CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS ROTATING ON SERVICE AT ONCE. Two (2).
LENGTH OF ROTATIONS. Two (2) or Four (4) weeks.
WILL TAKE STUDENTS FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY? Yes, as long as they are rotating on other services in psychiatry or family medicine for two additional weeks.
LEVEL OF STUDENTS ACCEPTED Last half of third year (documentation of core rotation completion is psychiatry is required) and fourth year.
TIME OF YEAR OFFERRED. Flexible start dates throughout the year, excluding December.
PRIOR APPROVAL (FROM DEPARTMENT REQUIRED) AND ELIGIBILITY.
- Offered solely to medical students with an Army obligation (HPSP and USUHS.)
- Students from other uniformed services and civilian students from mainland schools are welcome on a space-available basis from November to May (excluding December).
- All students (except USUHS (second and third years)) will apply using the Clerkship Application form.
- The Student Coordinator will obtain permission from the appropriate clerkship official upon receipt of the application/form and will then inform the student of approval/disapproval via e-mail.
OBJECTIVES/DESCRIPTION OF CLERKSHIP.
- Outpatient clinic offering services to all children from infancy to late adolescence.
- Services include: acute and routine psychiatric assessment, multidisciplinary assessment for child <5 years, individual, family and group psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, acute intervention, and consultation-liaison work.
- Multidisciplinary team includes psychologist, social workers and psychiatrists.
- Objectives include the following:
- Develop a fund of knowledge that will provide students with the tools necessary to detect and manage common childhood disorders.
- Mastery of broad areas of skills include interviewing techniques, history-taking and mental status examination of psychiatric symptoms and signs; development of psychiatric differential diagnoses and a biopsychosocial formulation of childs’ psychiatric illness; and formulation of psychiatric treatment options, including pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.
- The fund of knowledge students must acquire includes the epidemiology, phenomenology, pathophysiology, treatment, and course of psychiatric disorders.
FREQUENCY OF CALL.
- Student will be on call with the chief fellow during duty hours for emergency evaluations.
- Overnight call may be pursued by the student, but is not required.
- Weekends will generally be free of obligation.
- Each student will participate in introductory seminars and will be responsible for all readings associated with these.
- Additional readings have been selected and will be reviewed and discussed with a faculty member.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS. Each student will be observed by a staff member or fellow conducting an evaluation of a child or adolescent.
HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED?
- The student's evaluation will be based on performance on both inpatient and outpatient experiences.
- This evaluation will reflect not only his/her fund of knowledge, ability to gather and synthesize information, but also his/her motivation, work habits, and interpersonal skills.