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Houston, Texas

The Cullen Building at Baylor College of Medicine.
Department of Neurology
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Psychiatry Consultation Service Rotation

at the Ben Taub General Hospital

Rotation Overview

This rotation is an inpatient consultation service in psychiatry. Neurology PGY4 resident will be working with two psychiatry PGY2 residents to see consultations in the hospital. Neurology residents generally do not take call at this rotation. The psychiatry team room is located at 6D and the key to the team room can be obtained from physician services with $5 deposit.

Rotation Mentor

Dr. M. Renee Valdez

Contact Person

M. Renee Valdez, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Teaching / Learning Activities

Part of an integrated curriculum, this rotation provides a structure for resident education in all of the core competency areas:

□□□□□■ System-based Practices
□□□□■□ Professionalism
□□□■□□ Interpersonal & Communication Skills
□□■□□□ Practice-based Learning & Improvement
□■□□□□ Medical Knowledge
■□□□□□ Patient Care

■■□■■□ Pre-Rounds: Residents and students are expected to pre-round on overnight consults and admissions.

■■■□■■ Attending Rounds: Starts at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; 2:00 p.m. on Thursday; and 11:30 p.m. on Friday. The attending on service rounds with the service team seeing all new patients and follow-up patients if needed.

■■■■■■ Consultations: Residents along with medical students see consults during the day and are also responsible in obtaining collateral information, and arranging follow-up appointments.

■■■■■■ Neurology Noon Conferences and Grand Rounds: Occurs Monday through Friday from noon until 1 p.m. Attendance is required.

■■■■■■ Professors' Rounds: Every Wednesday at 1:15 p.m. Residents are assigned to do a history and physical exam on a patient unknown to them while being observed by a faculty member and all residents and students. Important specific clinical pearls are shared and the residents can benefit from master level clinical knowledge.

■■■□□□ Neuroradiology Conference: Every Friday from 7 – 8 a.m. Interesting CT and MRI files are reviewed with neurology and neuroradiology faculty.

■■■■■■ Psychiatry Grand Rounds: Every Wednesday from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Psychiatry faculty members of invited speakers will update the recent advance in psychiatry field.

Principal Educational Goals and Learning Objectives

Residents should gain a basic knowledge which may include but not necessarily be limited to the following:

  1. Basic familiarity with the common neurological diseases
    • Schizophrenia
      • Paranoid type
      • Disorganized type
      • Catatonic type
    • Mood disorders
      • Depression
      • Bipolar disorders
    • Delirium
    • Anxiety
    • Dementia
      • Alzheimer's disease
      • Mild cognitive impairment
    • Antipsychotic related disorders
      • Neuroleptic malignant syndrome
      • Acute dystonic reaction
      • Tardive dyskinesia
    • Substance abuse
    • Personality disorders
      • Antisocial
      • Borderline

Recommended Resources

  • Awaiting list from Dr. Valdez

Evaluation Methods

At the end of the rotation, the attending faculty are asked to fill out a comprehensive electronic evaluation on each resident with whom they have worked. These evaluations are compiled and reviewed with each resident biannually. Residents are asked to assess the faculty mentors that they have worked with as well as the overall rotation with the use of an electronic evaluation form.

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