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This study explores the usefulness of clinical rating scales in the assessment of suicidal risk in an urban psychiatric teaching hospital. Admission for clinically evaluated suicide risk was the outcome variable because actual suicide occurs rarely. Six clinical scales identified high-risk patients: the Modified SAD PERSONS scale, revised Beck Depression(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the influence of initial interest, pre-clerkship experiences, clerkship experiences, and enrichment activities on choosing a career in psychiatry. METHOD Residents in psychiatry at the authors' medical school completed a survey that examined each of these factors in relation to career choice. RESULTS Thirty participants ranked(More)
Although objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) are well-accepted performance-based assessments with good reliability, psychiatric educators have been slow to adopt this evaluation method, opting for oral exams that often have inferior psychometric properties. A 4-station "mini-OSCE" was developed and used to test 42 clinical clerks in(More)
OBJECTIVES To assess the incidents of patient-initiated assault (PIA) against clinical clerks during the first six months of clinical clerkship. To characterise the assaults with respect to service, location, clerk gender, patient gender. To examine the students' perceptions of the reporting process for PIA. METHODS A brief email survey was sent to all(More)
Attempted suicide and suicide are prevalent in individuals with bipolar disorder (BD). Extant evidence indicates that history of suicide attempts, percentage of time spent in a depressed state, and hostility are factors associated with suicide attempts and completed suicide. Childhood adversity (eg, sexual and physical abuse) is emerging as a risk factor(More)
OBJECTIVE Psychiatric educators need to develop innovative strategies to attract more medical students to psychiatry. In 2008, the University of Western Australia held the inaugural Claassen Institute of Psychiatry for Medical Students. This novel program aimed to increase students' level of interest in psychiatry as a career opportunity. METHOD Students(More)
Pharmacologic and cognitive behavioral therapies have been advocated in the treatment of bulimia nervosa (BN). Brofaromine, a selective and reversible inhibitor of monoamine oxidase-A was selected for a double-blind, placebo-controlled evaluation because of previous demonstrated monoamine oxidase inhibitor efficacy in BN and because of its safer adverse(More)