Psychiatry

Adult Psychiatry

Adolescent Psychiatry

and Research


300.0 Psychosomatic Medicine

Instructor: Jeanne Horner, M.D.

Location: Boston Medical Center (B-410)

Contact: Caroline Mulligan

Telephone: 617  414-7511   Email: carolinm@bu.edu

Number of Students: One

Period to be offered: Four weeks (Blocks 9-14 and 17-20)

Description of Elective:

This four week elective in Psychosomatic Medicine, located on the East Newton Campus with Dr. Horner is a core training site for the residency program and the psychosomatic fellowship program. This course offers a consultation-liaison experience, with a focus on clinical work designed to enhance student’s ability to understand and appreciate the psychosocial aspects of medical illness. Emphasis will be placed on the development of interviewing techniques and differential diagnostic styles and increased responsibility for the development of brief treatment strategies. Interested students may choose to focus their clinical work in a particular area of the hospital or with a specific service. In addition, the student will be required to do research in an area of interest involving psychosomatic medicine with the development of a paper and presentation to members of the Psychosomatic Medicine team at the end of the rotation.

This course is not intended solely for those interested in psychiatry as a specialty, but especially for those interested in the areas of general medicine and primary care.

302.0 Advanced Outpatient Psychiatry

Instructor: Neeral Sheth, D.O.  Email: neeral.sheth@bmc.org

Location: Boston Medical Center

Contact: Caroline Mulligan    Email: carolinm@bu.edu

Telephone: 617 414-7511

Students should report to Neeral Sheth, D.O. at Boston Medical Center at 7:45 a.m. on the first day of the course, unless otherwise notified.

Number of Students: One 4th year student per block

Period to be offered: Four weeks

Description of Elective:

This elective takes place primarily at Boston Medical Center.  Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty who have expertise in collaborative care, severe psychosis, HIV psychiatry, refugee mental health, adult psychiatry, child/adolescent psychiatry, and women’s mental health.  There will be an opportunity to rotate through Healthcare for the Homeless as part of their HIV psychiatry experience.  Students will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of psychopharmacology and brief psychotherapy, as well as participate in patient evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and management of side effects.

By working closely with attending and resident teachers, students will have the opportunity to learn about the diagnosis and management of psychiatric patients in the outpatient setting. The different disorders treated in these settings include, but are not limited to, the following: affective disorders, psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, anxiety disorders, cognitive disorders, and trauma-related disorders.  This will occur by rotating through several different clinics such as the integrative care clinic, women’s mental health clinic, clozapine clinic, injection clinic, refugee clinic, HIV psychiatry clinic, general adult outpatient clinic, and child/adolescent clinic.  Students will serve as a part of multidisciplinary teams engaged in treating these patients.

 

Electives at Affiliates:

305.0 Addiction Psychiatry

Instructor: John Renner, M.D.

Location: Boston VA Outpatient Clinic

Contact: Caroline Mulligan    Email: carolinm@bu.edu

Telephone: 617 414-7511

Number of Students: One

Period to be offered: Four weeks

Description of Elective:

This elective will provide students with clinical experience in addiction problems in the outpatient service, a core training site for residents, addiction psychiatry, and addiction medicine fellows. Students will participate in substance abuse treatment with methadone maintenance patients, buprenorphine patients, and alcoholic patients with major psychiatric problems. The major goals of the elective are to improve the student’s understanding of substance use problems, associated personality and emotional disorders, assessment measures, and the behavioral, pharmacological and systems approach to problem management used in this field.

 

306.0 Acute Psychiatry in Managed Care

Instructors: Carmel Heinsohn, M.D. and attending staff

Location: Bournewood Hospital

Contact: Caroline Mulligan      Email: carolinm@bu.edu

Telephone: 617 414-7511

Number of Students: One

Period to be offered: Four weeks

Description of Elective:

Bournewood Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in the community, is a core adult inpatient training site for the residency program. This elective provides students with the opportunity to learn acute inpatient psychiatry, including patient evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment in a multidisciplinary setting. Students will learn about psychopharmacology and short-term psychotherapy management of patients with psychiatric disorders. Many patients are enrolled in managed care programs allowing students to also learn about systems of care, managed care approaches to psychiatric and substance use disorders.

 

307.0 Adolescent Psychiatry

Instructors: Carmel Heinsohn, M.D. and attending staff

Location: Bournewood Hospital

Contact: Caroline Mulligan      Email: carolinm@bu.edu

Telephone: 617 414-7511

Number of Students: One

Period to be offered: Four weeks (Blocks 14-20)

Description of Elective:

Bournewood Hospital, a private psychiatric hospital in the community, is a core inpatient adolescent training site for the residency program. This elective is an excellent opportunity to work with adolescents with psychiatric and dual diagnosis disorders in a managed care environment. Students will be members of a multidisciplinary team learning about psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, family therapy, and other treatment modalities. Students will learn about systems of care and the interface between social and educational services for adolescents.

 

313.0 Preparing Future Physician Educators: Learning how to Teach Clinical Interviewing Skills to First Year Medical Students

Instructor: Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, Assistant Professor, Family Medicine and Palliative Care   email: Sem1014@bu.edu or Suzanne.Mitchell@bmc.org

Administrative Support: Caroline Mulligan, 617 414-7511       Email: carolinm@bu.edu

Number of Students: By arrangement

Period to be offered:  TBD

Please Note: Students will be granted only 2 weeks fourth year elective credit for this rotation

Description of Elective:

BUSM-IV medical students will learn how to observe, teach, and provide constructive feedback to BUSM-I medical students learning interviewing skills in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course. The BUSM-IV student instructor will be assigned a group of 4-5 first year students. The BUSM-IV instructor will be responsible for teaching these students how to conduct a basic patient interview, how to compose a basic patient write-up, and how to verbally present a clinical case in a concise manner. Prior to each teaching/interviewing session, the BUSM-IV students will meet with Dr. Mitchell to discuss training issues. The purpose of this elective is to provide the 4th year student with clinical teaching skills and to enhance their own interviewing skills.