Description: This course provides an introduction to the clinical features, scientific understanding, and most effective treatments of the major mental health disorders that characterize medical practice. Psychiatric Disorders such as Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma and Personality Disorders will be discussed in depth in both lecture formats and in small group discussions. Biweekly centralized sessions will feature didactic presentations and live or videotaped patient interviews. These sessions will alternate with smaller group sessions at clinical sites of the Departments of Psychiatry. At site visits, students will learn to assess patients with a range of psychiatric disorders. Patient write-ups will be reviewed. Material from the centralized sessions and from assigned readings from textbooks and original articles will be discussed. On-line self assessment questions will be posted throughout the course as study aids.
Professors: Michael Williams