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Department: MEPSY-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Course: 542-Pediatric Psychiatry Consult/Liaison Service

Course Director: Dr. Kristin Kassaw
Course Faculty: Dr. Leng Bang, MD,Dr. Toi Harris
Elective Location: TCH
Elective Offered Terms:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Psychiatry & Pediatric Core
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): M-F Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations: 75
Number on-call nights: 0 Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
  Other: 25
Statement of Goals:
The purpose of this elective is to provide additional educational opportunities to the student about pediatric consultation and liaison psychiatry utilizing a bio-psycho-socio-cultural approach. The student should demonstrate increased knowledge, skills, and attitude in the core competencies for this pediatric based consult liaison rotation. KNOWLEDGE: The learner will become more knowledgeable about common pediatric psychiatry problems in the pediatric medically ill population; they will learn how to assess and treat them utilizing evidence-based pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, psychoeducational and social interventions. SKILLS: The student will demonstrate an increased ability to conduct therapeutic interviews in the context of cultural considerations. They will acquire the ability to apply the cultural formulation elements when presenting case histories. They will show an increased understanding of the complex relationship between the child, family and environment with presenting case formulations as it relates to inpatient consult liaison treatment of child and adolescent mental health issues. ATTITUDES: The learner will respect the inherent complexities involved in the multiĀ­ disciplinary interactions that occur within inpatient consult liaison treatment; this may include working together in a treatment team (other mental health care providers, pediatricians, parents, the education and/or legal systems). They will appreciate and respect the major contributions various treatment modalities have to offer in the effective treatment of carious pediatric mental health problems in an inpatient tertiary care setting.
Learning Activities
A. Didactics: Through weekly scheduled didactics, the student should become familiar with psychiatry sequelae of pediatric illnesses (delirium, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders , psychosis, etc.) and common psychiatric problems accompanying pediatric illnesses (somatoform disorders, behavioral dysregulation, maladaptation to illness, ethical dilemmas, psychosocial issues, etc.). In addition, information will be discussed regarding the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who present with safety concerns (suicidality, , agitation, etc.). B. Reading Materials: Chapter assignments from the Clinical Manual of Pediatric Psychosomatic Medicine by R. Shaw & D. DeMaso (2006) and Child Adolescent Psychiatry, edited by M. Lewis (2002) C. Psychiatry GRand Rounds-weekly D. Case conference with psychology-twice per month E. Clinical research opportunities in collaboration with the following departments: Emergency Medicine, Hematology-Oncology, Adolescent Medicine, etc.).
Evaluation Methods
A. Separate thirty minute multiple-choice and matching examination focused on pediatric consultation liaison topics will be administered on the first and last days of the scheduled rotation. This examination will cover the topics presented during the formal didactic series and case conferences. B. Direct faculty observation of student patient and family evaluations and presentation of cultural formulations and patient formulations will be done on a weekly basis. C. Direct faculty evaluation liaison topic of their choice at the end of the rotation.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: M. Elizabeth Hutchinson
Contact Phone: (832) 822-3750
Contact Fax: (832) 825-3747
Contact Location:
Address: BCM-350

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