The goal of the psychiatric clerkship is to provide medical students with the basic knowledge, attitudes, and skills to recognize and understand mental illness. In addition, students are exposed to a wide range of therapeutic strategies used to treat patients with mental illness. Each student will also have the opportunity to interview and present in a one-on-one educational experience. The student will receive direct feedback about their clinical and interviewing skills during these sessions.
The third-year medical student psychiatry clerkship rotates for six weeks in Tucson. We have three primary sites for the clerkship: Main Campus (BUMC-Tucson), South Campus (BUMC-South), the VA (Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System) and Banner-University Medicine Crisis Response Center (CRC). Didactic and clinical instruction is provided by the psychiatry faculty and residents. Inpatient, outpatient, and consultation experiences vary according to the clinical site. A multiple-choice, web-based examination is required at the end of the rotation. This rotation is graded as Honors, High Pass, Pass, and Fail.
Fourth-year Medical Student Electives
Senior medical students interested in enrolling in one of the psychiatry electives can do so through Oasis. Visiting student enrollment is done through VSLO.