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PBSCI 498 Undergraduate Thesis (*)
Opportunity to complete work on psychiatric research projects or to pursue a specific psychiatric topic in depth, for instance, through library research.
PBSCI 499 Undergraduate Research (*, max. 15)
Opportunities are available for participation in a wide variety of ongoing research in the behavioral sciences and clinical psychiatry, or for the development of an individual investigative project under the supervision of a faculty sponsor.
Instructor Course Description: Mary E Larimer
PBSCI 505 P-Psychiatry Preceptorship (1, max. 12) Combs
Opportunity for first- and second-year medical students to gain direct experience with clinical faculty members in psychiatry. Includes opportunities to observe different areas of psychiatry including addiction, child, geriatrics, community, crisis, and consultation. Prerequisite: permission of department. Offered: AWSp.
PBSCI 515 War and Mental Health (1)
Examines the impact of war on mental health in both military and civilian populations. Focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder, including assessment, treatment, epidemiology, and neurobiology. Addresses other psychiatric disorders, substance abuse, brain injury, and psychosocial effects. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: jointly with G H 557.
PBSCI 525 P-Psychiatry and the Law (3) Goldenberg
Concentration on major issues in psychiatry and law. Outside speakers from legal, judicial, and psychiatric communities. Lectures on assessment in forensic settings, competence to stand trial, and criminal responsibility. Discussions on personality disorders and correctional environments. For medical students, psychiatric residents, and graduate psychology, psychosocial nursing, social work, and law students.
PBSCI 530 P-Developmental Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2) Schimmelbusch
Examines how failures of psychological development lead to disorders of regulation of affects and cognition, and how psychoanalytic treatment reinstitutes normal development. Treatment process viewed from a psychoanalytic and psychobiological perspective. Clinical case discussion integrates theoretical concepts.
PBSCI 535 Modern Concepts of Psychoanalysis (2) Schimmelbusch
Examines childhood developmental stages in light of inborn and environmental determinants. Correlates developmental phases with adult personality functioning. Views emotional development from a psychoanalytic and psychobiological point of view. Clinical case discussion integrates theoretical concepts.
PBSCI 546 Psychiatric Epidemiology (3) Vander Stoep
Applies epidemiological methods to the study of mental illnesses. Topics include historical studies; distribution of mental illness, classification and measurement; epidemiology of depression; genetic and environmental etiological factors; developmental epidemiology. Prerequisite: either EPI 511, EPI 512, HSERV 591, or permission of instructor. Offered: Sp.
PBSCI 548 P-Aging and Adult Development (1-3, max. 3)
Aging in Western technologically advanced societies frequently involves losses in status, stamina, and economic and social supports. Consideration given to losses among the aged. Students select projects in the area of aging and work at their own levels of expertise and sophistication. Seminar format with guided reading.
PBSCI 560 P-Psychological Interventions for Primary Care Physicians (1) Kent
Focuses on the integration of primary care and mental health issues. Reading, lectures, videos, and role plays are utilized to review evidenced-based psychological interventions which can be employed in an outpatient primary care setting. Emphasizes issues of somatization, depression, anxiety, and health behavior change.
PBSCI 580 Applied Research in Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (2)
Direct experience working with community agencies to build research capacity. Emphasized child welfare, children's mental/behavioral health, and juvenile justice. Seminars cover translational research, community-based research, and communicating research to program and policy audiences. For graduate students, psychiatric residents, and graduate psychology, psychosocial nursing, social work, and public health students.
PBSCI 591 P-Seminars and Conferences in Psychiatry: Seminar in Clinical Neuropsychology (*)
Introduction to neuropsychological studies of brain-behavior relationships. Exposure to neuropsychological assessment procedures and manifestation of neurocognitive deficits in selected mental and medical disorders, e.g., epilepsy, AIDS, sleep disorders, trauma, toxin exposure, vascular disorders, psychiatric disorders. Develop knowledge of neuropsychological assessment procedures and applications to diverse medical conditions. Prerequisite: psychological assessment experience.
PBSCI 600 Research in Psychiatry ([1-15]-)
Independent laboratory research under the guidance and supervision of research scientists in the Psychiatry Department. Faculty permission required.
PBSCI 630 P-WRITE Psychiatry Clinical Clerkship (*, max. 24)
Basic clinical clerkship for students enrolled in the WRITE Program. Prerequisite: completion of basic curriculum; third- and fourth-year students; acceptance in the WRITE program.
PBSCI 638 P-Basic Clinical Clerkship - Northwest Hospital (12)
Basic psychiatry clerkship at Northwest Hospital in Seattle, WA. Fulfills graduation requirement for clerkship in psychiatry.
PBSCI 639 P-Basic Clinical Clerkship - Olympia (12)
Basic psychiatry clerkship at Olympia, WA. Fulfills graduation requirement for clerkship in psychiatry.
PBSCI 640 P-Basic Clinical Clerkship - Pocatello (12)
Basic psychiatry clerkship at in Pocatello, ID. Fulfills graduation requirement for clerkship in psychiatry.
PBSCI 655 P-Basic Clinical Clerkship - Cheyenne (12)
Basic psychiatry clerkship in Cheyenne, WY. Fulfills graduation requirement for clerkship in psychiatry.
PBSCI 661 P-Basic Clinical Clerkship - Helena (12)
Basic psychiatry clerkship in Helena, MT. Fulfills graduation requirement for clerkship in psychiatry.
PBSCI 662 P- Basic Psychiatry Clerkship - Missoula (12)
Students work at St. Patrick Hospital with adult and adolescent inpatients and in the emergency room for emergent-care exposure. Students have outpatient experience through the adult intensive outpatient program, Pain Treatment Center, and in faculty outpatient practices. Didactics include psychopharmacology, addiction, psychosis, mood disorders, child and geriatric psychiatry. Prerequisite: completion of the HUBIO series; third and fourth year students.
PBSCI 663 P- Basic Psychiatry Clerkship - Billings (12)
Students work at South Center Regional Mental Health Center and Behavioral Sciences Clinic with adult and adolescent inpatients, in the emergency room for emergent care exposure. Outpatient experience including consultations at the community mental heaoth center, Indian reservation, and prison. Didactics include psychopharmacology, addiction, psychosis, mood disorders, child and geriatric psychiatry. A vehicle is needed by students at this site. Prerequisite: completion of the HUBIO series; third and fourth year students.
PBSCI 665 P-Basic Clinical Clerkship (*, max. 24)
Inpatient clerkship in psychiatry. Students have primary responsibility under the direction of attending psychiatrists and residents for diagnosis and care of patients at University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, or Veterans Administration Hospital. Emergency room, crisis intervention, consultation to patients with psychiatric dysfunction. Familiarity with psychopharmacology and short-term hospitalization emphasized. (Six weeks, full-time.)
PBSCI 666 P-WWAMI Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Clerkship (12)
Rotation aims to increase student's skills in basic psychiatry, social psychiatry, transcultural psychiatry, and community psychiatry. Orientation is around the diagnosis, treatment, and clinical management of white, Aleut, Indian, and Eskimo children and adults in outpatient, inpatient, and community settings. Third-, fourth-year medical students. (Limit: Two or three students). Prerequisite: HUBIO 563.
PBSCI 667 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship - Boise (12)
Basic psychiatry clerkship at Veterans' Administration Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Fulfills graduation requirement for clerkship in psychiatry.
PBSCI 668 P-Psychiatry Clerkship - Spokane (12)
Students work on adult, geriatric, and adolescent inpatient psychiatric units of Sacred Heart Medical Center, following patients after transfer to partial hospitalization or outpatient clinic. Didactics include basic psychiatric diagnosis, treatment, and pharmacotherapy. (Limit: two or three students). Prerequisite: completion of HUBIO series; third and fourth-year medical students.
PBSCI 669 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship - Wyoming (12)
Students work in the Wyoming Behavioral Institute with adult, adolescent, and child inpatients. Students have some outpatient experience and emergent care assessment experience at the Wyoming Medical Center. Didactics and discussion include topics such as psychopharmacology, emergent care and assessment, diagnosis, and substance abuse issues.
PBSCI 670 P-Clerkship in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry - UWMC (*, max. 24)
Assessment of patients with major psychosocial problems associated with physical disease, including: problems stemming from the way the illness is perceived and experienced, liaison with other clinical disciplines on complex diagnosis and treatment of problems. (Limit: one student; two or four weeks.) Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship.
PBSCI 671 P-Clerkship in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry - HMC (*, max. 24)
Students receive organized instruction and supervised clinical experience in the evaluation of psychiatric and/or behavioral problems in patients on medical and surgical services, and in effectively consulting with their health care providers regarding their clinical management. Includes evaluation of (non-financial) decisional competency. (Limit: two students). Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship.
PBSCI 672 P-Elective Clerkship in Primary Care Psychiatry - Boise, VAMC (8/12)
Assessment and treatment of patients with acute psychiatric problems in a primary care/rural setting. Consultation work on general medicine and surgery; assessment and dealing with outpatient psychiatric problems as they initially present. Evaluations, crisis intervention strategies, and brief therapies stressed. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship (Four or six weeks; visiting students interested in the Boise Psych Residency Track allowed.)
PBSCI 673 P-Outpatient Psychiatry Elective (*, max. 24)
Offered at Harborview Outpatient Center. Students function as subinterns, conducting diagnostic interviews, initiating and managing pharmacotherapeutic treatment regimens, and providing crisis intervention, under the supervision of the full-time attending at Psychopharmacology Clinic. (Four to six weeks, full-time). Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship.
PBSCI 676 P-Inpatient Clerkship in Psychiatry - American Lake VA (8/12) Johnston
For medical students with a defined interest in psychiatry who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the evaluation, management, and treatment of a wide range of acute and chronic psychiatric conditions requiring inpatient hospital treatment. (Four or six weeks, full-time). Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship.
PBSCI 677 P-Alcohol and Drug Treatment Clerkship - American Lake VA (8/12) Lim
Student assists in every phase of the substance-abuse treatment, including admission interviews, patient evaluation, problem identification, group and individual psychotherapy, assertiveness training, anger control, human sexuality, medical evaluation and treatment, couples therapy, discharge and aftercare planning. Experience primarily clinical. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship. (Four or six weeks, full-time).
PBSCI 678 P-Clerkship in Psychiatric Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation (*, max. 12) Johnston
Two- to six-week clerkship provides learning experiences in rehabilitation of long-term psychiatric patients with medical illness. Multidisciplinary team approach, working with homeless mentally ill. Diagnostic skills emphasized. Spectrum of diseases (cardiovascular, Huntington's, organic brain syndrome) is such that physical rehabilitation is not an emphasis. Prerequisite: HUBIO 563; satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship.
PBSCI 680 P-Clerkship in Emergency Psychiatry (*, max. 24) Pasic
Emphasis on clinical evaluation, acute management, and treatment planning for individual patients. Experience in coordinating these activities with other emergency room personnel, and various hospital and community resources. Emphasis on skills useful to physicians in any specialty. Third- and fourth-year medical students only. (Four or six weeks, full-time). Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship.
PBSCI 685 P-Geriatric Psychiatry Clerkship (*, max. 12)
Two- to six-week elective (four weeks highly recommended). Participation in the evaluation and care of older persons with psychopathology, such as intellectual impairment and depression, in a variety of settings. Emphasis on improving clinical skills regarding diagnosis and treatment of common behavioral problems in the elderly. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship, vehicle required for this rotation.
PBSCI 688 P-Subinternship in General Psychiatry (*, max. 16)
Students function as interns under the supervision of house staff and attending psychiatrists. Further development of their diagnostic and therapeutic skills emphasized. Special areas of interest, such as family intervention, substance abuse, psychoses, neuropsychiatry, community psychiatry, administration, research pursued. (Four or six weeks, full-time). Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship; permission of instructor.
PBSCI 695 P-Advanced Clerkship in Child Psychiatry - CSTC (*, max. 24)
Provides an opportunity to participate in evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents in Lakewood, WA. Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship; fourth year medical student status. 2/4/6 weeks.
PBSCI 696 P-Advanced Clerkship in Child Psychiatry (*, max. 24)
Provides students an opportunity to participate in evaluation and treatment. Experiences in specialized clinics are also available. (Four or six weeks, full-time. Limit: one student). Prerequisite: satisfactory completion of required psychiatry clerkship.
PBSCI 697 P-Psychiatry Special Electives (*, max. 24)
By special arrangement, clerkships, externships, and research opportunities can be made available at other institutions. Students obtain permission from Dr. Combs before obtaining a special assignment form from the dean's office one month before advance registration. Students contact affiliating institutions. Does not fulfill the requirement for a basic clerkship in psychiatry.
PBSCI 699 P-WWAMI Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Special Electives (*, max. 24)
By special arrangement for qualified students, special clerkships or externships may be available at institutions other than the University of Washington located within the WWAMI region. Prerequisite: permission of department.