Introducing the Psychiatry Mini-CAFE; a Reply to the Mini-CEX

Psychiatry Mini-CAFE pg. 1
Psychiatry Mini-CAFE pg. 2


Remember that post about the Mini-CEX, the tool for evaluating a resident physician’s performance conducting a clinical interview and examination? See the shortlink for a refresher,

After a try of the Mini-CEX, I decided to modify it for use by psychiatrists. Hey, I’m not going to copyright this. In fact, I’m interested in your comments and suggestions. I haven’t road-tested this yet but I plan to do so in the coming weeks. The Therapy component elements you might recall from another post, the one on the “Accidental Psychotherapist”, based on a lecture by my colleague, Dr. Bruce Pfohl, found at shortlink

*Source for the Mini-CAFÉ is the American Board of Internal Medicine Mini-CEX; permission for use given by Director of Academic Affairs—American Board of Internal Medicine. Mini-CAFÉ license: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, 444 Castro Street, Suite 900, Mountain View, California, 94041, USA.


Author: Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.