Clinical Study Guide for the Oral Boards in Psychiatryby Nathan R. Strahl
The Clinical Study Guide for the Oral Boards in Psychiatry has been a trusted and indispensable resource for a decade and this new, 4th edition continues the tradition of currency, relevancy, and rigor. To pass the oral boards in psychiatry, a candidate must possess clinical knowledge that is both broad and deep, something that is difficult to attain for a
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The Clinical Study Guide for the Oral Boards in Psychiatry has been a trusted and indispensable resource for a decade and this new, 4th edition continues the tradition of currency, relevancy, and rigor. To pass the oral boards in psychiatry, a candidate must possess clinical knowledge that is both broad and deep, something that is difficult to attain for a clinician who is exposed, in daily practice, to a limited number of patients with a limited range of disorders. However, the oral boards are a test of clinical, not theoretical, knowledge, and so the candidate seeking to prepare thoroughly is faced with the critical challenge of mastering the patient interview, contextualizing the findings, and providing a differential diagnosis for disorders which he or she may not have encountered professionally.
This book is designed to provide practical clinical information regarding the assessment and treatment of the types of patients most likely to present for the oral boards. Its approach is both encyclopedic and succinct, with an insider's view of what the candidate can expect. Organization is by class of disorder and each section addresses, at a minimum, the DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria, clinical issues, etiology, prognosis, differential diagnosis and treatment -- all the pertinent clinical information candidates should know so they will be prepared when asked by the examiners. The author stresses the necessity for thorough preparation and care in the formulation of responses, reflecting the knowledge that if a candidate mentions a particular medication, for example, he or she should expect to be questioned about its indications, dosing information, therapeutic benefits, and potential side effects. Less tangible factors are also discussed, such as demonstrating empathy for the patient, effective interview technique, and the ability to establish rapport. An abundance of tables and figures make complex information easy to understand, and the author has supplied algorithms for treatment protocols to help candidates whose experience with a particular patient group is limited.
The oral examination is a difficult and intimidating event that looms large in the clinician's professional development. However, the Clinical Study Guide for the Oral Boards in Psychiatry both simplifies and demystifies the process by compiling and organizing all the material the candidate requires to prepare for the exam. Any candidate willing to invest the time and effort to study this comprehensive guide will surely achieve success.
Description: Written in an outline format, this book contains a review of much of the information vital for passing part II of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) examination.
Purpose: For this update, the author notes that, due to the dynamic nature of the field, he was required to "reduce, but not eliminate, clinical information related to older 'tried and true' medications."
Audience: Although a useful manual for those interested in a synopsis of diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders (as classified by the DSM-IV), this guide is designed specifically for individuals who are preparing for part II of the ABPN examination.
Features: In addition to the chapters based on the diagnostic categories found in the DSM-IV, this study guide also contains a chapter dedicated to miscellaneous topics (such as clinical studies of particular importance and metabolic syndrome, among many others), as well as tables and figures. Chapters are penned in an outline style, with brief explanations to highlight important concepts.
Assessment: I reviewed an earlier edition of this guide (second edition in 2005) and found it to be quite useful and comprehensive, so I was eager to read this updated fourth edition. From a content standpoint, the new edition does not disappoint. The author succinctly addresses most of the relevant issues in the diagnosis, treatment, and outcome of virtually every DSM-IV condition with data from recent literature. Though the flow is somewhat choppy, the intent of this guide is to review vital information, not present new concepts. Overall, this is a fine review book which should prove useful for its intended audience. However, its usefulness may be time-limited, as the ABPN has begun offering a new examination for recent resident graduates, and plans to continue the old part II format until around 2013, when it will be phased out altogether.
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Meet the Author
Nathan R. Strahl, M.D., Ph.D., is Consulting Associate in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.
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