MS-1: Introduction to Psychiatry

May 5, 2022-May 20, 2022
12 half days

Course Director
Jody Glance, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
glancej@upmc.edu

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

Evaluation for this course is determined as follows: 85% of the final grade will consist of performance on an MCQ exam and 15% will consist of a psychiatric assessment write-up.

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

Faculty Note

Course Director Jody Glance, MD is a recipient of the Clinical Educator of the Year Award and the Clerkship Director of the Year Award. 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 is a member of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators.