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Psychiatry

Department of

 Psychiatry 

Academic Activities in the Department:

Academic activities take place both at the unit level and at the department.

The departmental activities include- Seminar which are held on Wednesdays at 4 pm and the Research Forum which is held on Fridays at 4 pm.

The seminars try and cover both the essentials of psychiatry and recent advances. Several topics are discussed in the form of debates, joint presentations or panel discussions to make them more interesting and interactive.

General Guidelines given to Students

  • The list for departmental presentations is put up every term in advance. No change in the program is encouraged once it has been announced. However, if a change is unavoidable, the junior resident is to contact the co-ordinator beforehand and obtain a clear directive on the matter.
  • No resident is allowed to take leave on the day of presentation unless discussed with the HOD.
  • Handouts regarding the presentation and references need to be prepared for seminars and should be circulated by email to all the faculty and residents in the department. The article to be reviewed in the Journal Club should be made available in the department notice board atleast one week in advance and should also be circulated electronically.
  • A copy of the seminar presentation needs to be submitted to the coordinator concerned.
  • All residents are encouraged to attend the teaching programmes without fail. A minimum of 75% attendance is mandatory for appearing in the final examinations.
  • Assessment of students is done based on the regularity of attendance, level of participation as well as the quality of presentation.

Modular Program

This series focuses on specialized aspects of clinical psychiatry. The purpose is to encourage students to keep abreast of theoretical aspects of psychiatry on a regular basis. The length of each module varies between 4 to 6 weeks. An outline of the suggested topics in the area and a list of key references is provided to the trainees by the coordinator. While faculty members give lectures on important topics, the emphasis is on the trainees to take the initiative to equip themselves with the necessary information in the area concerned. At the end of the module there is a formal evaluation. Some of the modules are- forensic psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, CLP, Rehabilitation and Addiction psychiatry.

Unit Level Teaching Programme

Topic discussions take place at least once a week. During the first three months of training the focus will be on Psychopathology and in the next three months on Nosology and Classification. Each unit carries out assessments of the students once these sessions are complete and enter their performance in the log book provided. Case discussions –take place at the unit level once a week. Further programmes are organized depending upon the interest of junior residents. Participation in all unit programmes is mandatory.

Special Courses

There are several special training programmes during the first three months at the departmental level –clinical assessments, psychiatric emergencies, presentation skills and basic aspects of clinical psychopharmacology. The second and third years have workshops on research methodology. The format and content of these training schedules is left to the discretion of the coordinator.

Workshops – Several topics are handled as two to three hour workshops. During these workshops several innovative teaching methods such as brain storming, free listing, small group work, Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCEs), Problem Based Learning ( PBL) and role plays are used.

Training in Clinical Psychology for Residents

There are two separate modules of training, one in the first and the other in the second year, in Clinical Psychology for the postgraduate trainee residents. The students’ performance in each one of them is assessed through an examination and their performances entered in the log book.

Training in Basic Neurosciences

The program in basic neurosciences is planned in such a way that it is relevant to the needs and requirements of the trainee residents, with focus on both basic and applied aspects of neurosciences.

Log Book

The residents are required to keep a comprehensive record of details of their training schedule during their postgraduate tenure, in the form of a logbook. The entries with regard to various training activities, unit level assessments and departmental programs have to be authenticated by the faculty coordinator concerned. The residents have to maintain the records in duplicate: one of which has to be submitted to the department prior to their appearance in the final examinations and the other they can retain for their own personal use. Logbooks will be available in the departmental office.

Thesis

All MD students are required to submit their thesis protocol by the end of first year.

All MD students are required to submit their thesis protocol by the end of first year.

Thesis Seminars –
Two thesis seminars are held every year.

  1. The first is the thesis protocol seminar. The protocol is rated by two faculty members on specific rating forms and the comments are handed over to the student and guide. These suggestions and comments are then incorporated if deemed suitable and all the students do fifteen minute presentations in front of all the faculty and students. The group then discusses the protocol and offers suggestions for improvisation. The workshop lasts from 3 pm to 6 pm on a weekday. All co guides from other departments are also invited for the workshop. All students and senior residents of the department attend.
  2. The thesis results dissemination workshop is held at the completion of the analysis before the thesis is completely written. The workshop is held between 3 to 7 pm on a week day and all. Each student gets 15 minutes to present his/her results and tips on further analysis and discussion issues are offered by the faculty. This helps in refining the analysis and write up. Co guides from other departments are invited and all faculty, students and senior residents of the department attend.

Other Research Activities

The faculty of the department are specialized in specific areas of research and there are several ongoing research projects in the department. Interested postgraduate students are encouraged to become aware of these through faculty presentations in the department. Research work if done by the students is to be done during the free time after clinical and academic work. Research is encouraged among junior residents. The second and third years have workshops on research methodology.

Evaluations and Feedback- All journal clubs and seminars are evaluated by atleast three faculty members in a systematic manner using two forms designed for the purpose. The ratings are under 10 headings. This helps to chart the progress of student’s performance and ensure standards. The ratings are for content, presentation style, slides, time management, answering questions and handouts.

Feedback is given to the student after each seminar or journal club by the chairperson based on these ratings. Prizes- From this year, the four best seminars and journal clubs ( based on the above ratings) and case conferences of exceptional merit are given certificates of merit.

Ongoing Assessment and Feedback

At the end of each unit posting (three months), trainees are evaluated formally through a variety of methods which include a written test (commonly multiple choice questions or brief answers) and a case discussion.

An individual feedback is given to each trainee at the end of each posting on their strengths and weaknesses. An assessment of the achievement of learning objectives mutually defined at the beginning of the posting (skill and knowledge based) are given.

All consultants and senior residents who have trained the trainee are present at the feedback. In addition to psychiatry consultants, those from clinical psychology and psychiatric social work also provide feedback.

Trainees are also encouraged to rate their own performance and that of the training received at the end of each posting.

Thus a trainee on an average receives at-least ten feedbacks and assessments during the course.

Feedback also focuses on punctuality, regularity, teamwork and active participation. Trainee stress and mental health is also addressed as part of the feedback.

Internal exams are conducted in Psychology and Basic Neurosciences at the end of the respective lecture series

 

 

 

 

 

 

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