Curriculum

Phase One

Psychiatry 6000: Scientific Foundations of Human Behavior

Course DirectorPhil Baese, MD

Course Description: This course is designed to prepare future physicians to be conscious and knowledgeable about the many developmental and behavioral issues involved in providing appropriate care to patients. Concepts of human development and human behavior will be understood as relevant to all physicians regardless of specialty. Course material is applied to understanding normal and maladaptive human behavior. Course content is drawn from the fields of psychiatry, psychology, neurophysiology, experimental analysis of behavior, behavioral genetics, learning and communication theory and cultural anthropology.

Phase Two

Psychiatry 6010: Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry

Course DirectorMary Steinman, MD

Course Description: Psychiatry 6010 is an introductory course designed to provide a basic overview of major adult mental illness categories, with a focus on clinical psychopathology. Specific topics will include the psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders and the somatoform disorders. The course will also involve discussions of the relevant genetic, neurodevelopmental and epidemiological information pertaining to each illness category discussed.

Course: Brain and Behavior

Course Directors: Mary Steinmann, MD, & David Renner, MD

Course Description: Brain and Behavior is a nine-week unit occurring in Phase Two of the integrated medical student curriculum during the first two years of medical school.

This course integrates basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with the clinical disciplines of psychiatry, neurology, pathology and pharmacology. The unit provides medical students with the conceptual framework necessary to recognize common neurological and mental health issues as physicians in any area of medical specialty. Concepts of normal human development, major adult mental illness and psychopathology and child and adolescent psychopathology are presented in a manner that integrates these topics with the basic sciences and neuroscience.  The course utilizes multiple teaching methods including didactics, patient presentations, role-play interactions with psychiatric residents, wet and dry labs and multimedia presentations to enhance student understanding of mental illness and provide clinical skills that students will need during their clinical clerkship experiences and general practice as physicians.

Phase Three, Clerkship

Psychiatry 7200: Psychiatry Clerkship

Clerkship DirectorPhil Baese, MD

Clerkship Coordinator: Stacey Leventis

Clerkship Description: See Psychiatry Clerkship tab.

Phase Four, Career Development

Psychiatry 7400-7960:  Electives in Psychiatry

Electives DirectorPaul Thielking, MD

Electives Coordinator:  Stacey Leventis.

Inpatient Sub-Internship Electives:

These four-week clinical electives are designed to provide students with an intensive experience in the diagnosis and management of acutely ill inpatient psychiatric patients. Students interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry are especially encouraged to enroll in a sub-internship. Each student may request to rotate on a multidisciplinary team at one of three clinical sites (UUMC, UNI or the SLC VAMC).

7400  PSYCT  Subinternship in Adult Psychiatry: University Hospital

7410  PSYCT  Subinternship in Adult Psychiatry: SLC VAMC

7420  PSYCT  Subinternship in Adult Psychiatry: UNI

Additional Electives:

These electives are intended to provide fourth year students with experience in areas of psychiatry such as outpatient psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, substance abuse and child psychiatry. These are four-week electives with the exception of outpatient psychiatry, which offers a two-week option. For additional information about any of the electives listed below, please contact Stacey Leventis or Dr. Thielking. For those students interested in the research elective, special arrangements must be made with Dr. Thielking.

7440  PSYCT  Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

7450  PSYCT  Outpatient Psychiatry

7460  PSYCT  Child Psychiatry

7470  PSYCT  Substance Abuse

7500  PSYCT  Elective at the Children’s Center

7530  PSYCT Triple Board Elective

7960  PSYCT  Psychiatry Research

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