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FIRST YEAR MEDICAL STUDENT PSYCHIATRY COURSE Psychiatry: Introduction to Psychopathology Course number 622-716

DESCRIPTION OF COURSE INTRODUCTION: The Psychiatry Course for Med 1 students for spring 2006 is intended to introduce students to psychopathology. The course is organized to emphasize small group seminar processes for teaching and learning. The seminars are oriented to descriptions and discussion of pertinent forms of psychopathology. The overall orientation of our teaching is to help students acquire knowledge about the various forms of psychopathology which may occur with patients encountered in a medical setting. This course has been developed following the principles that curriculum content be reduced in overall detail and relevant to a "Generalist" education. Thus the course emphasizes the major debilitating forms of mental illness likely to be encountered in primary care medical settings. We intend to familiarize students with the signs, symptoms, phenomenology and epidemiology of the disorders and to teach students current concepts of etiologies and pathophysiologies of these illnesses. All teaching is conducted in small seminar groups. An introduction to the course will be held for the entire class Tuesday February 28, 11:00 AM to noon in Room 1225 HSLC. COURSE GOALS: 1. Students should be able to describe the psychiatric syndromes which constitute the major forms of psychopathology. The following disorders are covered: Mood disorders (Unipolar depression and Bipolar disorders) Schizophrenia Obsessive-Compulsive Anxiety Disorders Post Traumatic Disorders Cognitive disorders 2. Students should be able to identify the following aspects of the disorders covered: a. signs, b. symptoms, c. natural history d. prognoses e. epidemiology f. known or proposed etiologies g. pathogenesis/pathophysiology

COURSE TEXTBOOK: Required Textbook: Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry, 3rd Ed., Nancy C. Andreasen and Donald W. Black, American Psychiatric Press, Inc, Washington DC, 2001. The text will be available at the University Bookstore. SEMINARS: The seminars meet in groups of approximately 14 students facilitated by Department of Psychiatry faculty members. Each seminar will focus on specific aspects of psychiatric diagnosis and particular types of psychopathology. Students are expected to have read the assigned text readings before the seminar and to come prepared to discuss and participate in exercises related to the topical readings. This is not a lecture course and your teaching instructors are committed to assisting in active learning processes, not the passive experiences associated with lecture-type teaching/learning. While seminar teaching is "labor-intensive," your Department of Psychiatry instructors find their time well spent in offering this more stimulating educational experience. The emphasis of our teaching will be on the following aspects of the major psychiatric illnesses: signs and symptoms, natural history, differential diagnosis, prognosis, epidemiology, and etiologies. The focus is on pathology and pathogenesis, not therapeutics. It is the purpose of this course to familiarize you with the major psychiatric disorders to prepare you for the clinical experiences to follow in third year clerkships and beyond. A more detailed Topical Outline with suggested "Features to Learn" follows this overview of the course.

Course Schedule:

MED 1 PSYCYCHIATRY COURSE SPRING SCHEDULE 2006

DATE Week of:


Tuesday February 28 11:00 to noon

DIDACTIC SESSION #
Class presentation

DIDACTIC TOPIC

Assigned Text Reading CHAPTER (# of pages) Chapter 1 pp 3 to 20 Chapter 2 pp 21-44

Course Introduction and Orientation Room 1225 HSLC

Psychiatric Diagnosis March 6-10 March 13-17 1 Spring Break Week Mood Disorders Unipolar Depression and Suicide Mood Disorders Bipolar Disorders Schizophrenia Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Anxiety Disorders: Panic, Generalized, and Phobias PTSD Cognitive Disorders Course Review Session - (Room 1335 HSLC) TBA Multiple Choice and Essay Examinations to be scheduled for specific testing periods. Students must sign up with Carolyn Prucha for one of these times.

March 20-24 March 27-31

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Chapter 9 Selected pages Chapter 21 pp 553 to 562 Chapter 9 Selected pages Chapter 7 pp 211-240 Chapter 11 pp 347-357 Chapter 10 pp 315-335 Chapter 10 pp 335-342 Chapter 6 pp 183-204

April 3-7 April 10-14 April 17-21 April 24-28 May 1-5

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TBA