The UW Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral
Sciences offers clerkship opportunities for third and fourth year medical
students attending the University of Washington School of Medicine, and
visiting electives for medical students at other institutions. The overall goal
of the psychiatry clerkship is to provide a thorough introduction to Psychiatry
through supervised patient encounters, clinical teaching and a structured
didactic program, appropriate for students interested in careers in Psychiatry
and other medical fields.
All of our psychiatry clerkships give students
the opportunity to work with some of the most interesting and challenging
patients in medicine. An important goal is to increase students’ comfort level
in working with individuals with psychiatric illness, allowing them to become
more effective physicians.
required, six-week Psychiatry Clerkship provides both inpatient and outpatient
experiences to introduce students to clinical Psychiatry. There is no health
without mental health, and every physician needs a basic understanding of
mental health conditions and how they impact physical health outcomes and
treatment. Under supervision of attending psychiatrists, students gain valuable
clinical skills such as identifying psychiatric illness and performing
psychiatric examinations. Psychiatry residents may also be involved in teaching
at some sites. Students can indicate
their site preference from many locations offered across the Washington,
Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho (WWAMI) region.
year medical students can take a variety of elective psychiatry clerkships.
Programs are offered throughout the WWAMI region and may be two to four weeks
in duration depending on elective type. Elective offerings include child
psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, rehabilitation programs, emergency
psychiatry, and much more.
year elective clerkships are also offered for approved medical students
visiting from other medical schools.
Only medical students are eligible to apply for visiting electives –
these opportunities are not open to anyone who already has a medical degree.
Programs are available in various psychiatry specialties with a wide range of
offerings to choose from. Elective courses can last up to four weeks, depending
on availability of rotations.
For more information about UW psychiatry
clerkships, please contact Gayle Schneider, Psychiatry Clerkship Coordinator,
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206) 744-3443.