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Bob Davies, MD
Block Director


Joseph Sakai, MD
Assistant Block Director

Abraham Nussbaum, MD
Assistant Block Director

Sharon Campbell

Course Coordinator

Phone: 303.724.7400

Fax: 303.724.1399


Core Clinical Conditions and Skills


100% compliance. Participate in patient evaluations and screen for all of the following common psychiatric problems – at least twice - using screens from the CU ASSESSMENT OF COMMON PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS. Track this activity electronically in your logger on T-Res.

Patients you examine may have more than one problem e.g. bipolar illness and substance abuse, schizophrenia and suicidal thinking or actions. In other words, you may complete a number of screens with only one patient. Ultimately, a particular patient may have none of these things but we want you to gain experience using these key screens.

Note: In addition to screening patients for 100% of the following, you will read about, and be examined on, material from the 60 cases in CASE FILES (3rd ed) based on these diagnoses. Therefore, in addition to screening for the following eleven common psychiatric problems, you should be able to describe their:

      • basic biological mechanisms
      • presentation and clinical course
      • and, if available, treatment plans based on the American Psychiatric Association or the Academy of Adolescent and Child Psychiatry practice guidelines (page two).
    1. Major depression
    2. Bipolar illness
    3. Schizophrenia
    4. Suicidal thinking / actions
    5. Anxiety or co-morbid anxiety such as panic, OCD, PTSD, GAD
    6. Eating disorder
    7. Substance abuse or co-morbid substance abuse/dependence
    8. Sleep disorder or co-morbid sleep disorder such as insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, circadian rhythm disorder, restless legs, and parasomnias such as sleep walking, night terrors, REM Sleep Behavior Disorder
    9. Cognitive disorder, either delirium or dementia
    10. ADHD
    11. Somatoform such as conversion disorder, pain disorder, Hypochondriasis, and somatoform disorders.

And - preferably in a patient in whom the diagnosis is unclear – complete a FAMILY TREE outlining psychiatric diagnoses of biologically related relatives such as grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, siblings and parents and children if appropriate. You will turn this in to Jennifer White on the last day of the rotation