Didactic Objectives

Psychiatry Clerkship: Reno

  1. Introduction to content of a Psychiatric Evaluation and Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Formulation
  2. Personality Disorders
    1. Understand the phenomenology of the 10 PD disorders.
    2. Understand basic treatment options of medications and appropriate therapies.
  3. Emergency Psychiatry
    1. Be able to assess for acute dystonia, serotonin syndrome, neuroleptic malignant syndrome, suicide and delirium.
    2. Understand appropriate treatments for the above stated conditions.
  4. Anxiety/Anxiolytics
    1. Understand the phenomenology for anxiety disorders.
    2. Understand appropriate treatments for acute and long-term anxiety.
  5. Antipsychotics
    1. Understand the phenomenology for psychotic disorders.
    2. Understand the use of typical and atypical antipsychotics and basic pharmacology.
    3. Understand common AE and more severe AE of their use.
  6. Antidepressants
    1. Understand the different types of antidepressants and their basic pharmacology.
    2. Understand common adverse effects and how to select an antidepressant for particular patients.
  7. Mood Stabilizers
    1. Understand the phenomenology for mood disorders.
    2. Understand the different types of mood stabilizers and their basic pharmacology.
    3. Understand common adverse effects, fetal affects and monitoring parameters.
  8. Child Psychiatry
    1. Introduction to the disorders usually first diagnosed in childhood-mental retardation, learning disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, ADHD, Tic Disorders, separation anxiety disorder and reactive attachment disorder.
    2. Understand basic treatments for the above disorders.
  9. Psychotherapies
    1. Introduction to various psychotherapies—supportive, CBT, interpersonal, group, ACT, behavioral, DBT, dynamic and psychoanalysis.
    2. Understand how to select appropriate psychotherapy for patient's disorder/condition.
  10. Substance Use Disorders
    1. Review of phenomenology of dependence/abuse and intoxication/withdrawal states of alcohol, hypnotics, opiates, stimulants.
    2. Understand medications used to aid in treatment substance dependence.
    3. Understand how to screen for substance-induced disorder vs primary psychiatric disorder through use of a clinical case.
  11. AA-and Other 12-Step programs
    1. Review of screening aids for detecting abuse and dependence.
    2. Introduction to benefit of 12 step programs in aiding in recovery and remission process.
    3. Introduction of 12-step related project.
  12. Dementia
    1. The learner will know the difference among the different types of dementia.
    2. The attendee will have a working knowledge on how to approach patients with dementia in a clinical setting.
    3. Learners will have working knowledge of therapeutic options in patients with Alzheimer's disease.