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Goals & Learning Objectives

In addition to the overall goals and objectives each elective has their own goals and objectives as well.


  • Learn the personal and professional characteristics that are required of physicians.
  • Understand the core principles and clinical skills needed to treat patients with psychiatric illness.
  • Pass the Shelf Test and OSCE.
  • Have fun.


Patient Care

  • Demonstrate proper techniques for interviewing a patient to obtain a psychiatric history and complete a mental status examination.
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and integrate pertinent patient data.
  • Formulate a comprehensive and organized differential diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build a positive, healing relationship with a patient.
  • Describe the impact of psychosocial factors on patients’ illnesses and health.


  • Demonstrate professional demeanor and ethical behavior, including timely reporting to all assignments, professional dress, respectful communication, and accurate and timely documentation and completion of reports.

Medical Knowledge

  • Apply knowledge of the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and natural history of diseases to the diagnosis and management of patient conditions.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate laboratory and diagnostic findings when developing a differential diagnosis and treatment plan.

Interpersonal Skills & Communication

  • Present patient data gathered from patient interviews, examinations, laboratory & diagnostic studies, and progress notes in a standardized format.
  • Document patient data gathered from patient interviews, examinations, laboratory & diagnostic studies, and progress notes in a standardized format.
  • Demonstrate effective, professional and compassionate interpersonal and communication skills in interactions with patients, families, peers, and other professionals and staff.

Practice Based Learning & Improvement

  • Use evidence-based medicine to guide patient care decisions.
  • Be able and willing to identify errors in patient care and knowledge deficits.
  • Demonstrate a willingness to change future practices based on feedback.
  • Use information technology successfully to access and manage patient information.

Systems Based Practice

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of, and ability to collaborate with, other members of the health care team, including nurses, social workers, pharmacists, psychologists, and other team members and trainees.
  • Identify issues related to the cost-effectiveness of diagnostic evaluations and patient care.