Director: Colin Stewart, MD

Goals and Objectives:

By the end of the clerkship, students will be able to do:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Define and describe the epidemiology, natural history, symptomatology, and treatments of psychiatric disorders commonly seen in general medical and surgical patients.
  4. List the medical disorders and substances that contribute to psychiatric symptomatology.
  5. Describe the psychological impact of medical illness on patients and their families.
  6. Define and describe patients' personalities and coping styles and demonstrate understanding of how these impact medical illnesses.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to assess the potential for suicide and propose an appropriate plan of action.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to distinguish potential substance abuse problems and propose a treatment plan based on data obtained.
  9. Distinguish and describe the major categories of medications used in psychiatry, including mechanisms of action, major side effects, and appropriate uses.
  10. Identify and rate the indications for treatment in specific settings including outpatient, partial hospitalization, and inpatient treatment.
  11. Describe how and when to make a referral to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional.