Goals & Objectives: Anxiety Disorders Clinic

The Anxiety Disorders Clinic provides consultation and treatment on treatment-refractory cases that are often referred from the Department, Hospital, and community. The Clinic is composed of one faculty psychiatrist, 1-2 resident psychiatrist(s), one faculty clinical psychologist with cognitive-behavioral therapy expertise, 1-2 clinical psychology interns, and 2 clinical psychology externs. This multidisciplinary team meets weekly in case-based discussions and didactic sessions.

At the end of this rotation, residents will understand and display competence in the following:

Patient Care/Medical Knowledge

  1. Techniques used in the evaluation of adults with anxiety disorders including evaluation of previous pharmacologic, somatic, and psychotherapeutic treatments.
  2. Initial and follow-up treatment (both pharmacologic and psychotherapeutic) of anxiety disorders, including strategies for choosing new treatment based on the previous treatment history and presentation of the patient; Familiarity with the literature related to the effectiveness of these treatment approaches, including newly emerging evidence-based medical practices.
  3. Interactions between drugs used in anxiety disorders treatment, as well as interactions with drugs used for medical illnesses ; side effects, indications and contraindications of the various treatments, and expected treatment response
  4. Techniques used in the evaluation and treatment of adults comorbid presentations of anxiety disorders and other major psychiatric disorders (mood, alcohol/substance abuse and dependence, etc.).

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  1. Education of patients about anxiety disorders
  2. Engagement of patients in treatment.

Professionalism

  1. Collaboration with referring clinicians/professionals and clinical psychologists.