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Elective Name PSYCH 04
Department Psychological medicine
1. Type of work Community based and clinical
2. Place of work Community based
3. Structure of the appointment Structured
4. Timing Any time of the year
5. Minimum and maximum duration Minimum: 1 week
Maximum: 2 weeks
NB: Can be negotiated beyond the given limits.
6. Eligibility criteria for the elective students • Medical undergraduates with at least 2 weeks of clinical exposure in psychiatry or at least sixteen weeks of clinical exposure in any speciality
• Undergraduates in clinical psychology, occupational therapy and social work (to be negotiated on a case by case basis)
7. Subject area/s of elective offered • Mental health promotion including substance use and suicide prevention
• Outreach community based mental health clinics
• Home visits for assessment or treatment
8. Learning outcomes • Basic understanding of conducting community based health promotion activities including innovative approaches in substance use and suicide prevention
• Basic understanding of implementing and sustaining community based psychiatric care in resource-poor settings
9. Main activities during the appointment • Once-a-fortnight outreach clinics in the community
• Home visit to see a patient for assessment or treatment.
• Health education activities: Formal (e.g. health talks to clinic patients) and informal (activities at grass root level with groups like women or youth)