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Psychiatry Clerkship Objectives

  Medical Knowledge


To demonstrate knowledge of psychiatry and the ability to apply this knowledge in compiling an appropriate differential diagnosis, making a diagnosis, and proposing treatment options




  • To discuss clinical issues associated with the differential diagnosis, diagnosis, and treatment options (Pharmacological and non-pharmacological) for psychiatric illnesses


  • To explain the process of various psychiatric clinical assessments: Suicide Risk Assessment, Homicide Risk Assessment, Informed Consent,  Involuntary Hospitalization



  • To describe a Mental Status Exam

Patient Care


To work as part of a treatment team in the care of patients with psychiatric illnesses.


  • Interviewing patients:


To perform a diagnostic evaluation/risk assessment to determine the need for in-patient admission or out-patient treatment;                                                            To (re)-assess as part of the initial in-patient History and Physical;                        To do a complete history including substance history, social history;                          To monitor patientís progress during in-patient or out-patient treatment;                  To assess patientís ability to give informed consent;                                               To perform a Mental Status Exam and a Mini-Mental Status Exam




  • Documenting patient interviews and patient care:



Diagnostic evaluations/risk assessment in the ER, out-patient, or other clinical settings          In-patient History & Physicals;                                                                                                 In-patient daily notes to monitor the patientís status and the ongoing treatment plan           Out-patient notes to monitor the patientís status and the ongoing treatment plan       Assessment of informed consent situations


  • Organizing Clinical Work


To contribute to the optimal efficiency of the treatment team in coordinating and carrying out the treatment plan


Interpersonal & Communication Skills


 To communicate clinical information clearly:


  • To present interview findings to the treatment team; this includes the initial diagnostic evaluation or follow up interviews of patients


  • To participate in the psychoeducation of patients and their families regarding pertinent clinical issues


  Practice Based Learning & Lifelong Learning/Improvement


To demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement in knowledge and clinical skills


  • To show evidence of reading, researching, critically reviewing scientific evidence, and learning about issues relevant to the care of individual patients, specific clinical issues, or a broad clinical issue not covered in a formal didactic session.


  • To organize and present a topic with appropriate supporting visual materials


  • To use information technology to access and manage clinical information and perform on-line searches to support ongoing, self-directed learning




To demonstrate awareness of ongoing professionalism issues that occur in the everyday practice of medicine.  This includes:


  • To recognize and practice communication and behaviors that fosters and rewards the patients trust in the physician.  This includes: appropriate dress & grooming, compassion, conscientiousness, reliability, considerateness, punctuality, honesty, and respect for patients confidentiality.



  • To recognize and practice appropriate communication and behaviors when interacting with peers, residents, faculty, and non-physician staff.


  • To recognize and accept oneís own limitations in knowledge and clinical skills


Systems Based Practice Social and Community Context of Healthcare


To demonstrate an ability to effectively call on health care system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.


  • To identify considerations of cost awareness for psychiatric treatment


  • To understand the challenges in providing adequate medical/psychiatric care for psychiatric patients and work to coordinate care for psychiatric patients within the health care system

  • To identify ways to enhance the quality of patient care.

  • To identify ways to advocate for quality patient care and for optimal patient care Systems


  • To participate in identifying system errors and implementing potential system solutions








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Please send questions or comments to: Amy Andel
Updated: 10/19/2012 ... Created: 05/02/00