Medical Student Third Year Clerkship


Message from the Chairman
Message from the Director

Welcome to the Third Year Psychiatric Clerkship at New York Medical College. The Third Year Clerkship is an important part of your medical education, which will give you clinical experience that you will be able to use throughout your entire medical career. At the conclusion of the clerkship, students should be able to do the following:

  • conduct a clinical interview demonstrating an empathic doctor/patient relationship
  • conduct a clinical interview eliciting pertinent medical and psychiatric information essential for formulating a diagnosis based on DSM IV five-axes categories of Mental Disorders
  • conduct a mental status examination
  • learn to facilitate a decrease in the patient’s level of anxiety or discomfort
  • demonstrate a knowledge of the principles and practices of different treatment modalities used in psychiatric practice, both inpatient and outpatient
  • be able to apply basic science knowledge of neurobiology and psychosocial experiences in the pathogenesis and treatment of psychiatric illnesses
  • be able to integrate the information relating to the specialty of psychiatry to the comprehensive care of the patient in primary care practice
  • have familiarity with the major pharmacologic agents used in psychiatric practice and/or consultation as well as proper indications of side effects
  • do a case presentation which demonstrates a strong knowledge base of psychiatric syndromes
  • learn to use an evidence based medicine approach to psychiatric clinical problems

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