Upcoming Courses

Intensive Diagnostic Interviewing, Preparing for Part II of the ABPN Board Exams

Andrew Aldridge, MD; William Appleton, MD; Raul Condermarin, MD; David E. Creasey, MD; Rosaura Cruz-Niemiec, PHD; Salin Dahlben, MD; Frank Dattilio, PHD; Robert M. Goisman, MD; Bennett Gurian, MD; Thomas G. Gutheil, MD; Richard Marcus, MD; Donna Norris, MD; Jay Press, MD; Carl Salzman, MD; Graham Spruiell, MD; Suzanna Zimmet, MD

March 20, 2013 – March 22, 2013 | 75 Fenwood Road, Boston, MA 02115 | Massachusetts Mental Health Center More Information

Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education is presenting 3 days of diagnostic interview training. This course has been developed for psychiatrists preparing to take their oral board exam. The course is also relevant for other clinicians wishing to improve interviewing and problem solving skills.

In order to provide greater flexibility for attendees the 3 days of training are offered as two closely linked sub-courses, which we advocate taking together. The schedule is as follows. On Wednesday, participants attend a series of lectures outlining skills and strategies fundamental to exam success. On the following Thursday and Friday, participants have the opportunity to practice mock exams in small groups and receive individual feedback from course faculty. Diagnostic interviewing skills are particularly important in the field of psychiatry. The Clinical Skills Evaluation portion of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) certification exam is a new case vignette section that requires candidates to interview a patient live in front of a board certified ABPN examiner and present the case to board certified ABPN examiners in a concise summary of presentation and discussion of clinical data. Despite having book knowledge of how to conduct effective patient interviews, many clinicians struggle in the ABPN clinical skills evaluation and in their communications with patients, thereby impacting the quality of patient care. Also, this course will prepare candidates for the newly introduced ABPN case vignette section, including information and sample written and video vignettes. Participation in this course is strongly encouraged for candidates preparing for Part II of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Certification Exam in Psychiatry.

Teaching methods include participation in, and observation of diagnostic interviews, live patient and videotaped examinations, and formal presentation of clinical data. Diagnostic interviewing skills are emphasized. Course conditions will simulate the setting of certification examinations in Psychiatry. Each participant will have the opportunity to do at least one case presentation based on a live patient interview and to undergo an intensive examination by one of our faculty. In most instances, it may be possible for a participant to be examined on additional private live patient interviews at an added fee (paid onsite) of $300 per interview. Thursday and Friday are dress rehearsals for the Boards. Participants should wear professionally appropriate clothing.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Efficiently and effectively prepare for the ABPN oral board exam.
  • Implement a biopsychosocial approach to comprehensive treatments, with special emphasis on psychopharmacology and medical conditions manifesting as psychiatric disorders.
  • Apply both the conceptual framework of DSM-IV-TR nosology and also specific diagnostic criteria for major categories of psychiatric illness.
  • Apply learned methods for mastering their own test-related anxiety.
  • Demonstrate Cultural Competence on the ABPN Board Exam.
  • Demonstrate improved interview skills.
  • Demonstrate improved techniques for concise summary, presentation, and discussion of clinical data.
  • Master the newly introduced case vignette section of the ABPN. planing co mmite target audience

Additional Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: Up to 23.5


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 23.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Complete 3-Day Course: A maximum of 23.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
2-Day Course (Thursday-Friday): A maximum of 16. 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.
1-Day Course (Wednesday): A maximum of 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for the psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in affiliation with Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for the program and its content

Nurses: Programs meet the specifications of the Board of Registration (244 CMR).