The Psychiatry Clerkship is required for all students during the clinical years. Eight six-week rotations a year are offered at each of the two sites, Westchester and Manhattan. At both sites, students are immersed in clinical care and the day-to-day practice of acute care psychiatry, rotating on a variety of clinical services, including inpatient units, day treatment programs, and the Psychiatric Emergency Department. Both sites provide a core didactic program that covers the breadth of general psychiatry, and exposure to current research relevant to the field of psychiatry.
The Psychiatry Component of the Primary Care Clerkship: Members of the Department of Psychiatry provide a lecture series on psychiatric issues as part of the Primary Care Clerkship. Topics include: Interviewing the Patient, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Depressive and Bipolar Disorders, Neuro Cognitive Disorders, Identifying Patients' Concerns, The Somatizing Patient, and The Difficult Patient.
Clinical Electives: Students who have completed the required clerkship are encouraged to further their education in psychiatry by taking advanced clerkships or subinternships on the adult inpatient and outpatient services in Westchester and Manhattan, the Consultation Service in Manhattan, or in the Department's Child and Adolescent, Geriatics, and Substance Use Disorders divisions in Manhattan or Westchester. Descriptions of our electives and subinternships can be found in the Psychiatry Electives Catalog by clicking on the course number.
Research Electives: Students wishing to participate in psychiatric research are encouraged to contact any of the department's clinical or basic science investigators to plan projects that can last from 4 weeks to several months or longer.
Advanced Biomedical Sciences: A required course at the end of the 4th year presents recent advances in the basic sciences as they apply to clinical care. Psychiatry has a prominent role in this course, demonstrating cutting-edge applications for neuroimaging and other groundbreaking tools.
Advising: A committed group of faculty serve as advisors to students who are planning psychiatry residencies. The chair of the department is delighted to meet with students to discuss career options. Resources for Advisors can be found at AAMC's Careers in Medicine (CiM)