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Training for undergraduate students
Enthusiasm for psychiatry is best developed at school

Apart from bedside teaching, there will be three lectures in 5th year, given by Dr Anya Topiwala "Dementia", by Dr Ivan Koychev "Interesting cases", and by Prof Klaus Ebmeier "Late-life depression"

 

Undergraduate Old Age Psychiatry Teaching

 

Lecture 1 – Dementia

 

Describe simple methods of screening, in primary care or the general hospital cognitive impairment

 

Describe the presentation, aetiology, assessment, and management of dementia

 

The term ‘management’ will be taken to include general aspects of care (such as where care is provided, and by whom), and general, biological, psychological and social treatment approaches.

 

 

Describe the indications, contra-indications, major interactions, and side-effects of common physical treatments: medicines for dementia, including cholinesterase inhibitors, and trazodone for behavioural disturbance

 

Describe the range of services and role of the professionals involved in the community and hospital care of people with mental illness, including the elderly.

 

Describe simple methods of screening, in primary care or the general hospital cognitive impairment

 

 

 Lecture 2 – Interesting cases

 

Describe the presentation, aetiology, assessment, and management of delirium

 

The term ‘management’ will be taken to include general aspects of care (such as where care is provided, and by whom), and general, biological, psychological and social treatment approaches.

 

Functional illness in old age psychiatry

 

Describe the assessment and initial management of other psychiatric disorder presenting in old age: anxiety, eating disorder, mania, misuse of drugs and alcohol, psychosis. 

 

Capacity and older adults

 

Use of Mental Capacity Act and DOLS safeguards

 

Lecture 3 – Late-life depression

 

Describe simple methods of screening, in primary care or the general hospital, for depression and anxiety

 

Describe the assessment, initial management and subsequent management of [late-life] depression, a common disorder which exemplifies the principles of the management of psychiatric disorder

 

The term ‘management’ will be taken to include general aspects of care (such as where care is provided, and by whom), and general, biological, psychological and social treatment approaches.

 

Describe the indications, contra-indications, major interactions, and side-effects of common physical treatments: antidepressants, including TCAs, SSRIs, mirtazapine, MAOIs, moclobemide, and the SNRIs venlafaxine and duloxetine

 

Electroconvulsive therapy