Intersection of Medicine & Psychiatry: Board Vignette
I am pleased to present to you a psychiatry oral board vignette written by a former Beat The Boards! Course participant and blog reader, Dr. Bernie Member. This complex vignette is very much a board style vignette in terms of length, complexity, and the medical-psychiatric focus. Dr. Member includes a detailed discussion of the case to help you think through the diagnostic and management implications. This vignette is of an adult and is thus most appropriate for the ABPN Adult Psychiatry Part 2 Board Exam. However, the concepts apply as well to the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Part 2 Exam.
How To Handle Examiners With a “Crazy Style”
The other day I received an email from a Psychiatry Part 2 Exam candidate who had a rough time with his examiners. He writes that they had a “crazy style” of asking questions. He reports, “What amazed me was that my examiners who were really ‘good doctors’ were able to check my knowledge in 10 min (and on vignettes in 3 min), by agitating themselves and asking these interrogative questions in such tense fashion that it got contagious and made me get agitated too. Jack, what do I do?”
How To Handle This Panic Inducing Board Scenario
I’m glad you’re reading this post. It may make the difference between passing and not passing your exam. The following blood-curdling scenario and it’s solution may occur either at the Adult Psychiatry Part 2 exam or the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Part 2 exam. And this frightening scenario is ….