2021-2022 Academic Catalog

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Psychiatry (PSYM)

PSYM 6620 -  Psychiatric Aspects of Great Literature  (2 Credits)  

Min:4 Max:15. Writers, the first thinkers to understand the "wholeman," took into account his unconscious. We'll illustrate this as reflected in normal development and personality formation, symbolization, fantasy and psychopathology using the characters and texts from Great Literature. Tuesday evenings.

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail with IP

Repeatable. Max Credits: 8.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYM 6626 -  Intro to Emergency Psch  (1 Credit)  

Min:4 Max:20. Students will learn basics of emergency evaluation with particular focus on suicide, homicide, child abuse, spouse abuse, and incest. Students will see emergency psychiatric consultations with residents, staff or faculty.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYM 6632 -  Denver CARES Elective  (1 Credit)  

Min:6 Max20: In this course students will gain confidence in performing basic H&P skills while interacting with acutely ill patients in a detox facility. Requirements include volunteering a minimum of two shifts, as well as attending the orientation and debriefing sessions.

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail with IP

Typically Offered: Spring.

PSYM 6633 -  SUD in Medical Practice  (1 Credit)  

Fall and Spring. Students will learn basic identification, assessment and treatment of substance abuse disorders through clinical experience, reading, and seminars. Will evaluate patients in 2 afternoon clinics (adolescent and adult treatment program) and 2 seminars. Core reading will supplement clinical experience.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

PSYM 8000 -  Advanced Inpatient Psychiatry  (8-12 Credits)  

Students take responsibility as primary provider for seriously ill patients, work closely with treatment team directed by an attending psychiatrist. Students assume responsibilities for care of patients that interns typically assume: performing H&Ps, writing orders, giving “bad news” when appropriate.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Repeatable. Max Credits: 12.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8001 -  Primary Care Substance Problem  (4-8 Credits)  

2-4 wks. Max:2. In treatment programs, experts' tutorials, and readings, students learn approaches to 6 common primary care substance problems, such as addiction in pain disorders, pregnancy, smoking with tobacco-induced illness, and substance involved adolescents. Students write a paper on the 6 clinical problems. Prereq: Course Director approval required to add course.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Repeatable. Max Credits: 8.

PSYM 8003 -  Elective in Psychiatry  (4-8 Credits)  

Students in conjunction with the office of psychiatry medical student education, choose to work with patients on an inpatient psychiatry ward, outpatient clinic or other psychiatric units as a member of a treatment team.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Repeatable. Max Credits: 8.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8004 -  Advanced Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry  (8-12 Credits)  

4 or 6 wks. This Sub-I course DOES NOT meet the UC SOM requirement for graduation. Evaluate and manage adolescents with psychiatric disorders. Students will be members of multidisciplinary team learning about psychopathology, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, family therapy and other treatment modalities. Students will learn about systems of care. Restrictions: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8006 -  Clinical PSYM Consultation/Liaison  (8-12 Credits)  

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry a unique discipline within the field of psychiatry which combines knowledge of medical illnesses, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with an ability to forge liaisons within the medical community. Evaluate and help manage patients with psychiatric disorders within medical settings. Prerequisites: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8007 -  Clinical PSYM Emergency Services  (8-12 Credits)  

Learn elements of crisis intervention, and to make psychiatric diagnoses and evaluate lethality. Students will evaluate and help treat a broad range of psychiatric difficulties, and encounter the psychiatric and psychosocial problems they will see in their practices. Prerequisites: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8008 -  Forensic and Correctional Psych  (8 Credits)  

Introduction to the interface of criminal law and psychiatry. Students will be involved in the evaluation of people entering pleas of incompetency to stand trial and not guilty by reason of insanity as well as the treatment and restoration process. Prerequisites: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8009 -  Clinical PSYM Addiction  (8-12 Credits)  

Learn the essentials of identification, assessment, and treatment of patients with substance use disorders. Emphasis on screening and brief intervention techniques. Learn principles of detoxification for alcohol, opioids, and cocaine; interpretation of drug testing results; proper prescribing practices. Prerequisites: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8010 -  Clinical PSYM Eating Disorders  (8-12 Credits)  

Evaluate and manage patients with eating disorders under the direction of fellows and attendings. Student will gain specific knowledge of classification, epidemiology, etiology, psysiology, and treatment of eating disorders. Prerequisites: Contact coordinator to confirm availability.

Grading Basis: Medical School

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8015 -  Perinatal and Infant Mental Health  (8 Credits)  

Students will learn about maternal mental health during pregnancy and the first year postpartum, and gain understanding of infant mental health and the mother-baby relationship. Students will work in the following settings: outpatient mom-baby group therapy, psychiatric outpatient clinic, NICU, integrated mental health in OB/GYN and Young Mother's Clinic (pediatric primary care).

Grading Basis: Medical School

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8100 -  PSYM Elective Away  (4-8 Credits)  

This Psychiatry elective will be held at a site in Colorado, another state, or internationally. Students must obtain departmental approval one month prior to the start. Additionally, international sites must be preapproved by Student Affairs. Offered 2 or 4 weeks.

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail with IP

Repeatable. Max Credits: 8.

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

PSYM 8600 -  Research in Psychiatry  (4-24 Credits)  

2-12 wks. Research electives in various areas of Psychiatry. Contact Randy Ross, MD or Sharon Hunter, PhD for menu of research options. Prereq: The student must receive prior approval from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the course director to add course.

Grading Basis: Pass/Fail with IP

Repeatable. Max Credits: 24.