Psychiatry

  1. Resources for Rotation and Studying
  2. How to Prepare (Weekend Before Starting Rotation)
    • Familiarize yourself with the criteria for:
      • Schizophrenia and diseases on the spectrum
      • Bipolar and mania
      • Depression
      • Anxiety
    • Review drug class pharmacology for:
      • Typical antipsychotics
      • Atypical antipsychotics
      • SSRIs
      • SNRIs
      • Atypical antidepressants
      • Anxiolytics
  3. Getting the Most Out of Your Rotation
    • Show empathy and an understanding of the impact psychiatric disorders have on a patient (and their family’s) life
    • Spend extra time with your patients. You will have more time than anyone else on the team to sit with the patients. Try to gather some new pertinent information from your patient.
    • Ask your attending if they prefer DSM IV or 5 when writing notes, with or without the 4 axes.
    • Men do not wear ties for safety, but check with your preceptor before you start.
    • Know when a patient needs restraints, chemical vs physical.
    • Trust your gut instincts; if you feel unsafe ASK for assistance or a chaperone.
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