Psychiatry Clerkship Core Clinical Exposures 2011-2012

Psychiatry Clerkship Core Clinical Exposures 2011-2012


In addition to the learning objectives based on the UNC SOM competencies, we want to ensure that students are confident in the assessment of and management approaches to commonly encountered conditions.  The UNC SOM’s 96 includes many psychiatric conditions encountered by physicians in all areas of practice.  Additionally, understanding these conditions should promote an understanding of other medical conditions that may present with psychiatric symptomatology. The majority of these experiences will be included in your Clinical Log for the clerkship.

Psychiatry Clerkship UNC 96 Conditions

Adverse Medication Reaction: assessment for adverse effects, including extrapyramidal effects

Agitated Patient: discussion of assessment, approach and management plan

Alcohol Abuse vs Dependence: comparison/contrast of diagnostic criteria and management

Altered Mental Status: discussion of workup and management , delirium vs dementia

Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Phobias): assessment and management

Bipolar Affective Disorder: assessment and management

Depression: assessment and management

Domestic Violence/Abuse: assessment in history taking and discussion of management, PTSD

Fatigue: discuss medical workup and depression differential diagnosis

Intellectual Disability (Mental Retardation, ADHD): assessment and management

Obesity: assessment of contributing factors such as medication effects

Psychosis /Schizophrenia  Spectrum Disorders: assessment and management

Substance Abuse vs Dependence: comparison/contrast of diagnostic criteria and management

Suicidal Ideation: safety assessment and management



Psychiatry Clerkship Additional Conditions

Additionally, we believe that it is important for students to understand the below conditions which are also commonly encountered in medical practice. While students may not encounter each of these they should demonstrate understanding of their diagnostic assessment and management.


Somatoform Disorders

Factitious Disorders


Sexual Disorders

Sleep Disorders

Personality Disorders

Adjustment Disorders

Less common disorders that students should know include:


Eating Disorders

Dissociative and Amnestic Disorders

Other Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence