Director: Colin Stewart, MD
Goals and Objectives:
By the end of the clerkship, students will be able to do:
- Conduct a thorough diagnostics interview of medical patients that includes developmental, social, psychiatric, and family history, a complete mental status examination, including cognitive examination and demonstrate the ability to establish rapport with the patient and obtain this data in an empathetic and respectful, but efficient manner.
- Recognize, screen for, and assess the signs and symptoms of major psychiatric disorders and demonstrate the ability to formulate this information into a comprehensive differential diagnosis.
- Define and describe the epidemiology, natural history, symptomatology, and treatments of psychiatric disorders commonly seen in general medical and surgical patients.
- List the medical disorders and substances that contribute to psychiatric symptomatology.
- Describe the psychological impact of medical illness on patients and their families.
- Define and describe patients' personalities and coping styles and demonstrate understanding of how these impact medical illnesses.
- Demonstrate the ability to assess the potential for suicide and propose an appropriate plan of action.
- Demonstrate the ability to distinguish potential substance abuse problems and propose a treatment plan based on data obtained.
- Distinguish and describe the major categories of medications used in psychiatry, including mechanisms of action, major side effects, and appropriate uses.
- Identify and rate the indications for treatment in specific settings including outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient treatment.
- Describe how and when to make a referral to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional.