Clerkships & Electives

Steven Herron, MD, Clerkship Director

Paula Haffner, Clerkship Coordinator
(520) 874-2179,

Third-year Clerkship

The third-year medical student psychiatry clerkship rotates for 6 weeks in Tucson. We have three sites for the clerkship: UAMC Main Campus (UMC), UAMC South Campus and Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (VA). 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.

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 the 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.

Fourth-year Medical Student Electives

Senior medical students interested in enrolling in one of the psychiatry electives can do so through Oasis. Students may contact Paula Haffner at (520) 874-2179 or via email at for more information or can view the online elective catalog.