Clinical Elective in Psycho-Oncology (Course Code: PSY-142)

Elective Course Description

The student will study the diagnosis and management of common psychiatric syndromes and psychologic management of cancer patients in the context of work with patients seen by the Psychiatry Service staff. The student will be given familiarity with liaison issues and a continuity consultation model. Basics of consultation liaison psychiatry will be reviewed during daily inpatient rounds. The student will be supervised and evaluated by clinical psycho-oncology fellows and teaching faculty during daily inpatient rounds.

Learning Objectives


  1. Obtain a complete psychiatric history.

  2. Perform a complete mental status examination including a cognitive examination in patients with psychiatric disorders.

  3. Organize and deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient’s history and examination.

  4. Distinguish normal from abnormal findings on a psychiatric examination.

Suggested Literature


  1. Psycho-Oncology Textbook

  2. DSM-5

  3. Clinical Manual of Psychopharmacology in the Medically Ill

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