Psychiatry Clerkship Guide, 2nd Edition

Psychiatry Clerkship Guide

2nd Edition

By Myrl R. S. Manley, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY


I-A. Orientation to the Psychiatry Clerkship


1. The patient's day on the inpatient unit

2. The medical student's role on the inpatient service

3. The medical student in the outpatient clinic

4. The medical student on the consultation/liaison service

5. The medical student in the psychiatric emergency room


I-B. Evaluating the patient


6. Using DSM-IV

7. The history and mental status examination

8. The medical evaluation of psychiatric patients

9. Psychological testing


II. Symptoms, signs, and abnormal laboratory values


10. Hallucinations

11. Delusions

12. Disorganized thinking and speech

13. Mood disturbances

14. Anxiety

15. Memory loss

16. Suicidality

17. Violence

18. Sleep disturbance

19. Sexual symptoms

20. Changes in appetite and eating disturbances


III. Patients with a known condition


21. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders

22. Major depression

23 Bipolar disorder

24. Anxiety disorders

25. Substance-related disorders

26. Delirium and dementia

27. Personality disorders

28. Eating disorders

29. Sleep disorders

30. Sexual dysfunctions

31. Somatoform disorders, factitious disorders and malingering

32. Disorders of childhood and adolescence

33. Medication-induced movement disorders