Advanced Psychiatry Clerkship in a Community Hospital

Sites: CAM
Director(s): David Bor, Todd Griswold
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month. Not offered August and April.
Location: CAM - The Cambridge Hospital (6)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: This course is offered to students who would like to develop clinical experience on one or more of the psychiatric programs available at Cambridge Health Alliance. Possibilities include inpatient services, outpatient department, child inpatient and outpatient services, consultation to medical/surgical wards, addictions services, psychiatric emergency service, couples and family therapy, Victims of Violence program, geriatric services, and a program in cross-cultural psychiatry (including Haitian, Latino, Asian, and Portuguese clinics). With the course director, each student will tailor a program fitted to his/her particular interests. In addition to the clinical work, reading tutorials and individual preceptorships are available. Students should contact the course director prior to the start of the rotation to confirm the availability of specific clinical services.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Students meet with the course director or an appropriate preceptor to discuss cases and readings, which include recent articles tailored and relevant to the clinical settings. The readings address the evidence base for clinical treatment and the relevant basic science for the particular treatment setting or population served. In the clinical work, evidence-based medicine is incorporated into ongoing treatment.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: The student is highly motivated, always reliable and organized, and works particularly well with patients, staff, and faculty. Clinical work, growth in fund of knowledge, and motivation for learning are excellent to outstanding in most areas. Honors: The student is motivated, solidly reliable and organized, and works well with patients, staff, and faculty. Clinical work, growth in fund of knowledge, and motivation for learning are very good or excellent in several areas. Satisfactory: The student has met course expectations with basic proficiency; perhaps one or more areas of clinical work or professionalism fall somewhat short of expectations. Unsatisfactory: The student has demonstrated significant deficits in a major area of clinical work or professionalism.