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Welcome Note from the Coordinator

Welcome to the Psychiatry Clerkship!
 
 As medical students you might ask yourself, “Why Psychiatry?”
The interaction between mind and body is quite amazing and intriguing. This interface often eludes both medical students and doctors regardless of their stage in training or career.
Physical illnesses often present with a variety of psychological symptoms. Similarly, mental illnesses may manifest in the form of practically any physical ailment. According to WHO (World Health Organization) several of the common mental illnesses encountered in day to day practice represent the most disabling of all medical conditions.
 
Research shows that around one third of patients in primary care settings have psychological problems, however up to half of patients with mental illnesses go undetected. Furthermore, of those diagnosed, a high percentage is not managed appropriately. Therefore, there is need for medical students and doctors to identify and deal with mental health issues.
 
The Psychiatry clerkship will provide the medical students with an in-depth experience in evaluating and treating patients with a variety of mental illnesses. Students will be exposed to all age groups, including children, adolescents, adults, families, and geriatric patients. An emphasis will be placed on understanding cultural issues in mental health.
 
This clerkship will serve to stimulate a holistic thinking process in the medical student; initiating awareness of the bio-psychosocial aspects of patients.
The overall aim of the program is to give students a broad view of the spectrum of mental health problems. Students are encouraged and motivated to make the best of this experience of learning and reflection in action as well as reflection on action.
 
All the best!

COORDINATOR

Dr. Saravanan Coumaravelou​
Assistant Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
and Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine, University of Sharjah

CO-COORDINATORS:

Dr. Hamid Alhaj 
Associate Professor
Department of Family and Community Medicine
and Behavioral Sciences 
College of Medicine, University of Sharjah

Dr.Mustafa Habeb 
Lecturer
Department of Family and Community Medicine
and Behavioral Sciences 
College of Medicine, University of Sharjah