Psychiatry Undergraduate Education

During third year clerkship rotation students will focus on increasing competence in the following aspects of clinical psychiatry:

  1. Developing appropriate treatment relationships with patients;
  2. Working effectively with a clinical team;
  3. Demonstrating responsibility and accountability in patient care;
  4. Growth in reasoning skills required in comprehensive case formulation;
  5. Application of the general psychiatric knowledge base;
  6. Mastery of clinical skills, especially ability to obtain a psychiatric history and conduct a comprehensive mental status examination.
  7. Competence in treatment planning, including integration of psychiatric medications, behavioral and supportive psychotherapies, and practical problem-solving to improve patient quality of life.

Fourth year students will rotate on the locked inpatient unit and develop competency in the following areas

  1. Patient care – Students will be involved in direct patient care with a case load of 2-3 patients.
  2. Medical knowledge – Students will conduct a complete history and mental status examination, will gain experience in formulating a DSM-V differential diagnosis and in developing and implementing a treatment plan, including prescribing psychopharmacology.
  3. Practice-based learning and improvement – Students are expected to review the relevant clinical literature throughout the elective and to incorporate concepts into their clinical experience.
  4. Interpersonal and communication skills – Students will develop communication skills required for team work, working with families of patients, as well as with different hospital teams and consultants.
  5. Professionalism – Students will be expected to demonstrate appropriate professional demeanor, work ethics, and respect for patients and their confidentiality.
  6. System-based practice – Students will work with outside agencies and practitioners related to continuity of care of the patients they follow.