Advanced Clerkship in Inpatient Psychiatry

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Stuart Beck, Donna Greenberg, Alberto Puig
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month. Not offered in April 2016
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: In the setting of MGH's locked 24-bed general hospital psychiatric unit, students care for patients, age 18 to geriatric, with acute psychiatric presentations often in the context of previous mental illness or comorbid medical illness. The student joins an attending-resident team, rounds each morning, and participates in the evaluation of new patients and closely follows team patients. Patients have a range of diagnoses seen in the general hospital: major depressive disorder, first-episode psychoses, complex medical and psychiatric-illness interactions, treatment-resistant psychiatric illness. With supervision from attending and resident, they help to manage the diagnostic evaluation and formulation of treatment plans that include somatic treatments and psychotherapies. They participate with residents and other medical students in conferences and lectures.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Students will learn the evidence base for assessment of patients' diagnoses and proposed treatments.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction:
Excellent performance in the majority of areas noted above.
Very good performance in the areas noted
Adequate performance and consistent effort in all areas.
Inability to follow through with care of patients on the service with the guidance of faculty and/or inconsistent attendance or effort.