1. Physician Assistant Program
  2. PAM 506 Psychiatry/Addiction Medicine

PAM 506 Psychiatry/Addiction Medicine| Course

Prerequisite: PAM 502 & PAM 505

This course is designed to familiarize the student with the range of child, adolescent, and adult psychiatric and addiction issues seen in clinical practice across the lifespan. Emphasis will be placed on diagnostic issues, etiology, and treatment-related to each of these conditions. Students will be provided a solid foundation in the fundamentals of the evaluation, diagnosis, pharmacotherapy, behavioral therapy, counseling, and appropriate referral of patients with mental health disorders.

Major psychiatric diagnostic categories will be addressed including affective disorders, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, substance abuse disorders, geriatrics disorders, child and adolescent disorders, somatization disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, autism, and personality disorders. Child development, learning disabilities, emotional responses, behavioral and social disorders, and violence will also be discussed.