3rd Year Psychiatry Clerkship

The purpose of the 6-week psychiatry clerkship is to provide Medical Students the skills of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with psychiatric and behavioral health conditions.  Clinical and didactic experiences will focus on DSM-5 diagnoses, psychopharmacology, basics of individual and group psychotherapies, and becoming an active member of a treatment team. Medical Students will have the opportunity to participate in the provision of psychiatric services at a number of locations in Boston and surrounding areas. Our sites provide medical students with opportunities to work with diverse patient populations. Our affiliate hospital sites include:

  1. Boston Medical Center’s Emergency Room
  2. Boston Medical Center’s Consultation & Liaison Service
  3. VA Bedford (Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital)
  4. Bournewood Hospital
  5. Brockton VA
  6. St. Elizabeth`s Medical Center
  7. Norwood Hospital
  8. Roger Williams Medical Center
  9. Our Lady of Fatima Medical Center
  10. West Roxbury VA
  11. Westwood Lodge
  12. Kaiser Permanente (California)
  13. Manchester VA

At clinical sites students will function as part of a multidisciplinary team, working collaboratively with the attending, resident, other mental health providers and members of ancillary disciplines.  As treatment team members, students will be encouraged and expected to contribute to patient care planning and delivery – from providing morning report of  clinical observations to more formal case presentations. In addition to clinical placements, all students attend Wednesday afternoon didactics covering core areas of psychiatry and may attend Thursday afternoon psychiatric grand rounds at Boston Medical Center. Evaluations are based on a clinical evaluation (70 percent) and performance on an NMBE Psychiatry exam (30 percent).