30 scenarios across 9 psychiatry domains

International Medical Graduates (IMG’s) wishing to practice in Australia need to develop a comprehensive skill set to get through their AMC exams. A key challenge for many is tackling the psychiatry stations and developing sophisticated  interviewing techniques for general stations. Psych Interview videos help you with both. Here you can browse through descriptions of 30 scenarios under 9 different domains. A Consultant Psychiatrist takes you through the various scenarios in a structured manner and a Consultant Physician covers important physical examination stations with a focus on interviewing and examination skills. Relevant scenarios have checklist slides for easy download and reference. The videos impart interviewing techniques and buzzwords, showing you how to tackle each clinical scenario effectively.

1. Mood Disorders

  • Perinatal history taking
  • Risk assessment
  • Medication and pregnancy
  • Medication and breastfeeding
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Take a competent perinatal history and perform a risk-benefit analysis regarding the management of postnatal depression. Explain the role of medications and psychological strategies in not only breastfeeding but also when planning the next pregnancy. The slides outline the latest evidence.

  • Detailed assessment of depression
  • Risk assessment
  • Precipitating, predisposing and maintaining factors in depression
  • Management of depression
  • Differentiating between bipolar and unipolar depression
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Complete a competent assessment of an extremely common and potentially serious condition, and equip yourself with knowledge of the relevant bio-psycho-socio-cultural predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors to devise a formulation. Manage a case of depression confidently.

  • Understanding symptoms and stages of grief
  • Understanding symptoms and signs of abnormal grief
  • Differentiating between grief and major depressive disorder
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Perform a diagnostic assessment on a patient who has recently lost a family member in a car accident.

  • Psychoeducation about grief
  • Stages of grief
  • Explaining the difference between grief and depression
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Provide psychoeducation about grief outlining the key stages of grief.

  • Assessment of acute psychosis
  • Risk assessment
  • Management
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Perform a competent assessment of psychosis and risk in a time limited setting.

  • History taking in insomnia
  • Psychoeducation
  • Management of insomnia
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Obtain a complete history of insomnia, diagnose the type of insomnia and exclude psychiatric disorders. Provide psychoeducation regarding treatment strategies. The slides outline the types of insomnia and evidence based strategies in the management of insomnia.

2. Anxiety & Obsessive Compulsive Disorders

  • History taking in anxiety disorder
  • Diagnosing anxiety disorders
  • Psychoeducation about anxiety to patient
  • Explanation of treatment strategies to patient
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Take a history in a patient presenting with anxiety and diagnose the appropriate anxiety disorder. Provide the patient with the explanation of anxiety and management strategies, including a detailed explanation of psychological strategies to manage anxiety. The slides contain a section on anxiety disorders and their evidence based management.

  • History taking in OCD
  • Ruling out co-morbidities
  • Explanation of exposure and response prevention
  • Evidence based management of OCD
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Obtain a competent history in OCD and provide psychoeducation to the patient including explanation of exposure and response prevention. The slides outline the evidence based guidelines for the management of OCD.

  • History taking in PTSD
  • Ruling out co-morbidities
  • Evidence based management of PTSD
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Take a competent history of post-traumatic stress disorder and manage the case based on evidence based principles. Provide psychoeducation to the patient including explanations of trauma focused psychological therapies.

  • History Taking in Panic disorder and Agoraphobia
  • Psychoeducation of panic disorder
  • Explanation of cognitive behavioural therapy
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Take a history of anxiety symptoms. Establish a diagnosis of the type of anxiety disorder and provide focused psychoeducation. Explain cognitive behavioural therapy to the patie

3. Psychotic Disorders

  • Addressing myths
  • Explanation of bio-psycho-social treatment options
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Sensitively address the important concerns in schizophrenia to a family member and explain competently the important aspects regarding the treatment based on bio-psycho-social principles.

  • Assessment of acute psychosis
  • Risk assessment
  • Management
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Perform a competent assessment of psychosis and risk in a time limited setting.

  • History taking in temporal lobe epilepsy
  • Relationship between psychiatric disorders and epilepsy
  • Medications and epilepsy
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Take a competent history from a patient with a particular focus on the presentation of temporal lobe epilepsy and its relationship with psychiatric disorders.

4. Drug and Alcohol Disorders

  • History taking in alcohol use
  • Differentiating between dependence and misuse
  • Perform motivational interviewing
  • Evidence based management strategies
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Take a competent history of alcohol use to differentiate between misuse and dependence. Perform a motivational interview which is an effective tool in affecting change as part of management. This will prove beneficial in the exams and your clinical practice, as alcohol dependence / misuse is commonly encountered. The slides outline evidence based bio-psycho-social management strategies.

5. Mental State Examination Components

  • Memory tests
  • Parietal lobe examination
  • Frontal lobe examination
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Perform a competitive cognitive examination which covers the basic MMSE and the important additional parietal lobe and frontal lobe tests to inform clinical practice. The tests are based on well known textbooks and interpretations explained.

  • Psychosis assessment
  • Mood assessment
  • Anxiety assessment
  • OCD assessment
  • Risk assessment
  • Assessment of insight and judgement
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Perform a competent mental state examination in limited time. This will benefit you for the exam and be extremely relevant in your clinical practice.

6. Family Interviews

  • Psychoeducation to a family member about Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Knowledge of Lewy body type dementia
  • Treatment of Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Bio-psycho-socio-cultural approach to management
  • Carer burden
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Provide psychoeducation to a family member about Alzheimer’s dementia including the management and psychosocial aspects.

7. Miscellaneous Assessments in Psychiatry

  • Diagnostic interviewing in eating disorder
  • Obtaining information for a bio-psychosocial formulation
  • Physical examination in eating disorder
  • Management of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa
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Complete a competent diagnostic interview, outline the predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating risk factors for a case formulation, and perform a brief physical examination in a patient with eating disorder. The slides outline the evidence based management of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa.

  • History taking in insomnia
  • Psychoeducation
  • Management of insomnia
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Obtain a complete history of insomnia, diagnose the type of insomnia and exclude psychiatric disorders. Provide psychoeducation regarding treatment strategies. The slides outline the types of insomnia and evidence based strategies in the management of insomnia.

  • Risk assessment in a self-harm / suicide attempt
  • Diagnostic interview to assess personality disorder (borderline type)
  • Crisis intervention
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Take a relevant history of a self harm / suicide attempt to establish the severity of the attempt and exclude any major mental illness. Ask the relevant questions to assess Borderline Personality Traits and devise a relevant crisis management plan with the patient. The slides cover evidence based psychological and pharmacological strategies for the management of Borderline Personality Disorder.

  • History taking of behavioural disturbance in a Consultation-Liaison setting
  • Management of delirium
  • Knowledge of Alcohol withdrawal and its management
  • Non-pharmacological management of delirium
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Take a history from a nursing colleague in a Consultation-Liaison setting about behavioural disturbance on the surgical ward. Explain the diagnosis and management.

8. Physical Examinations

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Examination of the gastrointestinal system.

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Examination of the respiratory system.

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Examination of the peripheral vascular system.

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Examination of the cardiovascular system.

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Examination of the cranial nerves.

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Examination of the thyroid gland.

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Examination of the neurological system of the upper limb.

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Examination of the neurological system of the lower limb.

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Tests in meningitis.

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Examination of the optic fundus.

9. Lectures

  • Criteria for metabolic syndrome
  • Important points in assessment
  • Principles in management
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Lecture on the criteria and management of metabolic syndrome.