Recommended Readings with Learning Objectives
Bruce J. Cohen, M.D.: Theory and Practice of Psychiatry
Kaplan and Saddock: Synopsis of Psychiatry Behavioral Sciences/Clinical Psychiatry
The Psychiatric Evaluation
The student will develop proficiency in performing a diagnostic psychiatric interview and mental status exam.
Students should be able to perform a Mental Status Exam and a Mini-Mental Status Exam and should have an understanding of the purpose of each component of the MMSE.
The student will have an understanding of the neuro-imaging and laboratory studies used in evaluating patients with psychiatric illnesses.
The student will be able to generate an appropriate differential diagnosis, identify target symptoms, and begin to develop an appropriate plan for further evaluation and treatment utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to implement the treatment plan.
Cohen: Chapter 2
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 1 and 7; 3.3 (Neuro-imaging);
Chapter 8 (definitions to review)
Suicide/Violence Risk Assessment
The student will understand the risk factors associated with suicide and self-injury and be able to evaluate for dangerous to self or others.
Cohen: Chapters 16 and 17
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 33.1
Patient Formulation, Neurobiology and Practical Psychodynamics
The student will have a basic understanding of neurobiological functioning, and psychological developmental theories as they relate to the precipitation, development, and perpetuation of mental illness.
Cohen: Chapter 3, 4, 7, 10 (Defense Mechanisms)
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapters 2, 4.1 - 4.5; 6.1, 6.3; Table 6.1-2 (Defense Mechanisms)
The student will become familiar with the fundamentals of psychological testing of intelligence and personality and neuropsychological assessment of adults.
Cohen: Chapter 1
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 5
Psychiatric Disorders of Primary Focus
The student will become familiar with the DSM diagnostic
criteria for major psychiatric disorders including: psychotic
disorders, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, delirium and
dementia and disorders of cognition, and substance related disorders.
The student should be familiar with the clinical features, pathology
and etiology of each and approaches to treatment.
Cohen: Chapter 8
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapters 13 and 14
Cohen: Chapter 7
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 15
Cohen: Chapter 9
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 16
Delirium and Dementia and Disorders of Cognition
Cohen: Chapter 5 and 6
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 10.1 - 10.4
Substance Abuse, Withdrawal and Detoxification
Cohen: Chapter 12
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 12.1 - 12.3; 12.5 - 12.7; 12.10
Psychiatric Disorders of Secondary Focus
The student will develop a general familiarity with the
following disorders: Personality disorders, Somatoform disorders,
Eating disorders, Sleep disorders, and Mental disorders secondary to
general medical conditions.
Cohen: Chapter 10
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 27
Cohen: Chapter 13
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 17
Cohen: Chapter 11
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 23
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 24
Mental Disorders secondary to GMC's
Kaplan and Saddock: 10.5
Biological Therapies: Psychopharmacology and ECT
Students will be familiar with psychotropic drugs by their category (i.e. anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anxiolytics, sedative/hypnotics) and be familiar with the uses of each of these categories of psychotropic drugs. For individual drugs, the student should be aware of the uses and the potential side-effects.
Each student will understand the indications for electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), the relative contraindications for ECT, and the potential risks of ECT. Students should have a familiarity with how the procedure is performed.
Cohen: Chapter 7, 8, and 9
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 35
The student will gain an appreciation of the basic principles of the analytic process and types of psychotherapy including the indications and uses for psychotherapy.
Cohen: Chapter 18, Chapter 7 (Mood Disorders)
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 34.1; 34.2; 34.6; 34.8; Table 34.1-2
Forensic Psychiatry/ Legal Issues in Psychiatry
Students will become familiar with the legal aspects of psychiatric practice.
Students will learn the criteria required in Virginia for involuntary hospitalization and will be able to make an assessment of a patient's capacity to consent to treatment.
Cohen: Chapter 20
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 55
Geriatric Psychiatry: Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 54
Child Psychiatry: Cohen: Chapter 19
Kaplan and Saddock: Chapter 36, 42
Revised June 2006