Psychiatry Clerkship

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Course Descriptions by Site

PBSCI 637 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship – Fairfax (12)
Students will spend time rounding with providers on both adolescent and adult inpatient units learning about inpatient care and documentation. Students will have exposure to a variety of mental illnesses including mood, anxiety, psychotic, personality and substance use disorders. Students will also have exposure to a co-occurring disorders unit where patients have both concurrent mental illness and substance use issues. There is also an acute detoxification unit where students would learn about safely withdrawing patients from addictive substances. Student will also spent time working in a partial day program focused on adolescents and adults allowing them to work with patients transitioning from a more restrictive setting back to their daily lives. Finally students will spend time with a Behavioral Health admissions team learning how to complete a suicide assessment, how to determine if a patient needs admission and triaging patients for the inpatient units and for the partial program.

PBSCI 639 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship – Olympia (12)
There are both adult and adolescent psychiatric inpatient units where the student will see patients. The student would spend time rounding with providers on the unit learning about inpatient care and documentation. Exposure to variety of mental illnesses including mood, anxiety, psychotic, personality and substance abuse disorders. There is a 50 bed chemical dependency residential program where the students would be able to participate in initial screening evaluations, admissions, attend groups and in the provision of daily care for both adolescent and adults with chemical dependency. The student will spend time in the emergency setting with a mental health specialist learning about how to complete a suicide assessment, how to determine if a patient needs admission and triaging patients for the inpatient unit.

PBSCI 655 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship – Cheyenne (12)
Will spend time with inpatient treatment team- 2 weeks, also work with crisis clinician to get exposure to the ER evaluations. Learn about inpatient psychiatric care during this time. Daily opportunity to work with the consultation-liaison psychiatrist and see patients on the medical and surgical floor. Participate in ER evaluations with crisis clinicians and on call psychiatrist. Spend time with psychiatrists doing evaluation and treatment for adult, child, geriatric, dual diagnosis and developmentally disabled patients. Spend 1 week with each of the four outpatient psychiatrists including one week for child psychiatry. This is flexible and could be tailored towards the student based on interest. See patients in nursing homes with chronic physical disabilities- MS, Parkinson's disease, Dementia and brain injury with co-occuring mental illnesses.

PBSCI 660 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship
The student will spend four days of the week at Gallatin Mental Health participating in the care of general psychiatry outpatients. This includes patients with the diagnosis of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, substance use disorders and cognitive disorders. The student will spend one day a week at AWARE where they will work with a child psychiatrist and round on outpatients. At this clinic, the student will be exposed to child and adolescent psychiatric disorders and the cultural and social barriers to treatment. This rotation allows the medical student to have signficant outpatient psychiatry exposure.

PBSCI 661 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship – Helena (12)
Students will spend 2 weeks at Shodair Children's Hospital, an independent psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents. While the student will work predominantly with multi-disciplinary teams on the acute psychiatric unit, each student also will have the opportunity to work with the Shodair genetics department and teams on the residential treatment units. Students will work directly with attending psychiatrists with a focus on continuity of care of the same patient from the time of admission, to acute stabilization, to discharge. Students will have the opportunity to interact with treatment teams consisting of inpatient and outpatient members (including parents, schools, primary care providers, outpatient therapists and psychiatrists, probation, and child protective services). Each medical student will spend 4 weeks at AWARE, Inc., an outpatient mental health agency. Students will learn about a 'wraparound' mental health treatment approach, and how to work with a large treatment team consisting of non-professional supports, doctors, therapists and para-professional supports. Students will work directly with psychiatric attendings with the goal of working with a limited overall number of attendings during the clerkship to promote: 1) continuity of care - following the same patients over the duration of the clerkship, 2) increased opportunities - the student will be able to demonstrate competency in core areas of psychiatric care and advance in performing interviews and dictating/documenting patient encounters, and 3) mentorship - students will be encouraged to ask hard questions about the field of psychiatry, see what psychiatric practice is like in a non-university setting, and have a meaningful and useful experience that will be helpful regardless of their future medical specialty. This outpatient clinic experience will have a greater focus on working with children and families but also will include adult psychiatry patients.  

PBSCI 662 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship - Missoula (12)
Students work at St. Patrick Hospital with adult and adolescent inpatients and in the emergency room for emergent-care exposure. Students have outpatient experience through the adult intensive outpatient program, Pain Treatment Center, and in faculty outpatient practices. The students will see patients with a wide range of mental illnesses including cognitive, mood, anxiety, psychotic, personality and substance use disorders.

PBSCI 663 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship - Billings (12)
Students work at South Center Regional Mental Health Center and Behavioral Sciences Clinic with adults and adolescent inpatients, in the emergency room for emergent exposure. Outpatient experiences include consultations at the Community Mental Health Center, Indian reservations and prison. The students will see patients with a wide range of mental illnesses including cognitive, mood, anxiety, psychotic, personality and substance use disorders.

PBSCI 665 P-Basic Clinical Clerkship - Seattle (12)
Inpatient clerkship in psychiatry. Students have primary responsibility under the direction of attending psychiatrists and residents for diagnosis and care of patients at University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, or Veterans Administration Hospital. In addition to working with inpatients students will have the opportunity to work in the Emergency room, crisis intervention and consultation to patients with psychiatric dysfunction. Familiarity with psychopharmacology and short-term hospitalization emphasized. The students will see patients with a wide range of mental illnesses including cognitive, mood, anxiety, psychotic, personality and substance use disorders.

PBSCI 666 P-Basic Psychiatry Clerkship, Anchorage (12)
Students will work at North Star Behavioral Health with children, adolescent and adult patients. They will spend time working in residential adolescent behavioral health treatment facility with young people struggling with behavioral and psychiatric issues. There the student will have an opportunity to participate in screening, admissions, family therapy, individualized treatment planning and groups. Student will also spend time in the inpatient setting where they will see a wide range of mental illnesses including mood, anxiety, psychotic, personality and substance abuse disorders. Students will be able to work with children, adolescent and adult psychiatric patients in the inpatient setting.

PBSCI 668 P-Psychiatry Clerkship, Spokane (12)
Students in Spokane will have the unique opportunity to work primarily in outpatient mental health care. This is a longitudinal outpatient rotation in which the student works in different practice settings: these include and assertive community outreach team (PACT), a residency outpatient clinic, Group Health Psychiatry, Opioid treatment program, and child and adolescence psychiatry. They have a motivational interviewing course in which they get a foundational introduction, followed by weekly skills training. Students get exposure to patients with a wide range of mental illnesses including adolescent psychiatry and integrated mental health care in the primary care setting.

PBSCI 669 Basic Psychiatry Clerkship, Casper (12)
Students work in the Wyoming Behavioral Institute with adult, adolescent, and child inpatients. Students have some outpatient experience and emergent care assessment experience at the Wyoming Medical Center. The students will see patients with a wide range of mental illnesses including cognitive, mood, anxiety, psychotic, personality and substance use disorders.

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