MS-1: Introduction to Psychiatry

May 4, 2023-May 19, 2023
12 half days

Course Director
Jody Glance, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry

Course Description

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

Course Goals:

  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.

Educational Methods

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

Curricular Themes

Epidemiology; Human development/life cycle; Medical ethics; Medical genetics; Medical jurisprudence; Mental health and mental disorders; Substance use disorders; Violence /trauma.


Evaluation for this course is determined as follows: 80% of the final grade will consist of performance on an MCQ exam and 20% will consist of a quiz.

Grading: This course comprises 30% of the grade for the Organ Systems Pathophysiology Block, Section 1. Grading for the block is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.