The primary goal of the MD course in Psychiatry is to produce a post graduate clinician able to provide health care in the field of Psychiatry:
- To equip the trainee with basic skills in psychiatry and scientific foundations in behavioural sciences.
- Has acquired the competencies pertaining to psychiatry that are required to be practiced in the community and at all levels of health care system.
- Is aware of the contemporary advances and developments in medical sciences as related to mental health.
- Is oriented to principles of research methodology.
- Has acquired skills in educating medical and paramedical professionals.
- Understand the relevance of mental health in relation to the health needs of the country.
- Ethical considerations in the teaching and practice of Psychiatry.
- Identify the social, economic, biological and emotional determinants of mental health.
- Identify the environmental causes as determinants of mental health.
- Institute appropriate diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative procedures to the mentally ill patient.
- Take detailed history, conduct appropriate ethically valid physical examination and institute appropriate evaluation procedures to make a correct clinical diagnosis.
- Perform relevant investigative and therapeutic procedures for the psychiatric patient.
- Recommend appropriate laboratory and imaging examinations and interpret the results correctly.
- Plan and deliver comprehensive treatment of a psychiatric patient using principles of rational drug therapy.
- Plan rehabilitation of psychiatric patient suffering from chronic illness.
- Clinically manage psychiatric emergencies efficiently.
- Demonstrate empathy and humane approach towards patients and their families and respect their sensibilities.
- Demonstrate communication skills of a high order in explaining management and prognosis, providing counselling and giving health education messages to patients, families and communities.
- Develop appropriate skills to practice evidence-based psychiatry.
- Demonstrate competence in basic concepts of research methodology and epidemiology.
- Be aware of and take appropriate steps in the implementation of national mental health programs, effectively and responsibly.
- Be aware of the concept of essential drugs and rational use of drugs.
- Be aware of the legal issues in the practice of Psychiatry.
- Be aware of the special requirements in the practice of Child and adolescent Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry.
Research: The student should know the basic concepts of research methodology and plan a research project in accordance with ethical principles. S/he should also be able to interpret research findings and apply these in clinical practice. S/he should know how to access and utilize information resources and should have basic knowledge of statistics.
Teaching: S/He should learn the basic methodology of teaching and develop competence in teaching medical/paramedical students, health professionals, members of allied disciplines (e.g., behavioural sciences), law enforcement agencies, families and consumers and members of the public.