CAP II Eating Disorders Psychopharmacology Clinic (University of Chicago)

Patient Care

The resident will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Complete an in-depth psychopharmacologic assessment to determine the diagnosis of an eating disordered patient including:
    • A Psychiatric history
    • A Social and educational history
    • A Family history
    • A Substance abuse history
    • A Medical history and review of systems
    • A Physical and neurological examination, as deemed necessary
    • A Developmental history
    • Mental status examination including assessment of cognitive functioning
    • Laboratory, radiologic, and ECG studies
  2. Identify comorbid diagnoses commonly occurring with eating disorders
  3. Provide on-going medication follow-up
  4. Residents serve as psychiatric consultants for medication evaluations for non-MD clinicians in the clinic.

Medical Knowledge

  1. The Residents will demonstrate knowledge of psychotropic medications, including antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, mood-stabilizers, hypnotics, and stimulants commonly used in the treatment of eating disorders or in their comorbid conditions. This knowledge will be comprised of the following:
    • pharmacological action
    • clinical indications
    • side effects
    • drug interactions
    • toxicity
    • appropriate prescribing practices
  2. Knowledge of the associated medical complications of eating disorders, as well as other co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses
  3. Knowledge of the roles the the multimodal treatment team plays in the treatment of many patients with eating disorders.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

The resident will develop skills during this time to:

  1. Educate patients and families regarding eating disorders including the risk of morbidity and mortality, and treatment options
  2. Collaborate effectively with other members of the team, primary care physicians and other therapists
  3. Maintain a therapeutic relationship with the patient and their parents/ primary caregivers
  4. Learn to work collaboratively with supervisors and other care providers.
  5. Communicate psychopharmacologic information in a timely, clear and meaningful manner taking into account the developmental and educational level of each family member
  6. Residents will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with allied healthcare professionals


The residents will demonstrate a collaborative and nonjudgmental attitude characterized by empathy, respect, curiosity, and openness. Residents will also demonstrate the ability to tolerate ambiguity and show confidence in the efficacy of supportive therapy.

Residents will be sensitive to the sociocultural, socioeconomic, and educational issues that arise within the therapeutic relationship as demonstrated by:

  1. Respect for the patient's and the family's stress during evaluation and treatment
  2. Willingness to seek supervision for all treatments, especially those which engender strong countertransference responses
  3. Respect for the members of the treatment team and their differing roles

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

  1. The resident will learn how to educate families with eating disordered children and teenagers.
  2. The resident will receive feedback from the supervising attending, and incorporate suggestions in the clinical care of patients.
  3. The resident will identify their own strength and weaknesses in dealing with this clinical population, and work with the clinic supervisor to develop a plan of care to work on these issues.

Systems-Based Practice

  1. Each residents must recognize and accept limitations in his/her knowledge base and clinical skills, and understand the need for life-long learning.
  2. Residents will possess research appropriate skills and demonstrate the ability to obtain current scientific research and clinical practice guidelines to assist in promoting high quality patient care. This will include, but not be limited to:
    • use of medical libraries
    • use of information technology, including Internet-based searches and research databases (e.g., MedLine)
    • use of drug information databases
  3. Residents will understand how their patient care affects and is affected by other health care providers.
  4. Residents will understand the regulation of outpatient psychiatric treatment including patient confidentiality, HIPAA, state regulations regarding drug prescription and scheduled medications.