PSYCHIATRY ELECTIVES 2009 - 2010
University of Colorado Denver
School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
PSCH 6620 Psychiatric Aspects of Great Literature Fall and Spr sems. 2.0 cr. Max: 15/Min: 4
Course Director, Robert Davies, MD, 303-724-2229. Course Coordinator, Jennifer White, 303-724-7401.
Writers, the first thinkers to understand the “whole man,” took into account his unconscious. We’ll
illustrate this as reflected in normal development and personality formation, symbolization, fantasy
and psychopathology using the characters and texts from Great Literature. Monday evenings at 6:30
PM, see syllabus.
PSCH 6626 Introduction to Emergency Psychiatry Spring sem. 1.0 cr. Max: 20/Min: 4
Course Director, Michael Weissberg, MD. Course Coordinator, Jennifer White, 303-724-7401.
Students will learn basics of emergency evaluation with particular focus on suicide, homicide, child
abuse, spouse abuse, and incest. Students will see emergency psychiatric consultations with residents,
staff or faculty. Two afternoon meetings with Dr. Weissberg and two shifts at Denver Health Medical
PSCH 6629 Medical Hypnosis Spring sem. 1.0 cr. Min: 4
Course Director, Steve Allen, MD, 303-741-0239. Course Coordinator, Jennifer White, 303-724-7401.
Medical hypnosis has a wide application in primary care settings, but most primary care practitioners
are unfamiliar with its use. Therefore, this course will teach students the basics of trance induction and
its application for pain control, insomnia and relaxation. Two evening sessions with Dr. Allen.
PSCH 6632 Denver CARES Elective Fall and Spring sems. 1.0 crs
Course Director, Robert House, M.D.
In this course students will gain confidence in performing basic H&P skills while interacting with acutely
ill patients in a detox facility. Requirements include volunteering a minimum of two shifts, as well as
attending the orientation and debriefing sessions. Two afternoon meetings with Dr. Shuman and a
minimum of two shift at Denver CARES.
PSCH 6633 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders in Medical Practice: Identification, Evaluation
and Treatment Spring sem. 1.0 cr. Max: 10
Course Director, Joseph Sakai, MD, 303-724-3182. Course Coordinator, Jennifer White, 303-724-7401.
Students will learn – and learn how to apply - basic identification, assessment and treatment of
substance use disorders through clinical experience, reading and seminars. Students will evaluate
patients in 2 afternoon clinics with Dr. Sakai (at one adolescent and one adult treatment program) and
2 seminars with Dr. Sakai. Scheduling will be based on student needs. Core reading will also
supplement clinical experience. Two afternoon clinic sessions and two seminars with Dr. Sakai.