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Learning Objectives


In addition to the overall goals and objectives each elective has thier own goals and objectives as well. 


1.     Learn the personal and professional characteristics that are required of physicians.

2.     Understand the core principles and clinical skills needed to treat patients with psychiatric illness.

3.     Pass the Shelf Test and OSCE.

4.     Have fun.


1. Patient Care

a. Demonstrate proper techniques for interviewing a patient to obtain a psychiatric history and complete a mental status examination.

b. Demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and integrate pertinent patient data.

c. Formulate a comprehensive and organized differential diagnosis.

d. Demonstrate the ability to build a positive, healing relationship with a patient.

e. Describe the impact of psychosocial factors on patients’ illnesses and health.

2. Professionalism

a. Demonstrate professional demeanor and ethical behavior, including timely reporting to all assignments, professional dress, respectful communication, and accurate and timely documentation and completion of reports.

3. Medical Knowledge

a. Apply knowledge of the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and natural history of diseases to the diagnosis and management of patient conditions.

b. Demonstrate the ability to integrate laboratory and diagnostic findings when developing a differential diagnosis and treatment plan.

4. Interpersonal Skills and Communication

a. Present patient data gathered from patient interviews, examinations, laboratory & diagnostic studies, and progress notes in a standardized format.

b. Document patient data gathered from patient interviews, examinations, laboratory & diagnostic studies, and progress notes in a standardized format.

c. Demonstrate effective, professional and compassionate interpersonal and communication skills in interactions with patients, families, peers, and other professionals and staff.

5. Practice Based Learning and Improvement

a. Use evidence-based medicine to guide patient care decisions.

b. Be able and willing to identify errors in patient care and knowledge deficits.

c. Demonstrate a willingness to change future practices based on feedback.

d. Use information technology successfully to access and manage patient information.

6. Systems Based Practice

a. Demonstrate an appreciation of, and ability to collaborate with, other members of the health care team, including nurses, social workers, pharmacists, psychologists, and other team members and trainees.

b. Identify issues related to the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic evaluations and patient care.

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