates interactive discussions to engage learners and enhance their learning experience. Prior to each study group session, preceptors lead a one-hour BCPP topic discussion on the same subject. This approach enables preceptors to pinpoint areas for improvement, offer clinical insights, and highlight specific study group focus areas for the resident.

The resident will also have the opportunity to act as an instructor under the supervision of the Residency Program Director (RPD) in the Psychology Doctoral Internship Program. The primary preceptor/resident will provide weekly psychopharmacology lectures to psychology interns using material from the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences (AATBS) Exam Preparation book, volume IV, covering physiological psychology and psychopharmacology. The resident will use this book to develop a weekly lecture schedule for psychology interns to prepare them to take their Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) licensing examination.

In addition, the resident will have ample opportunity to enhance their didactic and clinical teaching skills through participation of weekly psychopharmacology lectures and consultation discussions focused on the educational needs of pharmacy and medical students, psychiatry residents, forensic psychiatry fellows, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. As an additional opportunity for professional development, the resident will also have the opportunity to serve as a co-preceptor for pharmacy students. The preceptor will facilitate the resident’s growth and self-awareness by observing his/her preparation, interactions, and overall performance during this experience.

Upon request, additional presentations may include in-services to nursing and other departments, as well as MUEs and other projects to the Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committee and at the General Medical Staff Meeting.

At the beginning of the residency, the resident will not be expected to bear the responsibility of all the aforementioned didactic activities. However, the resident is expected to gradually take on more responsibilities based on their comfort level and progression throughout the residency. We understand that each resident is unique and requires a customized development plan focused on accomplishing the specific goals of each resident.