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PsychEd: educational psychiatry podcast

Jan 27, 2023

Welcome to PsychEd — the psychiatry podcast for medical learners, by medical learners. This episode covers the mental status examination and makes use of practical and fictional examples to delve deeper into the skills and concepts


Learning Objectives:


The learning objectives for this episode are as follows:

By the end of this episode, the listener will be able to…

  1. Explain the utility and purpose of the mental status examination in psychiatry

  2. Describe the major components of the mental status examination and be familiar with some of the common vocabulary used

  3. Incorporate the mental status in a way that respects patients in presentation, documentation and formulation in clinical practice 



  • 2:37 - Learning objectives

  • 3:10 - Definition of the MSE

  • 6:48 - History of the MSE

  • 9:00 - Limitations of the MSE

  • 15:37 - Strengths of the MSE

  • 21:30 - ASEPTIC Mnemonic

  • 23:04 - Appearance and Behaviour

  • 37:42 - Speech

  • 51:51 - Emotion (mood and affect)

  • 1:03:51 - Perception

  • 1:08:38 - Thought Form and Content

  • 1:17:30 - Insight and Judgement

  • 1:27:40 - Cognition


Hosts: Andreea Chiorean (CC4), Saja Jaberi (IMG), Dr. Weam Seiffien (PGY2), Angad Singh (CC2), Dr. Annie Yu (PGY1), and Dr. Alex Raben, staff psychiatrist.


Guest Experts: Us!


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

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