Psychiatry Clerkships

PsychiatryClerkships.jpgThe 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.
The 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.
Fourth Year Psychiatry Clerkships
Fourth 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.
Fourth 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 or (206) 744-3443.