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Table 2 Psychological Medicine and Human Development (PMHD) lecture content and practical skills reported by Year 2 James Cook University medical students as ‘being useful’ on their 4-week rural clinical placement (data derived from open-ended question)

From: Aligning an undergraduate psychological medicine subject with the mental health needs of the local region

Lecture content Number of students who reported this being a useful aspect of PMHD (including % of the 97 students whom responded to this question)
1) Assessing mental illness; including MSE, mini-MSE and ‘A SAD WISH’ mnemonic 49 (51%)
2) General information on mental health (‘all was relevant’) 20 (21%)
3) Depression, loss and grief 21 (22%)
4) Interviewing mental health patients; e.g., how to approach the topic, history-taking, communication, talking to family 15 (15%)
5) Anxiety 10 (10%)
6) Lifespan development in relation to youth mental health 10 (10%)
7) Personality disorders; e.g., borderline personality disorder 8 (8%)
8) Managing mental illness; e.g., intervention strategies, care plans, medications 7 (7%)
9) Suicide prevention 5 (5%)
10) Elder health; e.g., dementia 4 (4%)
11) Psychoses; e.g., schizophrenia 4 (4%)
12) PTSD 3 (3%)
Practical skills Number of students whom reported this being a useful aspect of PMHD (including % of the 100 students whom responded to this question)
1) How to undertake a MSE or mini-MSE; including ‘A SAD WISH’ and other mnemonics for interviewing patients with depression (appetite, sleep, affect, diurnal variation, weight, interests, suicidal thinking, hopelessness) 89 (89%)
2) Interviewing skills 20 (20%)
3) How to identify patients with a mental illness 5 (5%)
4) Suicide awareness, talking about suicide, and assessing patients with suicidal thoughts 4 (4%)