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Psychiatry (M85)  (Dept. Info)Medicine  (Policies)YR2023

M85 Psych 880Schizophrenia Precursors and Prodromal States (Clinical Elective)0.0 Unit
Description:Available blocks:6, 7, 8, 9
4 week rotations

This is an opportunity for trainees to gain experience in the evaluation of children and adolescents who may be at high risk for schizophrenia. The rotation would center around the "First Contact Assessment Service," which evaluates patients who show characteristics suggestive of prodromal schizophrenia (such as new-onset attenuated psychotic symptoms along with recent deterioration in functioning) and/or early life characteristics that may indicate risk for developing schizophrenia later in life (for example, nonspecific social/emotional/behavioral symptoms in a child/adolescent with a strong family history of schizophrenia.). Since the full symptoms of schizophrenia are often preceded by a wide range of childhood behavioral and developmental abnormalities, this rotation would also help trainees integrate information regarding the continuity between childhood development and adult psychopathology. Trainee would observe all aspects of First Contact evaluations (including semi-structured diagnostic interviews and examination of subtle neurological signs), participate in case discussions, and observe follow-up consultations involving patients with psychotic and/or complex neurodevelopmental disorders. Trainee would also be required to write a literature review on a topic relevant to the rotation.

Student time distribution: Outpatient 50%; Conferences/Lectures 50%; Subspecialty Care 100%
Patients seen weekly: Two, possibly more during summer months
Major teaching responsibility: Course Director
On call/weekend responsibility: None
Instruction Type:Internship/Practicum Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:None / History
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Desc:Instructor: Dr. Angela Reiersen
Location: Washington University Child Psychiatry Clinic, 4444 Forest Park, Suite 2600
Elective Contact: Saundra Streibig sstreibi@wustl.edu
Enrollment limit per period: 1
Other Information: Students should contact Dr. Reiersen via email one to two weeks prior to the rotation to confirm the schedule and obtain preparatory reading materials.


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