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Joe Sakai, MD
Block Director


Austin Butterfield, MD
Assistant Block Director


Sharon Campbell
Course Coordinator

Email: Sharon.Campbell@

Phone: 303.724.7400
Fax: 303.724.1399


Core Clinical Conditions and Skills

MINIMUM CLINICAL EXPERIENCES - 100% compliance. Evaluate at least two patients for each of the following common problems using screens from the CU ASSESSMENT OF COMMON PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEMS. Track this activity electronically. Patients may have more than one problem e.g. bipolar illness and substance abuse, schizophrenia and suicidal ideation. In other words, you may complete a number of screens with only one patient.  Patients may have none of these things but the goal is for you to gain experience using these key screens.

  1. Major depression
  2. Bipolar illness
  3. Schizophrenia
  4. Suicidal thinking or actions
  5. Anxiety or co-morbid anxiety such as panic, OCD, PTSD, GAD
  6. An eating disorder
  7. Substance use
  8. A sleep disorder or co-morbid sleep disorder such as insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, circadian rhythm disorder, restless legs, parasomnias, such as sleep walking or night terrors
  9. A cognitive disorder, either delirium or dementia
  10. ADHD
  11. Somatic Symptom Disorder diagnosis does not require that somatic symp­toms are medically unexplained.  Somatic symptoms are either very distressing or result in significant disruption of functioning, as well as excessive and disproportionate thoughts, feelings and behaviors regarding those symptoms. 

In addition to screening for the above 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.