Better Recognizing Vocal & Motor Tics
If you are taking your Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Oral Boards, then you need to recognize tics. And I have to share a concern I have regarding the performance of some of last year’s participants at the 2009 CAP Oral Board Exam Prep Course. One of our adolescent patients who came to the course to be interviewed by the course participants had a motor tic – and no one caught it! There were about 20 psychiatrists in the room a the time and no one caught the fact that this boy had a motor tic.
That is not good. Missing a tic disorder on the child adolescent pychiatry oral boards is as serious as missing Tardive Dyskinesia on the general psychiatry oral boards. Here is some important information on how to not to miss tics on your exam.
First Minutes of the Psychiatry Oral Board Interview
When you begin a psychiatric interview on the psychiatry oral board exam, your goal for the first minutes of the interview is to FACILITATE the patient’s description and elaboration of his/her psychiatric and life problems. The specific objectives are four.