Medical Student Instruction

MedicalStudentInstruction.jpgThe psychiatry curriculum for the UW School of Medicine takes place during the Foundations Phase of instruction as part of the Mind, Brain and Behavior course. In addition to psychiatry, Mind, Brain and Behavior covers neuroscience and neurology, neurosurgery/trauma, sensory systems (ophthalmology/otolaryngology), and anesthesia.
The psychiatry portion of Mind, Brain and Behavior defines and describes the major psychiatric and neurologic disorders and presents a systematic approach to differential diagnosis and management. An introduction to anesthesia and pain management is also provided. Emphasis is placed on the pharmacology of centrally acting drugs with a focus on clinical use.
Learning Goals/Objectives
1. Describe major psychiatric disorders, common presentations and usual management with emphasis on basic and clinical pharmacology
2. Describe major neurological disorder, common presentations and usual management with emphasis on basic and clinical pharmacology
3. List and describe the principles of the assessment of pain
4. List and describe the principle of pharmacologic pain management
5. List and describe the principle of non-pharmacologic pain management
6. List and describe the principles of general and local anesthesia
7. Identify commonly encountered drugs within each of the major classes of centrally acting drugs
8. Describe the uses and principal side effects of the prototype drugs
9. Describe the mechanisms of action of the major classes of centrally acting drugs

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