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Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that derives its theoretical foundations from biology and the neurosciences as well as the psychological and social sciences. Psychiatrists are physicians with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness including disorders of emotions, thoughts, moods, perceptions, motivations, interpersonal relationships, culture, work, sexuality, and socialization. The investigation of the biological and neuroscience basis of mental illness is one of the most exciting areas of medical research today, and it is revolutionizing our understanding of mind-body relationships.

The Department of Psychiatry contributes to the overall mission of the School of Medicine by providing leadership in psychiatric training, teaching, research, and services in Hawai'i, Asia, and the Pacific Basin. The department is committed to expanding knowledge within a cross-cultural, biological, psychological, and social framework. The traditional courses have been replaced with the new problem-based learning curriculum. Psychiatric issues occur throughout the curriculum but are particularly emphasized in the second year during the Brain and Behavior subunit of Unit IV and in the third year in the psychiatry clerkship.

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