Education and Conferences

Didactic time is protected and averages one half day per week. Our didactics follow a five week schedule, and while some occur every week, others rotate in and out.

Core Curriculum


Core Curriculum consists of two weekly one-hour conferences. Broadly, topics include pharmacology, pathology, psychotherapies, and consultation which are held on a rotating two year schedule. View a sample of the syllabus for introductory seminars.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Journal Club

Tuesdays from 4 to 5 pm (occurs on weeks two and four of the five week schedule)

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Journal Club is a twice monthly resident-led presentation of either a current journal article or a seminal paper for review and discussion to the other residents and faculty. With a faculty member as a 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 while reading published articles.

Research in the Clinical Setting

Thursdays from 1 to 2:15 pm

dr kijewski presenting a lecture to residents

Research in the Clinical Setting is a once-weekly seminar exposing residents to the core literature and fostering an appreciation for the importance and manner in which to incorporate and apply research into clinical practice. It is composed of four topic areas:

  • AACAP Practice Parameters
  • Landmark Study Review
  • Case Study
  • Review of Evidence Based Therapy/Orange Journal

Psychotherapy Supervision

Tuesdays from 1 to 2 pm (individual occurs on weeks one and three of the five week schedule; group occurs on weeks two and four of the five week schedule)

Psychotherapy Supervision has residents participating in a one hour individual or group supervision for psychotherapy patients on alternating weeks. Individual supervisors are assigned each year.

Grand Rounds

Tuesdays from 11 am to noon

Grand Rounds is a weekly session presented by University of Iowa faculty or well known speakers from around the country. Focusing on clinical updates in the field of psychiatry, patients are sometimes interviewed during the presentation. Examples of topics include genetics of substance abuse, issues in forensic psychiatry, psychiatric effects of brain stimulation, optimal management of schizophrenia, working with sexual or gender minority youth, eating disorders, telepsychiatry, parent-child interaction therapy, mentalization, and autism spectrum disorders.

Psychiatry Research Seminar

Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Psychiatry Research Seminar is a weekly seminar where faculty members from the Department of Psychiatry, clinical researchers, and distinguished visiting scientists present their current research or topics of special interest. Not only does this seminar help residents and faculty stay abreast of new findings, it also provides residents with an introduction to research methodology.