PRCL 630 Psychiatry:   1 Credit Hour

Placement in the Curriculum:    Year Two
Duration:    March-April (4-5 weeks)

Synopsis:    Psychiatry is designed to introduce students to the epidemiology, pathophysiology, phenomenology, classification, and diagnosis of mental disorders.  This course complements the first-year Behavioral Science sequence, which introduces students to normal human development and behavior. It precedes the third-year Psychiatry Clerkship lecture series, which focuses on treatment of mental disorders.

Competencies:    Students will be able to:
● Be comfortable with the DSM IV-TR in diagnosing mental illnesses
● Understand the multi-axial approach to classification of mental illnesses
● Understand the biopsychosocial model as it relates to mental illnesses
● Understand basic epidemiological data on mental illnesses
● Increase empathy towards individuals with mental illnesses
● Improve the physician-patient relationship and therapeutic alliance
● Demonstrate understanding of above in preparation for national boards
● Demonstrate understanding of above by successful completion of final exam
Key Words:  
  Psychopathology, mental disorders, addiction, biopsychosocial model, mood disorders, schizophrenia, anxiety, somatization, defense mechanism.

Assessment:    Student performance is evaluated by (1) a multiple choice Final Exam, based on the required text and lectures and (2) Team-Based Learning individual and group readiness assurance tests.

Instructional Features:    Lectures are given by instructors from the Department of Psychiatry.  Readings are assigned from a standard text.  Videotaped clinical vignettes and other media aids are used. In addition, a Team-Based Learning session will be required.

A teaching and learning examination will be given with an opportunity for discussion of test answers.

Updated 07/30/12