M.D. Psychiatry

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Program Objectives


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.

Learning Objectives:

  • 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.

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