Medical Students

Medical student education is a priority for the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Psychiatry faculty. We offer a curriculum that strives for the highest level of education for medical students, with instruction in the recognition and treatment of common psychiatric conditions across all ages.​


Psychiatry faculty participate at many different levels throughout the preclerkship curriculum for both colleges of medicine.  They facilitate small/and or large groups for CHM during ECE and MCE and participate in simulation exercises.  The Department also offers an Intersession Course on Psychiatry in Media.  For COM, faculty coordinate the OST 577 Psychopathology course and residents participate in small groups.  ​


Third-year medical students spend four weeks in the Department of Psychiatry core clerkship, assigned to faculty preceptors as they see inpatient and outpatient psychiatric patients. Seminars help students learn focused interviewing techniques, diagnosis, and treatment planning.​


Fourth-year students are able to select from experiences in different areas of Psychiatry that include Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent, Addictions, and Geriatrics.

Medical Education Contacts

Brian Smith, MD
Clerkship Director
Phone: (517) 353-3070 

Department Address
965 Wilson Rd. Rm A236 East Fee 
East Lansing, MI 48824

Callie Langenderfer
Department Clerkship Administrator
Phone: (517) 353-9245

Skylar Clymer
Clerkship Assistant, Lansing Campus
Phone: (517) 432-4201