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Study Guide for the Psychiatry Board Examination

Edited by Philip R. Muskin, M.D., and Anna L. Dickerman, M.D.

  • 2016
  • 498 Pages
  • ISBN 978-1-61537-033-7
  • Item #37033


Psychiatrists and residents are faced with the important—but what may feel overwhelming—task of refreshing their knowledge of the whole of psychiatric practice, typically while remaining engaged in full-time clinical activity. Psychiatrists will find the logical structure, substantive questions, and thorough explanations provided by the Study Guide for the Psychiatry Board Examination to be as reassuring as they are educational. Although readers are advised to consult a range of resources in preparation for the examination, this guide is indispensable. It is the first and only guide to reflect the revisions contained in DSM-5®, and it will ably assume a primary role in the study and review process.

The guide is designed for maximum usefulness, with specific features and attributes to support knowledge recall and successful examination performance.

  • The authors are from a cross-section of accomplished students, fellows, and junior and senior faculty, all of whom have faced or will face the board examination and who understand its importance to the profession.
  • Topics were determined by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification Examination in Psychiatry 2015 Content Blueprint.
  • The approximately 400 questions were formulated from information extracted from widely available American Psychiatric Publishing textbooks and accurately reflect the accepted psychiatric knowledge base.
  • Each multiple choice question is followed by an explanation of why the correct answer is correct and the others are incorrect, and every question and explanation is referenced, directing the reader to the primary material for more in-depth learning and study.
  • The volume was designed as a study guide for both the initial psychiatry board examination and the recertification examination.

The process of working through the study guide will allow the reader to identify areas of strength and weakness, initiate further study, and test and retest knowledge, ultimately preparing for the examination's rigors. Only the Study Guide for the Psychiatry Board Examination offers support for the new, DSM-5®—compatible examination, and that alone renders it essential.


Part I: Questions
Chapter 1. Anthropology/Sociology/Ethology/Psychology
Chapter 2. Anxiety Disorders
Chapter 3. Bipolar Disorders
Chapter 4. Dangerousness
Chapter 5. Depressive Disorders
Chapter 6. Development: Adulthood
Chapter 7. Development: Infancy Through Adolescence
Chapter 8. Developmental Issues in Older Adults
Chapter 9. Diagnostic Procedures
Chapter 10. Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Chapter 11. Dissociative Disorders
Chapter 12. Elimination Disorders
Chapter 13. Epidemiology and Public Policy: Health Care Economics/Public Policy Issues
Chapter 14. Feeding and Eating Disorders
Chapter 15. Law
Chapter 16. Mental Status
Chapter 17. Neurocognitive Disorders
Chapter 18. Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Chapter 19. Nonpharmacological Somatic Treatments
Chapter 20. Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders
Chapter 21. Paraphilic Disorders
Chapter 22. Personality Disorders
Chapter 23. Principles of Psychopharmacology
Chapter 24. Professionalism
Chapter 25. Psychiatric Consultation
Chapter 26. Psychiatric Interview
Chapter 27. Psychoanalysis
Chapter 28. Psychological Testing
Chapter 29. Psychopharmacology
Chapter 30. Psychosocial Interventions
Chapter 31. Psychotherapies
Chapter 32. Research/Biostatistics
Chapter 33. Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Chapter 34. Sexual Dysfunction/Gender Dysphoria
Chapter 35. Sleep-Wake Disorders
Chapter 36. Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
Chapter 37. Special Topics: Seclusion/Risk Management/Abuse and Neglect
Chapter 38. Spirituality
Chapter 39. Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders
Chapter 40. Suicidality
Chapter 41. Trauma- and Stressor-Related Disorders
Part II: Answer Guide


Iqbal Ike Ahmed, M.D., FRCPsych (U.K.)
Alanna Chait, M.D.
Rachel Caravella, M.D.
Stephanie Cheung, M.D.
Adam Critchfield, M.D.
Catherine Daniels-Brady, M.D.
Meena Dasari, Ph.D.
Anna L. Dickerman, M.D.
Elizabeth Evans, M.D.
Christina Kitt Garza, M.D.
Liliya Gershengoren, M.D.
Jennifer S. Harrington-Knopf, B.A.
Yael Holoshitz, M.D.
Sarah Richards Kim, M.D.
Daniel Knoepflmacher, M.D., M.F.A.
John Luo, M.D.
Adrienne D. Mishkin, M.D., M.P.H.
Philip R. Muskin, M.D., M.A.
Sara Siris Nash, M.D.
Daniel P. Notzon, M.D.
Divy Ravindranath, M.D., M.S.
Michelle Riba, M.D., M.S.
Amy Rosinski, M.D.
Lisa S. Seyfried, M.D.
Yvette Smolin, M.D.
Oliver M. Stroeh, M.D.
Wendy L. Thompson, M.D.
Thomas E. Ungar, M.D., M.Ed., CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC, DABPN

About the Authors

Philip R. Muskin, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, Chief of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia Campus, and on the Faculty of Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research in New York, New York.

Anna L. Dickerman, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist, Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical Center, New York, New York.

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