Orientation to Psych
Topics include emergency psychiatry, DSM-5, MSE (mental status examination), and ethics. [8 hours]
This course is comprised of four sessions, totaling 8 hours. Interns have an opportunity to discuss the issues related to dealing with emergency situations in psychiatry, and discuss the psychiatrist’s role in working with the patient and the patient’s family and friends who may be part of the contact. Assessing risk and dangerousness, determining the need for psychiatric hospitalization, and learning to intervene in potentially volatile circumstances are addressed in this session.
In a subsequent session, familiarization with psycho-diagnosis, using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM 5) will focus on the most current diagnostic concepts and conventions used in diagnosing mental disorders. Another session will address the elements of a complete, and formal mental status examination, which will be an essential element of the resident’s contacts with patients from the start of their training.
The final session will address specific concerns relating to ethical issues that face psychiatrists in the performance of their professional duties. These issues will be addressed by looking at the special, annotated ethical guidelines published for psychiatrists. There will also be special attention given to the application of these guidelines in clinical practice and research. A case-based approach will allow for discussion and consideration of challenging situations that will be encountered in the practice of psychiatry.