Academics


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  • Medical Student Education

    The Division of Medical Student Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior organizes and administers four core medical school curriculum courses and various elective courses:

    Course No. Course Title Contact Hours Year
    611  Human Behavior   12 

    Winter, 1st year

    612  Psychopathology I   38 

    Spring, 1st year

    621  Psychopathology II   12 

    Spring, 2nd year

    631  Psychiatry Clerkship    200 

    Rotation, 3rd year

    The required psychiatry textbook for each course during the next four years is Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry; Nancy C. Andreasen, MD, PhD, and Donald W. Black, MD.; American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.; Washington, D.C.; London, England; 3rd edition, 2001. The book is comprehensive, well organized and easy to read. 

    Curriculum

    • Psychiatry 611. To understand abnormal development, one must first understand normal stages of human development. Psychiatry 611 is introduces students to theories of human development and behavior. Students will be expected to understand different learning theories, such as classical and operant conditioning. Human development from infancy through late adulthood and death will be emphasized. Students will be introduced to important theorists, including Sigmund Freud, Erik Erikson, Donald W. Winnicott, and Margaret Mahler. Human defense mechanisms will be discussed. Other topics will include social and family behavior, human sexuality and the physician-patient relationship. The course is designed to be interactive. In order to participate meaningfully in class, students are encouraged to complete assigned reading before class. 
    • Psychiatry 612. The course introduces students to a number of causes of psychiatric disorders, including mood, anxiety, paranoid, substance abuse, somatoform, personality, and sleep disorders. One lecture will focus on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM-IV-TR). The DSM, now in its fourth edition, is a classification system used to describe discrete psychiatric disease entities. Classification of psychiatric illnesses and the different uses of the DSM-IV will be discussed. Important neurotransmitters, such as dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine, acetylcholine, and the role they play in mental illnesses will be discussed.

      Other topics will include cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer's dementia, vascular dementia, delirium, etc. Neuroanatomical changes related to the dementias, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), major depressive disorder and neurological disorders with psychiatric symptoms such as Huntington's disease will be discussed and, when possible, illustrated with neuroimaging studies of the brain.

      Patient interviews will be conducted, including four small group sessions. Students are divided into groups of approximately 12 and assigned to two faculty facilitators. These sessions will help students develop skills in performing psychiatric interviews and the mental status exam.
    • Psychiatry 621. A continuation of different aspects of psychopathology, lecture topics will include psychopharmacology, endocrinology and psychiatric manifestations of medical illnesses. Eating disorders will be discussed. Disorders of childhood and adolescence will be covered. Different forms of mental retardation will be addressed, as will specific neurological disorders such as Tourette's syndrome. Disorders of cognition and neuroanatomy will be re-visited as will several other topics, including sleep disorders. Lecture time will also be devoted to ethics and communication skills.
    • Psychiatry 631. A six-week clerkship will expose students to both inpatient and outpatient psychiatry. Students will rotate on an adult medicine/psychiatry inpatient unit, a general adult psychiatry inpatient unit, and a child and adolescent psychiatry inpatient unit. Students also will rotate on an inpatient addiction recovery unit at the VA hospital. Ambulatory psychiatry includes outpatient general adult psychiatry. Students also will participate in outpatient child and adolescent clinics primarily focused on the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Students will be expected to work closely with residents and participate in taking call. The rotation will include a tour of Whitfield Hospital, a local state mental hospital. Four hours per week will be devoted to didactic lectures. Schedules will be flexible if a student has a particular interest in a certain area of psychiatry.

    For more information

    • Barbara Daniels, MBEd, Course Coordinator
              Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
              2500 N. State St.
              Jackson, MS 39216-4505
              Phone: (601) 984-5865
              E-mail: bdaniels@psychiatry.umsmed.edu