Duration: 4 weeks

Period offered: All

Enrollment/Period: 2 maximum, upon availability

Prerequisites: Open to 4th year medical students interested in Psychiatry


  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Child Psychiatry – Inpatient, with possible outpatient experiences
  • Outpatient/Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
  • Addiction Psychiatry

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
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