In keeping with the growing emphasis on psychiatry in the medical school curriculum, problem-based learning (PBL) offers students a unique patient-centred, multidisciplinary approach to study and the synthesis of knowledge.
The new 2nd edition of Problem-Based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry integrates DSM-5 updates and diagnostic criteria, and is fully consistent with PBL models and methods. Building on the strengths of the popular and widely downloaded 1st edition, the 2nd edition is a clinically robust resource for both the medical and the behavioral science student. Over 40 contributors, many themselves graduates of PBL medical schools, apply problem-based learning methods to specific psychiatric disorders, general clinical issues, and bedrock physician skills such as the intake interview and treatment planning.
The book’s fictional case vignettes illustrated typical patient scenarios, providing real-world context for content areas, and accompanying case diagrams show the relationships between patient behaviour and underlying neurobiological structures. Each student-friendly section ends with helpful review questions.
A sampling of the content areas covered:
- Childhood development and brain development.
- Major psychiatric illnesses, including personality, mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.
- Stress, substance abuse, and violence.
- Eating, sleep, and sexual disorders.
- Coping skills and treatment compliance.
- End-of-life care.
- PLUS chapters on cultural sensitivity, ethical concerns, and the physician/patient relationship.
This book is ideal for first and second year medical students wanting to learn about psychiatry in the exciting context of realistic cases. It also makes an excellent prep/review text for third- and fourth-year medical students preparing for the USMLE Step 1 and 2 exams, as well as being suited to graduate students in psychology or clinical social work. Problem-Based Behavioral Science and Psychiatry encourages lifelong learning and helps build the foundation for a lifelong career.
Dr. Alicata is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Associate Training Director of the Child and Adolescent Residency Training Program at the University of Hawai'i, John A. Burns School of Medicine. He has published in the areas of neuroimaging, youth addiction and the integration of telemental health in education, training and rural workforce development.
Dr. N. Nicole Jacobs is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She serves as the Behavioral Science Coordinator and is the Co-Director of the Practice of Medicine Block. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Washington in Seattle and earned her graduate degrees at the University of Nevada in Reno. She completed her internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Veteran’s Affairs Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno, Nevada. Her areas of special interest include development and delivery of evidence-based treatments, integrated medical student and resident education, behavioral health care with a focus on behavioral medicine and the delivery of behavioral health care in primary care settings, addictive disorders, infertility, implicit bias, and cross-cultural issues.
Dr. Guerrero is Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division and Residency Training Program at the University of Hawai'i John A. Burns School of Medicine. He has published in the areas of medical student education and problem-based learning, Asian and Pacific Islander mental health, and the interface between primary care and psychiatry.
Dr. Melissa Piasecki is a professor of psychiatry and the Executive Associate Dean at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She is also on faculty at the National Judicial College. Her specialty is forensic psychiatry. She earned her bachelor’s degree and her M.D. from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She completed her psychiatry residency at the University of Vermont and her forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of Hawaii. She teaches psychiatry, the neuroscience of addiction, and forensic psychiatry to medical students, medical residents, and legal professionals. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and is a member of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.