Duration: 4 weeks
Period offered: All
Enrollment/Period: 2 maximum, upon availability
Prerequisites: Open to 4th year medical students interested in Psychiatry
- Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) – 90% PHP
- Child Psychiatry – Two weeks inpatient/2 weeks outpatient
- Inpatient Psychiatry
- Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
- Addiction Psychiatry
- Combination of Inpatient/CL/Addiction – Pick all three or just two
Global Clerkship Goals/Objectives:
- Introduce students to the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness.
- Understand the principles of behavioral medicine and psychosomatic illness.
- Develop skill in interviewing patients, performing a focused physical exam including a mental status examination, and in formulating and supporting a psychiatric differential diagnosis.
- Expand the student’s ability to understand the complex interactions between psychological, physiological and social factors affecting psychiatric illness.
At the end of the rotation the student is expected to:
- Conceptualize psychiatric illness using a biopsychosocial model.
- Perform a basic psychiatric interview with formal mental status examination.
- Detail risk factors associated with suicide / homicide / violence and describe appropriate interventions.
- Be familiar with medical illnesses that commonly have psychiatric presentations, including delirium.
- Be familiar with the role of the physician in assessing capacity.
- Elicit diagnostic symptoms associated with common psychiatric disorders, including: depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, psychoses, delirium and dementia.
- Understand symptoms and sequelae of common drugs of abuse and dependence.
- Formulate a bio-psycho-social treatment plan for common psychiatric illnesses.
- Describe pharmacological treatment of common psychiatric illnesses.
Evaluation: Clinical Evaluation
Methods to be used in student evaluation:
- Observation of performance by faculty
- Observation of performance by house officers
- Assessment of write-ups/reports