Consultation Psychiatry

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Alberto Puig, Felicia Smith
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month. Not offered in April 2016
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: This advanced course will teach students how to work with patients who have psychiatric symptoms in medical settings. Through exposure to a wide range of neuropsychiatric presentations in medical and surgical patients, students will learn how to perform a psychiatric interview, to develop a rapid differential diagnosis,and to create a treatment plan relevant to the medically ill patients. The rotation will guide students in the use of multiple treatment modalities (including brief psychotherapies, pharmacotherapy, electroconvulsive therapy, and behavioral techniques). Students will learn about the impact of illness, of hospitalization, and of medical treatment on the function of patients and will help students to appreciate the role of psychiatric factors in the presentation and course of medical illness. The rotation will provide daily bedside teaching and didactics.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
For each content area relevant to consultation psychiatry, students will attend lectures and read chapters (on the science that underpins clinical care).
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Excellent performance in at least 3 of the areas listed above with good performance in remaining area. Performance exceeds that of most peers. Honors: Excellent performance in at least 2 areas with good performance in remaining areas. Satisfactory: Fair performance in at least 2 areas. Unsatisfactory: Poor performance across all criteria.