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Office of the University Registrar


Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Office of the University Registrar
4301 Jones Bridge Road, A1041
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799

Fourth-Year Clerkship Coordinator

Mrs. Xochilth J. Torres
Fourth-Year Coordinator / Registrar Assistant
Phone: (301) 295-3448
E-mail: xochilth.torres@usuhs.edu

Course Descriptions by Department- Psychiatry

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress

Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) at USU is one of the leading centers for studying and providing consultation in the nation and a part of the USU department of Psychiatry. Students wanting to take electives with the center should contact Dr. Benedek at 301-295-2470.

Research Opportunities in Psychiatry

Students wanting to take research electives with members of the department of psychiatry at USU should contact these members individually. Students can obtain information on what research opportunities are available by contacting Dr. Howe at 301-295-3097.

Research Opportunities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Students may apply for elective research opportunities at NIH. These opportunities vary depending on the research being conducted at present. Selection to these electives may be competitive with medical students from other schools.

Create an Elective

Students have another section of available rotations outside USU. Students interested in taking research or clinical electives at places other than those listed in this catalogue can create these electives. Students wanting to do this should request the curriculum vitae from the psychiatrist who will be their supervisor (advanced approval should be obtained if supervisor is not a psychiatrist) and the student should submit a listing of objectives and a description of the proposed elective to TSgt Saddler at 301-295-1515. The elective must then be formally approved by the department. Students interested in this option should start early since it may take several months for legal requirements such as a memorandum of understanding to be established.

PSR4430 Forensic Psychiatry

Students will participate in a variety of medical-legal evaluations to include assessments of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, and competency to make medical decisions. Didactics will address these issues as well as landmark medical-legal cases and military unique legal and administrative evaluations.

PSR4345 Partial Hospitalization

Students will function as a partial hospitalization physician under supervision and perform initial patient evaluations, devise management plans and follow ongoing treatment. Students may follow selected patients under supervision beyond the 4 week duration, if students desire. Emphasis is on accurate assessment, intervention, psychotherapy and pharmacology.

Sites: EAMC, MAMC, NNMC, WPMC, WRMC

PSR4310, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
PSR4320, Inpatient Psychiatry
PSR4330, Outpatient Psychiatry
PSR4340, Consult/Liaison Psychiatry
PSR4345, Partial Hospital Program
PSR4370, Substance Abuse
PSR4390, Hospice Care
PSR4430, Forensic Psychiatry
PSR4440, Ethics, Legal Aspects of Medical Care
PSR4490, Neuropsychiatry
PSR4560, Clinical Neuropsychiatric Assessment of the Brain Injured PT
PSR4570, Issues in Thanatology
PSR4350, Psychiatry Subinternship

Course #: PSR4310, Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Students participate in in-depth outpatient child family diagnostic evaluations and in the inpatient evaluation and treatment of preadolescent children. Full faculty supervision is provided, along with reading materials, tutorials, and one-way screen observations- demonstrations.

Sites: MAMC, NNMC, WPMC, WRMC, TAMC

Course #: PSR4320, Inpatient Psychiatry
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: With supervision, students involved in psychotherapeutic relationships w/ at least two patients. Expected to use process notes, live interview and / or video tapes in having their skills continuously observed & assessed. Exposure to psychotherapy literature, discussed in both tutorial & supervised sessions. Psychotherapy, audio / visual tapes are provided.

Sites: SDMC, TAMC, WHMC, Pendleton, Bremerton

Course #: PSR4330, Outpatient Psychiatry
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Students will function as an outpatient psychiatric physician under close supervision & perform initial patient evaluations, devise mgt plans & follow patients in on- going treatment. Students may follow a selected pts under supervision beyond the course's 4 week duration, is students desire. Emphasis is on accurate assessment, crisis intervention, psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.

Sites: EAMC, MAMC, NNMC, WPMC, WRMC

Course #: PSR4340, Consult/Liaison Pschiatry
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: The student will join the consultation-liaison staff in providing psychological care of the medically ill throughout the medical center. The student will attend daily rounds, liaison teaching conferences, perform consultations and follow patients with close supervision. Special interests ( i.e. AIDS, cardiac surgery, oncology, etc.) can be accommodated.

Sites: EAMC, MGMC, NNMC, PMMC, SDMC, TAMC, WHMC, WPMC, WRMC

Course #: PSR4370, Substance Abuse
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: The students will be responsible for the evaluation and care of patients with dual diagnosis, that is, substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders. The student will be assigned primarily to the dual diagnosis inpatient unit and outpatient experience will also be assigned.

Sites: TAMC, WBMC, WHMC, PORTSMOUTH HAS LEVEL 3

Course #: PSR4390, Hospice Care
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Provide multidisciplined approach to in-home palliative care & pain control for terminally ill. Encompasses nursing, social work, pastoral care, volunteers, home health aids and bereavement svcs. Focus is holistic, addressing medical, psychosocial & spiritual needs of patients/families. Particpate in home visits w/ the disciplines, attend lectures/observe output visits.

Sites: MHSB

Course #: PSR4400, Ethics, Legal Aspects Of Medical Care
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Students will be given assigned reading within the fields of forensic medicine or bioethics which they will discuss weekly with a physician, lawyer and / or a philosopher. Students may spend time with attorneys at AFIP, at ward rounds ( dialysis units, neonatal care, etc.) or at the Kennedy Institute. Students will submit paper in area of interest at completion of elective.

Sites:

Course #: PSR4490, Neuropsychiatry
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Students will follow psychiatric inpatients with neuropsychiatric signs and symptoms as well as consultation-liaison psychiatry patients with neuropsychiatric or psychopharmacological questions. Differential diagnosis will be emphasized.

Sites: WRMC

Course #: PSR4560, Clinical Neuropsychiatric Assessment of the Brain Injured PT
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: Students participating in the elective will be assigned to the Consult-liaison service. The staff will involve the student in consultation, work-up, and follow-up care of patients with suspected brain injury. The student will also participate in the evaluation of neuropsychiatric problems as they present on the Alcohol rehab unit.

Sites: WRMC

Course #: PSR4570, Issues in Thanatology
Course Type: C
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 5
(Letter/Pass/Fail): P

Description: To acquire ease and skill in relating to persons with terminal illness, and an understanding of the grief process in patients with terminal illness, and their significant others. Work with patients under supervision of faculty. Directed reading assignments and opportunity to reflect critically on students' own attitudes and beliefs will be provided.

Sites: NIH

Course #: PSR4350, Psychiatry Subinternship
Course Type: S
Department: PSR
Duration: 4
Hours: 8
(Letter/Pass/Fail): L

Description: Students will be assigned to an inpatient Psychiatry unit where they will serve as primary care providers & under supervision they will evaluate and manage patients as part of a team consisting of attending, nurses, and other mental health professionals and other students. Students will be supervised by an attending physician for each patient.

Sites: MGMC, SDMC, WPMC, WRMC