Psych 5640 - ACE: Psychotic Disorders


Stephan Heckers, MD
Course Director
Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

William P. and Henry B. Test Chair in Schizophrenia Research
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Professor of Psychology

  Shana Scanlin
Educational Coordinator
OFFERED: January - March, September - October
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Psychosis (i.e., delusions, hallucinations, disorganized thought and behavior) is a cardinal feature of several psychiatric disorders. This elective emphasizes a clinical appreciation of psychosis and training in the use of diagnostic instruments for clarification of psychotic symptoms. The elective can be tailored to the interests of the student by dividing time among inpatient treatment units and routine outpatient offices, in both clinical and research environments. Activities under the purview of the faculty (including Drs. Heckers, Amison, Stovall, Clark, Maley, Peters, Jacobs and Woodward) include a) participation in assessments and treatment planning and b) exposure to neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience research. The student will be expected to prepare and lead a journal club meeting or case presentation relevant to one of these settings for an audience of attendings and peers.
PRE-REQUISITES: Pre-requisites: Psychiatry 5020, Neurology 5020, and prior planning
of activities with Dr. Heckers or his designee
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