University of Pittsburgh

 

Organ System Pathophysiology

Introduction to Psychiatry
MS-1

May 18, 2015 – May 29, 2015
12 half days

Jason B. Rosenstock, MDCourse Director
Jason B. Rosenstock, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
rosenstockjb@upmc.edu

Course Description

This course follows the neuroscience course with study of functional manifestation of diseases or altered activity of the brain.

The goals of the course are:

  1. to familiarize students with the most common and important psychiatric illnesses.
  2. to help students prepare for clinical encounters with psychiatrically ill patients by providing a foundation for understanding psychiatric disorders and principles of psychiatric assessment and management.
  3. to foster appreciation for the fact that psychiatric illness is commonly encountered in all medical practice, and early detection and treatment can significantly improve patient outcomes.
  4. to build on material from the preceding neuroscience course in showing how neurobiological factors play out in behavior, and how treatment approaches derive from this understanding.

The 60 faculty are from 6 departments: Epidemiology, Medicine, Neurobiology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery.

Educational Methods

 

Lectures Self-study exercises Videotaped patient interviews    
Clinical case conferences Patient write-ups Live patient interviews    

 

Curricular Themes

Epidemiology; Human development/life cycle; Medical ethics; Medical genetics; Medical jurisprudence; Mental health and mental disorders; Substance abuse; Violence /abuse; Women’s health.

Evaluation

Evaluation for this course is determined as follows:

  • 100% of the final grade is based on an examination. The examination consists of multiple-choice items and a brief write-up of a mental status examination, assessment, and plan based on a patient vignette.
  • Students are required to complete a written mental status examination and to fully participate in all small-group exercises.

Grading: This course is one component of the Organ System Pathophysiology Block, Section 1. Students must pass the course to pass the block. The block section is graded Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Course Director Jason Rosenstock, MD, is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award, the Sheldon Adler Award for Innovation in Medical Education, and the Excellence in Education Award for Course Director. In addition, Dr. Rosenstock and Michael Travis, MD, are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.