2023-2024 / PSYC0240-2

Elements of Medical Psychology and Psychopathology


15h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in dentistry1 crédit 


Gabrielle Scantamburlo

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Psychiatry is a medical speciality that focuses on the biopsychosocial study of the aetiology, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders, which occur alone or combined with other disorders of medical or surgical origin.

Medical psychology studies the psychological and social aspects of the practice of medicine within the framework of the human relations doctors establish with their patients, colleagues, associates, medical institutions and society.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

In a continuum that is coherent in all the stages of the training, this course applies the CanMEDS reference framework.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

- Detect the signs and symptoms of common mental disorders

- Communicate respectfully with patients, without stigmatising them

- Apply a model of the medical interview that integrates communication with the clinical approach

- For each disorder: 1) be familiar with the epidemiological data; 2) apply the steps of the diagnosis by incorporating the decision-making algorithms, semiology and differential diagnosis; 3) argue the therapeutic possibilities by integrating the etiopathogenic mechanisms


Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course is mainly taught through lectures, presented in modular form and accompanied by discussions, educational video clips and a link with society. With the aim of favouring the active appropriation of knowledge, an online course is associated with the lectures and is available on eCampus. The subject is intentionally fragmented into short segments to favour its integration.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Online classes are available on eCampus.
Here, you will find all the documents presented in the face-to-face classes integrated into a learning roadmap (slide shows, educational video clips, psychiatry medical observation guide, etc.) and a toolbox including all the recommended reading.

Recommended or required readings

The reference work for the course, the "Référentiel de Psychiatre", is available online for free on eCampus, in the toolbox section. Here, you will also find decision-making algorithms, a psychiatry medical observation guide and a link to a free illustrated semiology application (AESP).

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Prof G. Scantamburlo: Gabrielle.Scantamburlo@uliege.be  

Secretariat: psychiatrie@uliege.be (04/366 79 60)

Students are expected to observe the rules of common courtesy. No response will be given to any mail that doesn't comply with these criteria.

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