Medical Student Training

Medical Student Education.jpgTraining in mental health has been a required component of a UW medical student’s education since the medical school was established, a testament to our belief that there is no health without mental health. Psychiatry training is embedded throughout the medical student experience and emphasized in both classroom and patient care. In addition, our department offers a wide array of opportunities for medical students interested in contributing to cutting-edge research.

The UWSOM Curriculum starts with an 18-month Foundations Phase that includes an emphasis on “Mind, Brain and Behavior.” Through traditional lectures and active learning immersion, students explore neuroscience and neurology, neurosurgery/trauma, sensory systems (ophthalmology/otolaryngology), psychiatry, and anesthesia.
Beginning in the spring of their second year, medical students rotate through six-week clerkships for a total of 52 weeks of clinical instruction. In the Psychiatry Clerkship, students learn how to recognize, diagnose and treat major psychiatric illnesses and learn the relevance of psychiatry to all areas of medicine. A wide variety of clerkship settings allows students to tailor their learning experience to meet their interests.
In the final phase, students can take psychiatry electives to explore psychiatry as a career or to solidify their psychiatric knowledge before beginning residency in another field of medicine.

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences also offers clinical rotations to visiting medical students, and a Diversity Visiting Medical Student Subinternship Program for fourth-year medical students.