Objectives

The overall objectives of the Department of Behavioral Medicine is to help the students to: 

  • understand and develop the right attitude towards health, disease and illness to show the capacity for critical thinking, constructive self-criticism.

  • respect patients and understand their feelings, recognize the necessity of good doctor-patient relationship and use a developmental approach to clinical problems,  recognize the importance of the family and Omani culture, recognize the value of behavioural sciences in relation to medical discipline.

  • acquire the knowledge of integrating biopsychosocial aspects in psychiatry.

  • recognize the importance of the promotion of mental health and the prevention of psychiatric disorders and also to learn about the impact of stress, importance of effective communication, the basic knowledge in psychology and various aspects of psychiatric disorders and how to deal with them.

  • develop the required skills that includes interviewing skills and mental state assessment, history taking and formulation skills, relevant physical examinations, treatment skills (compliance, prescribing, side effects of drugs), learning skills (self directed, independent learning and Seminar presentation), teamwork skills     (punctuality, respect for other colleagues, working as a team members giving appropriate attention to other team members – Psychologists, nurses, social workers, cooperating with medical colleagues).

Students are expected to work on their topic through their own research under the guidance of a resource person. This structure is in consonance with the general policy of the Department.

Mission

The department's mission is to promote excellence in research, development and teaching of psychiatry and its allied subjects and to apply and disseminate this knowledge with the aim of preventing mental disorders and developing treatment for the relief of suffering. Throughout our courses, we endeavour to inculcate in our students, the right attitude towards patients and society. This has led to our involvement in medical education. Our courses--both preclinical and clinical--are designed in a student-centred manner, to help the students develop appropriate communication skills and attitudes. Our educational efforts are not merely contained within the campus. We reach the Omani society in various ways--through the media, by giving seminars, workshops--to spread awareness of psychosocial problems among the public, and to wean them away from the stigma and superstitions that surround mental diseases.

What does the DBM logo stand for?

Our Department's philosophy is reflected in our LOGO, designed in 1998 after considerable philosophical deliberation.

 
 

Central to the logo is the Quranic concept of Tranquil Self, the ultimate state of psychological and spiritual well-being, and one that strikes a universal chord among mystics everywhere.  The logo also reminds us that biologically the neuron is a microcosm of the self, is the organic basis of behaviour, and needs to be kept at balance for optimal mental health. The open-ended dendrites indicate the department's acceptance of the ideal state of free flow between the mind, the body, and the environment. At an academic level, this open-endedness also reflects the department's all-pervasive role in shaping the future doctors, so that their clinical knowledge from various disciplines is firmly rooted on ethics and compassion.