Clinical Study Guide for the Oral Boards in Psychiatry, Fourth Edition [NOOK Book]

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Reviewer:Judy Blair, MD(Rush University Medical Center)
Description:This study guide for the oral boards in psychiatry provides a review of the clinical information involved in the assessment and treatment of the major psychiatric disorders, based on DSM-IV-TR criteria. The previous edition was published in May 2005.
Purpose:As a review, the aim is to provide useful clinical information on the assessment and treatment of the types of patients most likely to present during the exam.
Audience:The intended readers are candidates preparing for the oral boards in psychiatry, typically psychiatrists currently in practice. The author asserts that the study guide also should serve as a useful review for clinicians preparing for the psychiatry recertification exam, which is currently required every 10 years. The author is a consulting psychiatrist at a major academic center who recently took (and passed) his recertification exam.
Features:The nine chapters cover schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance-related disorders, personality disorders, cognitive disorders, violent behavior, eating disorders, and miscellaneous topics. The chapters dealing with the major psychiatric disorders are divided into sections, including DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria, clinical issues, etiology, prognosis, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Information is presented in an organized, bulleted format, with easy-to-read tables interspersed throughout the text. Each psychiatric disorder is covered in exhaustive detail (this is especially true in the sections on schizophrenia and the mood disorders). In addition, the author provides advice on preparing for the exam, skills needed during the exam (e.g., building rapport with the patient), and emphasizes the importance of being able to come up with a comprehensive differential diagnosis.
Assessment:The author has compiled an excellent review of the major psychiatric disorders, based on DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria, with an emphasis on the information and skills needed to pass the boards. Given the influx of new treatments and information relating to the practice of psychiatry, the new edition is certainly justified. This review is highly recommended for candidates studying for the oral boards in psychiatry and for psychiatrists studying for their recertification exam.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585629572
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 515
  • Sales rank: 852,916
  • File size: 20 MB
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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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Table of Contents

Preface. Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders. Mood disorders. Anxiety disorders. Substance-related disorders. Personality disorders. Cognitive disorders. Violent behavior. Eating disorders. Miscellaneous topics. Index. List of figures. List of tables.

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