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PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast

Jun 30, 2019

Welcome to PsychEd, the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners. In this episode, we comprehensively review the diagnosis and treatment of PTSD, and explore the psychological and physiological underpinnings of trauma.


Our guest expert is Dr. Dana Ross. She is a psychiatrist in the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto, Canada. She is also a founder of Trauma Education Essentials Inc. which provides trauma-focused educational webinars, online courses, and workshops to health professionals and organizations


The learning objectives for this episode are as follows:


  1. Know the prevalence and incidence rates of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  2. Recognize the clinical features of PTSD using DSM-5 diagnostic criteria
  3. List 5 common risk factors for the development of PTSD
  4. Identify 3 neurophysiological mechanisms underlying PTSD
  5. Differentiate the three stages of trauma therapy
  6. Describe evidence-based pharmacological and psychological treatments for


Recommended Readings by Dr. Ross:


  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk, MD
  • Treating the Trauma Survivor: An Essential Guide to Trauma-Informed Care by Clark, Classen, Fourt, & Shetty
  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman, MD
  • The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity by Nadine Burke Harris, MD


CPA Note: The views expressed in this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

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