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Department of Psychiatry

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Psychiatry Electives


Students on Anschutz Medical Campus  

PHASE I AND II ELECTIVES

PSYM 6620 Psychiatric Aspects of Great Literature Fall and Spr sems. 2.0 cr. Max: 15/Min: 4

Course Directors, Robert Davies, MD/Abby Snavely, MD, 303‐724‐2229. Course Coordinator, Sharon Campbell, 303‐724‐7400 Sharon.campbell@ucdenver.edu. (This is a two semester course; students enrolled for fall semester will automatically be registered for spring semester . Spring web-registration is not available.)

Writers, the first thinkers to understand the “whole man,” took into account his unconscious. We’ll illustrate this as reflected in normal development and personality formation, symbolization, fantasy and psychopathology using the characters and texts from Great Literature. Monday evenings at 7:00 PM, see syllabus.

PSYM 6626 Introduction to Emergency Psychiatry Spring sem. 1.0 cr. Max: 20/Min: 4

Course Director, Michael Weissberg, MD. Course Coordinator, Sharon Campbell, 303‐724‐7400, Sharon.campbell@ucdenver.edu

Students will learn basics of emergency evaluation with particular focus on suicide, homicide, child abuse, spouse abuse, and incest. Students will see emergency psychiatric consultations with residents, staff or faculty. Two afternoon meetings with Dr. Weissberg and two shifts at Denver Health Medical Center.

PSYM 6629 Medical Hypnosis Spring sem. 1.0 cr. Min: 4

Course Director, Steve Allen, MD, 303‐741‐0239. Course Coordinator, Sharon Campbell, 303‐724‐7400 Sharon.campbell@ucdenver.edu

Medical hypnosis has a wide application in primary care settings, but most primary care practitioners are unfamiliar with its use. Therefore, this course will teach students the basics of trance induction and its application for pain control, insomnia and relaxation. Two evening sessions with Dr. Allen.

PSYM 6632 Denver CARES Elective Fall and Spring sems. 1.0 crs

Course Director, Charles Shuman, M.D. Course Coordinator, Sharon Campbell, 303‐724‐7400 Sharon.campbell@ucdenver.edu

In this course students will gain confidence in performing basic H&P skills while interacting with acutely ill patients in a detox facility. Requirements include volunteering a minimum of two shifts, as well as attending the orientation and debriefing sessions. Two afternoon meetings with Dr. Shuman and a minimum of two shift at Denver CARES.

PSYM 6633 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders in Medical Practice: Identification, Evaluation and Treatment Fall and Spring sem. 1.0 cr. Max: 10

Course Director, Joseph Sakai, MD, 303‐724‐3182. Course Coordinator, Sharon Campbell, 303‐724‐7400 Sharon.campbell@ucdenver.edu

Students will learn – and learn how to apply ‐ basic identification, assessment and treatment of substance use disorders through clinical experience, reading and seminars. Students will evaluate patients in 2 afternoon clinics with Dr. Sakai (at one adolescent and one adult treatment program) and 2 seminars with Dr. Sakai. Scheduling will be based on student needs. Core reading will also supplement clinical experience. Two afternoon clinic sessions and two seminars with Dr. Sakai.

 

FOURTH YEAR PSYCHIATRY ELECTIVES 

PSYM 8000 Sub I in Adult Psychiatry 4 wks Max: 3  

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401. Three weeks before beginning, contact Lesley Lundeen, at 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu 

“This Sub‐I course DOES NOT meet UC SOM graduation requirements.” 

Restrictions: This is a rigorous and challenging rotation which will help prepare students for management of ill psychiatric patients no matter their career choice. We feel that students considering psychiatry as a career should take a required sub‐internship in medicine, family medicine, pediatrics or surgery. Therefore, this sub‐internship does not fulfill the medical school’s “required” requirement. Sub‐interns take responsibility as primary provider for seriously ill patients, work closely with treatment team directed by an attending psychiatrist. Sub‐interns assume responsibilities for care of patients that interns typically assume performing H&Ps, writing orders, giving “bad news” when appropriate. 
 

PSYM 8001 “Big Six” Substance Prob 2 or 4 wks Max: 2 

Course Director, Joseph Sakai, MD. Course Coordinator, Elisa Upwood, MS ext. 303‐724‐3183.
Prerequisites: Course Director approval required to add course. In treatment programs, experts‟ tutorials, and readings, students learn approaches to 6 common primary‐care substance problems, such as addiction in pain disorders, pregnancy, smoking with tobacco‐induced illness, and substance involved adolescents. Students write a paper on the 6 clinical problems.  

 

PSYM 8002 Neuropsychiatry Elective 4 wks  

WILL NOT BE OFFERED FOR 2012 – 2013 ACADEMIC YEAR
Prerequisites: PSYM 8000.
Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Elective. The goal is to provide the student with exposure to physicians practicing as subspecialists in BN&NP, the clinical populations they serve, and a variety of clinical settings in which they practice.
 

PSYM 8003 Elective in Psychiatry 2 wks 

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
Prerequisite: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.
Students in conjunction with the office of psychiatry medical student education, choose to work with patients on an inpatient psychiatry ward, outpatient clinic or other psychiatry units as a member of a treatment team. 
 

PSYM 8004 Sub I in Child/Adlscnt Psychiatry 4 wks 

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
“This Sub‐I course DOES NOT meet UC SOM graduation requirements.”
Prerequisite: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.
Evaluate and manage adolescents with psychiatric disorders. Students will be members of multidisciplinary team learning about psychopathology, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, family therapy, and other treatment modalities. Students will learn about systems of care. 

 

PSYM 8005 Clinical PSYM Geriatric 4 wks  

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
Prerequisite: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.
Evaluate and help manage geriatric patients with psychiatric illness. Students will serve as part of the inpatient gero‐psychiatric team and will be responsible for 2‐3 inpatients under the supervision of attendings, residents and fellows.  

 

PSYM 8006 Clinical PSYM C/L 4 wks  

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
Prerequisite: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.
Consultation‐Liaison Psychiatry a unique discipline within the field of psychiatry which combines knowledge of medical illnesses, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with an ability to forge liaisons within the medical community. Evaluate and help manage patients with psychiatric disorders within medical settings. 

 

PSYM 8007 Clinical PSYM Emer Srvs 4 wks 

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
Prerequisite: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.
Learn elements of crisis intervention, and to make psychiatric diagnoses and evaluate lethality. Student will evaluate and help treat a broad range of psychiatric difficulties and encounter the psychiatric and psychosocial problems they will see in their practices.  

 

PSYM 8008 Clinical PSYM Forensic 4 wks 

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
Prerequisite: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.
Introduction to the interface of criminal law and psychiatry. Students will involve in the evaluation of people entering pleas of incompetency to stand trial by reason of insanity as well as the treatment and restoration process. 
 

PSYM 8009 Clinical PSYM Addiction 4 wks 

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
Prerequisite: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.
Learn the essentials of identification, assessment, and treatment of patients with substance use disorders. Emphasis on screening and brief intervention techniques. Learn principles of detoxification for alcohol, opioids, cocaine, interpretation of drug testing results, proper prescribing practices. 
 

PSYM 8010 Clin PSYM Eating Dsordrs 4 wks 

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
Prerequisite: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.
Evaluate and manage patients with eating disorders under the direction of fellows and attendings. Student will gain specific knowledge of classification, epidemiology, etiology, physiology, and treatment of eating disorders. 
 

PSYM 8100 PSYM Elective Away 2 or 4 wks 

 

Course Director, Robert Davies, MD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
This Psychiatry elective will be held at a site in Colorado, another state, or internationally. Students must obtain departmental approval one month prior to the start. Additionally, international sites must be preapproved by Student Affairs. 

 

PSYM 8600 Research in Psychiatry 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 wks

Course Directors, Michael Weissberg, MD and Sharon Hunter, PhD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
Prerequisites: The student must receive prior approval from the course director and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to add course. Research electives in various areas of Psychiatry. Contact Randy Ross, MD or Sharon Hunter, PhD for menu of research options. 

PSYM 8630 PSYM Research Away 2, 4, 6, or 8 wks 

Course Directors, Michael Weissberg, MD and Sharon Hunter, PhD. Course Coordinator, Lesley Lundeen, 303‐724‐7401/ lesley.lundeen@ucdenver.edu
Prerequisite: For 2011‐2012, students in the Psychiatry Scholars Program may be eligible for honors in this elective. All non‐Psychiatry Scholars Program students will be graded as Pass/Fail. This Psychiatry research elective will be held at a site in Colorado, another state, or internationally. Students must obtain departmental approval one month prior to the start. Additionally, international sites must be preapproved by Student Affairs.