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Department: MEPSY-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Course: 525-Geriatric Psychiatry

Course Director: Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, M.D.
Course Faculty: Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, M.D.
Elective Location: VAMC
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1A,1B,1C,2A,2B,2C,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B,4C
Min. Number of Students:10  Max: 1
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Psychiatry
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This elective provides students the opportunity to be involved in the assessment and treatment of elderly psychiatric patients. The student assesses and manages a select number of geriatric patients.
Learning Activities
Students are taught how to evaluate geropsychiatric patients after general psychiatric interviews. The student should acquire knowledge and skill about the differential diagnosis, neuropsychological evaluation, and laboratory assessment of geropsychiatric patients. Students attend weekly case conferences, geriatric journal clubs, and team meetings. Common presenting problems include dementias with associated behavioral disturbances; delirium; psychiatric problems secondary to medical illnesses; and mood disorders. Site include The Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Evaluation Methods
When and Where to report on first day of service:
w/ Dr. Asghar-Ali - Room 68-183 on 6th floor
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Uzma Khalid
Contact Phone: 713-873-5145
Contact Fax: 713-440-1114
Contact Location: Neuropsychiatric Center, Room 2.127, 1502 Taub Loop, Houston, Tx 77030

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