Content Outline and Assessment Objectives
The Psychiatry examination is designed for end-of-course or end-of-clinical rotation/clerkship assessment for students enrolled at a college of osteopathic medicine (COM). Individual COMs may also administer the examination at other times in accord with their curriculum goals and mission. This examination emphasizes core knowledge and elements of osteopathic principles and practice in the discipline of Psychiatry that are essential for the pre-doctoral osteopathic medical student.
The exam blueprint below contains the Psychiatry topics covered in two dimensions: Dimension 1 – Patient Presentation and Dimension 2 – Physician Tasks.
Dimension 1: Patient Presentation
|Anxiety Disorders/Trauma-Related Disorders/Obsessive Compulsive Disorders||11–17%|
|Psychiatric Illness Related to a General Medical Condition||4–9%|
|Schizophrenia Spectrum and Related Disorders||4–8%|
|Somatic Symptom-Related Disorders||4–8%|
|Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders/Eating Disorders/Sexual Disorders||9–15%|
Dimension 2: Physician Tasks
|Health Promotion/Disease Prevention/Health Care Delivery||5–20%|
|History & Physical Examination||25–45%|
|Scientific Understanding of Health & Disease Mechanisms||10–25%|
General Learner-Centered Objectives
Based on general learner-centered objectives, as outlined in the Psychiatry Examination Blueprint, the examinee will be required to demonstrate the ability to apply:
- Foundational content knowledge to situations and patient presentations encountered in clinical settings and important to Psychiatry.
- Foundational content knowledge and clinical problem-solving ability related to particular physician tasks critical to Psychiatry.
- Knowledge and clinical problem-solving as related to the Fundamental Osteopathic Medical Competency Domains, including osteopathic principles and practice and OMT, osteopathic medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, professionalism and patient care.
- Osteopathic principles and practice in commonly encountered patient care scenarios.
Selected Specific Learner-Centered Objectives for Psychiatry
For Psychiatry, the examinee will be required to demonstrate the ability to diagnose and manage selected patient presentations and clinical situations involving, but not limited to:
- Common Psychiatric Conditions: disorders presenting in the pediatric age group; delirium, dementia, amnestic and related disorders; schizophrenia and related disorders, psychiatric illness due to a general medical condition, somatic dysfunction in psychiatric conditions, substance-related disorders, eating disorders, sexual disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, adjustment disorders and personality disorders
- Health Promotion/Disease Prevention/Health Care Delivery: assessment of dangerousness, genetic counseling, cross-cultural issues, physician-patient relationship, health care financing and cost effectiveness, and medical ethics
- History and Physical Examination: assessment methods (laboratory, neuroimaging, neurophysiologic, and psychological testing), interviewing, rating scales, assessment of physical findings and historical information, mental status examination, structural examination and DSM diagnosis
- Management: evidence-based decision making, psychosocial interventions, clinical psychopharmacology and related somatic treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy, treatment complications, osteopathic manipulative treatment and treatment guidelines/best practices
- Scientific Understanding of Health and Disease Mechanisms: mental health epidemiology, psychosocial foundations, neurobiological foundations, epigenetics, viscerosomatic relationships and other osteopathic principles
Selected Student and Faculty Learning Resources for Psychiatry
In addition to the aforementioned objectives, examples of supplementary resources used by the NBOME to inform the development of the Psychiatry exam are listed below:
- Association of Directors of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry (ADMSEP) – Educational Objectives for a Junior Psychiatry Clerkship
- American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) – Educational Council on Osteopathic Principles (ECOP)
- American Osteopathic Association (AOA) – Neurology and Psychiatry
- American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and American College of Osteopathic Neurologists and Psychiatrists (ACONP) – Basic Standards for Residency Training in General Psychiatry
The Psychiatry Practice Exam is primarily designed to assist the candidate in navigating through the examination, and it is provided to facilitate the actual testing experience. It is not designed to give the candidate a score or provide information about how a candidate might actually perform on the examination. When an answer choice is selected, it will not be recorded for scoring and the selection will not be saved once another item is viewed. If you wish to track your answer choices, you must record them on your own. A special function is provided that allows you to view the correct answer for each item by clicking on the “Show Answer” button located below the answer choices. The “Show Answer” button will not appear on the actual examination.
Launch the Psychiatry Practice Exam
Following is a select number of resources related to the discipline of Psychiatry:
|Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)||APA||5th Edition (DSM-5)||2013|
|Synopsis of Psychiatry||Kaplan & Saddock||11th Edition||2014|
|Introductory Textbook of Psychiatry||Andreasen & Black||6th Edition||2014|
|An Osteopathic Approach to Diagnosis and Treatment||DiGiovanna||3rd Edition||2004|
|Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine||AOA||3rd Edition||2010|
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