Course Code: NPSY G810 Name of Rotation/Elective: Advanced Focus in Psychiatry Prerequisite: None Course Director: Benjamin Griffeth, MD Course Director e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Course Director phone: (864) 455-8949 Course Coordinator: Devin Evans Coordinator e-mail: email@example.com Coordinator phone: (864) 455-6297 Course Faculty (list all): Benjamin Griffeth, MD, Eunice Peterson, MD, Julius Earle, MD, Kenneth Rogers, MD, Marcia Suval, MD, Louis Dolinar, MD, Debbie Davis, MD, Rodolfo Valverde, MD, Wade Harris, MD, Sharma Taral, MD, Rose Marie McDonald, MD, Amy Jones, MD, MD, Amy Levenson, MD, Wilberforce Tamaklo, MD, David Moore, MD, Lynn Wright, MD, Ed Parsons, MD, Michael Marcum, MD, Calvert Warren, MD, Donna Schwartz-Watts, MD, Karen Stacher, MD, Roy Smith, MD, John Roberts, MD Location: GHS Time and Location to Report on Day 1: 8:30 AM, Psychiatric Academics Service, Marshall I. Pickens Hospital, 701 Grove Rd, Greenville, SC Number of weeks: 4 weeks Objectives: 1. Demonstrate advanced ability to evaluate each patient for potential relationships between medical and psychiatric symptoms and illnesses, a potential history of abuse or neglect, and psychiatric emergencies including danger to self or others. 2. Accurately and completely identify psychopathology, formulate accurate differential and working diagnoses utilizing DSM5, assess patients’ strengths and prognosis, and develop appropriate bio-psychosocial evaluation (laboratory, radiologic, and psychological testing) and treatment plans for psychiatric patients. 3. Describe the indications and contraindications, complete mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, efficacy and cost, uncommon as well as common and serious side effects, toxicity, drug interactions, and issues of each class of psychotropic medications as they are relevant to special populations and demonstrate the ability to select and use these agents to treat mental disorders. 4. Demonstrate advanced ability to appraise and assimilate scientific evidence by utilizing relevant databases of psychiatric evidence-based medicine to improve patient care. 5. Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in the effective exchange of information and collaboration with patients, their families, and other health professionals. Course Description: After consultation with the Clerkship Director, the student will be assigned to the area of practice to which he/she needs the most exposure before entering a residency program. Options include inpatient, outpatient, emergency, substance abuse, and consultative fields. The presenting problems of patients may include personality disorders, acute psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, psychosomatic illness, organic brain syndrome and substance abuse disorders. The student will be responsible for intake assessments, including a mental status examination. He/she will also participate in the decision-making processes and in continuity of care. Additional assignments will be made to specialized treatment programs including individual psychotherapy. The student may see outpatients being treated at the Brownell Center collocated with Marshall I. Pickens Hospital and also at the Piedmont Mental Health Center located in Simpsonville, near Hillcrest Hospital. Inpatient rotations may be at Marshall I. Pickens Hospital or Harris Psychiatric Hospital in Anderson. Consultation and emergency services are located at Greenville Memorial Medical Center. Pavillon International will take students wishing to focus on both inpatient and outpatient substance abuse services. The course is designed to provide the student with maximum patient contact. Reviews of interviewing techniques and the principles of general psychiatry with the introduction of individual psychotherapy techniques will complement the student's clinical contact with patients. Upon completion of the elective, students will be expected to perform at a level consistent with that of a first year psychiatric resident. The student will be evaluated by both his/her preceptors and the Clerkship Director for Psychiatry or his designee. Input will be obtained from the other health professionals with whom the student has worked. Additionally, successful completion of the stated objectives will be required to pass this course.