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Course Requirements


  1. Demonstrate the ability to conduct a psychiatric evaluation, including a detailed mental status examination, and use of appropriate psychiatric screens. 
  2. Develop interviewing skills including appropriately using open-ended vs. closed-ended questions and attending carefully to patient presentation and non-verbal cues.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to establish an alliance with patients and families, showing comfort in exploring psychiatric symptoms and issues.
  4. Demonstrate an openness, sensitivity, respect, caring and tolerance toward patients, family, and health care team members, while upholding the primacy of patient needs and welfare.
  5. Utilize effective techniques to obtain relevant and sensitive historical information.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to utilize information gathered from the psychiatric interview, the medical chart, collateral history and other sources, to (a) craft a case formulation using the biopsychosocial model, (b) develop a differential diagnosis, organizing from most to least supported by the data, and (c) explain choice of diagnosis and reasoning for considering and rejecting alternate diagnoses.
  7. Utilizing their case formulations, demonstrate the ability to develop a plan for continued assessment and treatment, while applying established and emerging biomedical knowledge to the care of patients.
  8. Deliver oral presentations in the team setting that are organized, accurate, complete and concise.
  9. Document written communications in the health record in an organized, accurate, complete, concise and timely manner.
  10. Demonstrate effective communication with members of the healthcare team and collaborate effectively with multi-disciplinary health care team members to improve patient care.
  11. For the common psychiatric problems listed below, demonstrate knowledge of their common presentation, associated symptoms, clinical course, basic biologic mechanisms and their basic treatment plans.
  12. Enrich prior knowledge in psychiatry through outside reading, searching the literature and other self-directed learning experiences.
  13. Demonstrate professional growth through response to feedback and asking for help when needed.
  14. Developing the capacity for critical reflection.