Mental Health - VA North Texas Health Care System
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Mental Health

Dallas VAMC has two psychiatric inpatient units with a total of 42 patient beds. The inpatient service is divided among 6 interdisciplinary teams which include an attending psychiatrist, psychiatric intern, registered nurse, social worker, and pharmacist. The resident works with one of the teams and is provided the opportunity to interview, assess, and develop treatment plans for patients with various mental disorders. The resident also assists with medication reconciliation, medication reviews, and discharge counseling.

Common mental health disorders the resident will be expected to learn through literature review, topic discussion, and direct patient care experiences include:

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Substance Abuse and Dependence
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Personality Disorders

The resident is expected to understand the pharmacotherapy related to these disease states as well as any other disease states that are encountered during their rotation. Resident’s will be responsible for providing clinical pharmacy services to the interdisciplinary team with limited guidance and instruction by the preceptor. Resident learning is determined not only by the above responsibilities but also on acceptance of personal responsibility and dedication to direct patient care and being an active participant on the health care team.