Psychiatry Clerkship

Welcome to the Psychiatry Clerkship (PSC 608)

The MSU Psychiatry Clerkship is a four-week clinical experience for students in the College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine.  The clerkship is community based.  Students participate in clinical care in a number of settings including hospitals, offices, community mental health centers and rehabilitation facilities.  The clerkship is designed to expose students to the contemporary practice of psychiatry.

All sites share common goals and objectives.  The major focus of our clerkship experience is to develop skills in interviewing, diagnosing and clinical decision making in the psychiatric care of patients.  At the end of the clerkship our students have a greater appreciation for the depth and complexity of mental illness and its impact on patients’ quality of life and health. 

Our students perform very well on the behavioral science components of board exams, a tribute to the excellent preceptors that form the cornerstone of our program.  Students will learn about the impact of psychiatric conditions on medical illness, knowledge that is critical in the successful practice of medicine.

Students will be assigned patients to follow throughout the clerkship.  In addition, an online module system is required for students to provide them with basic didactic information on major topics in psychiatry.  An assessment of the student’s basic interviewing and diagnostic skills will be completed during the clerkship.  At the end of the rotation, all students are required to successfully pass the National Board of Medical Examination in Psychiatry. 

Clerkship Director

Brian Smith, MD
Lead Clerkship Director, Instructor of Record
Clerkship Director, Lansing Campus

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