Baylor_eye

Junior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jan 4, 2003
27
0
Status (Visible)
Do any of you have suggestions about books that are good for the core Psychiatry rotation? I am not going into Psychiatry, but I would like to as learn as much as possible in my eight weeks and do well on the shelf board if possible. I am sure other folks would be interested as well.

Thanks...:)
 

Asher

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jun 24, 2003
130
0
Status (Visible)
BRS Psychiatry is great for board prep. It addresses which psychotherapeutic techniques are useful for the different disorders -- there were many questions on the board about this and it was something that wasn't covered in other sources.

For a text, you might consider checking Kaplan and Sadcock's Synopis out of the library. An alternative would be the Current t diagnosis and Treatment in Psychiatry.
 

doctor4ever

Full Member
10+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Jul 21, 2002
71
0
Status (Visible)
  1. Attending Physician
On my NBME exam I don't remember having any questions about psychotherapy. Here are some high yield topics I remember:

1. Psychopharmacology and side effects
2. Personality D/O
3. Childhood D/O and developmental stages
4. Medical dx that present as psych (e.g. thyroid, organic brain dx, infectious dx, etc)
5. Illegal drugs (overdose and treatment)
6. MDD vs. grief (this one is asked on STEP 2 a lot)
7. Autism, Rhett?s, Asperger's, levels of mental ******ation
8. Psychological tests
9. Dementia and Delirium (be sure to know the diff dx of confusion in elderly)
10. Know what to do with an unconscious pt with no signs of trauma (thiamine, glucose, naloxone)
11. Criteria for Axis I d/o and treatment of choice
12. Ethics

You should also have a pocket version of DSM-IV and know the criteria for Axis I and II d/o
 
About the Ads

willow212

Senior Member
7+ Year Member
15+ Year Member
Mar 26, 2003
132
1
Status (Visible)
I found the following $11 pocket book handy for figuring out how to word questions during a patient interviews, as it takes the DSM-IV criteria for common disorders and translates them into plain, politically correct English, i.e. what is a non-offensive way to ask if the person is hearing voices or purging after meals?

It's also a handy pocket book which can help you learn what the criteria are for the common disorders, and it has a rough outline for a mental status exam to help remind you what to include there as well.

Interview Guide for Evaluating Dsm-IV Psychiatric Disorders and the Mental Status Examination
by Mark Zimmerman

You can browse a couple pages here:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0963382136/ref=sib_dp_pt/102-4482605-7156167#reader-link
 

mopeggy

Junior Member
15+ Year Member
Apr 18, 2003
4
0
Status (Visible)
At my school we use Andreasen and Black Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry and I've heard if you read that you can do well on the shelf. I've heard from a lot of people that the psych shelf exam is hard. I think this is because people underestimate it and don't realize they really are going to expect you to have some familiarity with the DSM diagnositc criteria.
 

mdblue

Senior Member
15+ Year Member
Oct 17, 2003
199
1
Don't neglect the neurosciences and common neuro conditions-seizures/CVA/abnormal movement d/o for your shelf.
Hope this helps.:)
 
About the Ads
This thread is more than 17 years old.

Your message may be considered spam for the following reasons:

  1. Your new thread title is very short, and likely is unhelpful.
  2. Your reply is very short and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  3. Your reply is very long and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  4. It is very likely that it does not need any further discussion and thus bumping it serves no purpose.
  5. Your message is mostly quotes or spoilers.
  6. Your reply has occurred very quickly after a previous reply and likely does not add anything to the thread.
  7. This thread is locked.