Current courses:

PGY 2-3 syllabus (2017- 2018)
Course Director: Amit Etkin, MD PhD
Contributing instructors: Alex Urban, PhD;  Cara Bohon, PhD; Carrie Holmberg MD PhD; Ruth O'hara MD PhD; Sean Mackey MD PhD; Sergiu Pasca MD; Thalia Robakis, MD PhD

Goal: Rooted in translational neuroscience, the overall aim of this course is to introduce participants to neuroscience research relevant to the practice of psychiatry. The material covered is organized largely by neurobehavioral systems in which abnormalities can be seen in one or multiple psychiatric disorders. Since this course is brain-focused and translational in its nature, this organization keeps topics maximally neurobiologically-coherent, but often not DSM diagnosis-restricted. In general, it is the hope of this course that neuroscience will be an important component of clinical decision-making and that residents will begin to develop a comfort with neuroscience that allows them to discuss it effectively with their patients.As such, one aim of this course is to illustrate how a broad understanding of translational neuroscience presents a different and complimentary perspective on mental illness to that offered by DSM or treatment-focused approaches.

About the Practicum:

The major goal of the Assessment Training program in the Etkin Lab at Stanford School of Medicine and the VA Palo Alto is to help the predoctoral psychology trainee develop basic clinical neuropsychological and psychopathology assessment skills useful in the practice of clinical psychology or clinical research in a medical setting. This training program provides students experiences in medical psychodiagnostic and neuro-cognitive assessment across the lifespan, including experience with:

  • a wide array of psychological, neurocognitive, and clinical interview techniques;

  • clinical assessment in psychodiagnostic and neurological-related diagnoses with specific diagnostic formulation and differential considerations;

  • specialized training in the role and use of assessment in a clinical research setting

Students will receive training in report writing and consulting with interdisciplinary basic and applied science research teams working with human subjects.