Course Director: Brandon N. Kyle, PhD
Education Coordinator: Carolyn Sherrod
According to the World Health Organization and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, psychiatric disorders are among the most disabling and financially costly health problems. Further, research findings reviewed by the National Institute of Mental Health suggest that approximately a quarter of U.S. adults will meet criteria for a mental disorder each year, with an almost one-in-two lifetime prevalence of some mental disorder. Thus, mental health represents a national health concern, and all healthcare providers must be equipped to serve the needs of patients with psychiatric illness.
The purpose of this course is to provide medical students basic clinical psychiatric knowledge and skills. Primarily, the emphasis of the course will be on learning DSM-5 diagnosis and classification of mental disorders. It is expected that this knowledge and skill set will be used to facilitate effective healthcare outcomes through increased understanding of the nature of psychiatric illness, early and accurate detection of psychiatric disorders in patients, and enhanced awareness of treatment options.
The course is divided into three sections:
As we move through the course, we discuss models and mechanisms of psychopathology (including the DSM-5), the psychiatric evaluation, mental disorders, and special populations and topics. By the end of the course, each student should have an understanding of the key concepts of basic psychiatry and be able to apply these concepts to patient care.
The objective of the course is to provide the medical trainee with the knowledge and ability to describe different models of the etiology of psychiatric disorders, explain the DSM-5 approach to diagnosis of psychiatric disorders and how psychiatric disorders are assessed and evaluated across the lifespan, enumerate diagnostic criteria and explain differential diagnosis of various psychiatric disorders across the lifespan, and describe psychiatric concepts applicable to special situations and populations. Specifically, after completing this course, students will be able to: