Since its inception in 1990, the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral sciences has been fully involved and committed to psychiatric services in Al Ain Medical District. The department was instrumental in establishing the Al Ain Psychiatric Division and the CME programs. Faculty members provide clinical services on an outpatient, inpatient and consultation liaison basis. The Department runs outpatient clinics in both Al Ain and Tawam Hospitals on a weekly basis, takes part in the regular ward rounds in the inpatient unit at Al Ain Hospital and covers approximately 40% of the night call rota. The department played an active role in introducing the official nomenclature of the contemporary classification and the diagnostic systems in psychiatry to be used in recording diagnoses as well as in communicating with other professionals. One of the hallmarks of the departmental activities in this regard is the organisation and supervision of the weekly case conference that takes place on Tuesdays of each week. During this activity, students, interns and residents present a patient either with diagnostic difficulties, management problems or with unusual clinical presentations to a large audience consisting of psychiatric nurses, medical students, residents, specialists, consultants, psychologists and social workers. This type of activity has proved to be one of the most useful tools for applying evidence-based medicine to clinical psychiatry. In addition, a journal club is held as an exercise for students and psychiatric trainees on how to formulate critical evaluation of published research work.
The department was instrumental in establishing child psychiatry services in Al Ain Medical District. The department is solely responsible for providing these services which include outpatient clinics, inpatients services and consultation services at Al Ain and Tawam hospital. In addition to providing child mental health services this includes provision of services in the area of developmental psychiatry. Furthermore, liaison services are provided to other departments in both these hospitals.
A child psychiatry clinic has been established at the School Health Center utilizing the structure and resources of School Health Services. Children are referred to the clinic by school personnel or school health physicians who carry out a routine screening program for all school children. The department has pioneered the introduction of a comprehensive school mental health screening program initially in Al Ain and then at a national level which has been hailed as a model for other developing countries. In this regard, training programs are offered to school health physicians in the detection and management of common child psychiatry problems.
The Department has operated a weekly primary care psychiatric clinic since March 1991. A crucial aim of our presence in the PHC setting is to offer educational programs to PHC general practitioners, in addition to providing patient care services. The educational programs to PHC doctors are tailored in a realistic fashion to address the weaknesses of the practicing doctors. Our target is to minimize missed psychiatric morbidity among PHC population. The psychiatric services are offered in a cost-effective fashion by making utmost use of available resources (e.g. space, paramedical staff, patients records etc). This has the additional advantage of psychiatric services being offered in a relaxing and non-stigmatizing atmosphere.
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