Top 10 Most Overlooked Topics on Psychiatry Boards

  1. Basic Neurology

This should not come as a surprise. The Boardvitals Question Bank has hundreds of Neurology questions to practice. Also, there are many good psychiatry and neurology books out there that can serve as a review including Kaufman’s “Neurology for Psychiatrists” and “Secrets of Neurology”

  1. Sleep Disorders

Reviewing all of the stages of sleep as well as the EEG changes in specific psychiatriac/neurological conditions can be a bore, but there are always a few questions on the PRITE and psychiatry boards on this topic

  1. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

This is a big topic with many particular nuances that differ significantly from treating adults, the child chapters of most of the larger texts should suffice for review.

  1. Development through the lifespan

You need to remember what behaviors are normal during the specific phases of development and what is considered pathological. Staple board questions give a short case and ask the appropriate stage of the individual or want to know if a behavior is normative.

  1. Professionalism/Ethics

Some of the content of these questions does not readily come up in lectures, text books or even real life for many young psychiatric trainees. The APA has a written guideline for ethics.

  1. Somatoform Disorders

They tend to be rare in the clinical setting and after a while when the criteria are not reexamined, they can all seem to meld together. Do plenty of practice questions to brush up.

  1. CYP450 enzymes and drug/drug interactions

There is a lot of practical knowledge to be gained in the clinical setting about which drugs not to mix, however there is much to be said about cramming for the less common medications that account for classic drug-drug interactions. Psychopharmacology texts and practice questions like these (Boardvitals explanations have charts and tables for easy review) are key here.

  1. Who’s who in Psychiatry

All the big names and their associated theories tend to pop up on the PRITE and Boards. Not only is it good practice to know our roots, it also pays off with some bonus points on PRITE and psychiatry boards.

  1. Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Psychiatry

Remember that most of these pharmaceutical options like Kava Kava, St. John’s Wort etc. have significant interactions that come up on psychiatry boards.

  1. Disparities in Psychiatric Care

Cultural differences, gender differences, sexual orientation and racial-ethnic disparities are all important treatment considerations and do come up on the PRITE and Boards