Training 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.
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.