Addiction Psychiatry

Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Jennifer Batel, Marta Herschkopf
Offered: Full time every month except August
Location: BIDMC - BI-Deaconess Medical Center (5)
Open to Exclerks:
Description: Students may add themselves to the waiting list for this course during add/drop periods but not during lottery periods. Prior approval required, please email Dr. Herschkopf;, forward approval to In this fast-paced elective, students will see inpatients on medical floors who have substance use disorders and co-occurring medical conditions. Students will also observe outpatient addiction psychiatry visits. An emphasis will be placed on learning appropriate pharmacotherapies and behavioral interventions for substance use disorders. Interested students may also participate in ongoing clinical research within the Division of Addiction Psychiatry. Students may take non-overnight call if desired and can also arrange to see new psychiatric evaluations in the Emergency department. The Addiction Psychiatry team consists of one MD, 2 NPs and 2 social workers. Lots of inpatient consults and considerable number of outpatient visits as well. Medical student would shadow MD which includes inpatient consults daily, 2 outpatient clinics/week and various rounds. Medical student would also work with resident from the psych C/L team who are assigned to see patients with MD. Potential to take call in ED.
Grade Criteria:
Shows above average reliability, skill, and collegiality

Meets minimal demands of the elective but shows little additional initiative or independence

Does not keep up with required tasks and seems uninvolved.