PS220.01 – Psychiatric Crisis Management (Detailed)
Subinternship location – Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Inpatient Units (8W and 1S)
COURSE FACULTY: Benjamin Furst, M.D., Michael Makhinson, M.D.,Ph.D., Samuel Sessions, M.D.,J.D.
STUDENT COORDINATOR: M. Read, M.D.
PHONE: (310) 222-3344
AVAILABLE TO EXTERNS: Yes
STUDENTS PER PERIOD: Max 3
DURATION: 3-4 weeks
REQUIRED WEEKEND ACTIVITIES: None
- To gain experience with the formulation of differential diagnoses and treatment plans for acutely ill psychiatric inpatients. The most common disorders seen in this setting are schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, and substance-induced psychiatric disorders.
- To gain experience and familiarity with evidence-based psychopharmacology in treating psychiatric disorders and evaluating for treatment-emergent side effects.
- To gain experience and competence in psychiatric interviewing, mental status examinations, and techniques to enhance doctor-patient rapport.
- To gain experience and familiarity with California’s mental health legal system and to witness and understand legal hearings for probable cause, Riese, and writ of habeas corpus. To understand what an LPS Conservatorship is and when it is used.
- To learn the basics of inpatient psychiatric care, including collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team, suicide and violence assessment, documentation, and medico-legal issues.
- To have a good time in an environment that promotes learning and providing care in the best interest of the patient.