The Psychiatry Clerkship / Edition 3

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A high-yield insider's guide to the psychiatry clerkship in the super-effective First Aid format

4 STAR DOODY'S REVIEW (of previous edition)

"This is probably the best overall review book for medical students doing a psychiatry rotation. Its organization and thoroughness are unsurpassed, putting it above similar review books. Students who thoroughly read this book should have no trouble successfully completing their psychiatry clerkship and passing the shelf exam. As course director for the core psychiatry clerkship at my institution, I will recommend this book to students."--Doody's Review Service

First Aid for the Psychiatry Clerkship gives you the core information needed to impress on the wards and pass the psychiatry clerkship exam.

Written by students who know what it takes to succeed, and based on the national guidelines for the psychiatry clerkship, the book is filled with mnemonics, ward and exam tips, tables, clinical images, algorithms, and newly added mini-cases.


  • Completely revised based on the psychiatry clerkship's core competencies
  • Written by medical students who passed and reviewed by faculty for accuracy
  • NEW integrated mini-cases illustrate classic patient presentations and/or commonly tested scenarios
  • NEW illustrations and management algorithms
  • Updated throughout with enhanced sections on medications, depression/anxiety, and child psychiatry
  • Helps students hone in on the most important concepts for the clerkship and the exam

The content you need to ace the clerkship:

Section I: How to Succeed in the Psychiatry Clerkship Section II: High-Yield Facts; Examination and Diagnosis; Psychotic Disorders; Mood Disorders; Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders; Personality Disorders; Substance-Related Disorders; Cognitive Disorders; Geriatric Disorders; Psychiatric Disorders in Children; Dissociative Disorders; Somataform and Factitious Disorders; Impulse Control Disorders; Eating Disordes; Disorders; Sleep Disorders; Sexual Disorders; Psychtherapies; Psychopharmacology; Legal Issues; Section III: Awards and Opportunities.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (Assurance Health and Wellness)
Description: This book reviews the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with major psychiatric disorders, with an emphasis on the clinical aspect of the specialty.
Purpose: Meant as a basic introduction to the field of psychiatry for those new to the specialty, this book provides hints for the shelf examination, tips for working on the wards, and various clinical scenarios to illustrate important points.
Audience: Though the focus is on third-year medical students who are preparing or involved in their psychiatry clerkships, this book may prove useful for nursing students or psychologists interested in clinical presentations of pathology. The book is written by medical students with editing by faculty from various locations.
Features: Chapters are generally brief (fewer than 20 pages) and contain high-yield information categorized into the major psychiatric diagnoses. The chapters are filled with case examples, tables, diagrams, and charts, and most pages contain additional important facts in the margins identified by various icons, such as a stethoscope for clinical data, a notebook for examination tips, and a person to illustrate information in a case-based format. There is a section for individual notes at the end of each chapter as well.
Assessment: The medical students doing their psychiatry rotation at my institution have used previous editions of this book and have found it helpful not only for the shelf examination, but also for their experiences in the outpatient clinics and inpatient units. Though the format and appearance of the pages is quite busy and the presentation is abbreviated, the information is of a sufficient degree for those at this level of training. The main problems with this book are the lack of identified references for the information (especially in the event a reader wishes to get a more in-depth understanding of a concept) and the lack of a section explaining basic neuroimaging.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071739238
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/18/2011
  • Series: First Aid Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 218
  • Sales rank: 174,019
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Author Profiles

Matthew S. Kaufman, MD is a board-certified oncologist in Long Island Jewish Medical Center (New York). He completed his fellowship in hematology and his residency in internal medicine at LIJ Medical Center. He is a graduate of SUNY-Downstate College of Medicine.

Latha G. Stead, MD, MS, FACEP is Chief, Division of Clinical Research and Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida College of Medicine at Gainesville. She is also Adjunct Professor of Emergency Medicine at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (Rochester, MN) and serves as Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Jason Yanofski, MD completed a fellowship in child psychiatry at Yale University and a fellowship in forensic psychiatry at The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University.

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Table of Contents

Section I: How to Succeed in the Psychiatry Clerkship Section II: High-Yield Facts; Chapter 1. Examination and Diagnosis;Chapter 2. Psychotic Disorders; Chapter 3. Mood Disorders;Chapter 4. Anxiety and Adjustment Disorders; Chapter 5. Personality Disorders; Chapter 6. Substance-Related Disorders; Chapter 7. Cognitive Disorders;Chapter 8. Geriatric Psychiatry; Chapter 9. Psychiatric Disorders in Children; Chapter 10. Dissociative Disorders; Chapter 11. Somatoform and Factitious Disorders; Chapter 12. Impulse Control Disorders;Chapter 13. Eating Disorders; Disorders14. Sleep Disorders; Chapter 15. Sexual Disorders; Chapter 16. Psychotherapies; Chapter 17.Psychopharmacology; Chapter 18. Forensic Psychiatry;Index
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