Clinical Electives Program: Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine; Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Fall, Winter, and Spring Sessions. Four- or Eight-Week Session

Rotation Coordinator
Maryland Pao, MD

Rotation Description
This is an advanced four- or eight-week elective for medical students who have a particular interest in the subspecialty of Psychosomatic or Consultation-Liaison Medicine. This National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) elective is open only to students who will have completed their initial rotation/clerkship in psychiatry before arriving at the NIH Clinical Center.

The NIMH Office of the Clinical Director provides psychiatry consultation liaison services to adult and pediatric research subjects enrolled in NIH Clinical Center inpatient and outpatient clinical trials who have a wide array of medical illnesses including cancer, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Hepatitis, rare genetic diseases, infectious diseases, and endocrine and autoimmune disorders.

Students will help conduct clinical workups and discuss clinical research methodology members of the Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Service (PCLS) team. In addition, students will attend weekly clinical rounds, research meetings, and the Clinical Fellows Seminar. Clinical teaching will focus on co-morbid psychiatric diagnosis in the medically and surgically ill patient as well as appropriate treatment recommendations including both psychopharmacologic, therapy, and psychotherapeutic interventions. Case discussions will highlight distinctions and tensions related to the conduct of clinical research and clinical care. Given our unique setting, students may elect to engage in opportunities to attend multidisciplinary meetings.

Students will: 

  1. be involved in clinical evaluations of adult and pediatric patients/research subjects referred to the PCLS service; 
  2. prepare informal case or journal club presentations; 
  3. learn about research in psychosomatic medicine;
  4. elect supplemental opportunities to observe additional evaluations including informal capacity assessments, neuropsychological testing, and collaborations with the NIH Hospice and Palliative Medicine program.

Because this is a short course, individualized programs will vary widely in accordance with the needs and interests of each student.

Staff
Joyce Chung, MD
Lisa Horowitz, PhD
Maryland Pao, MD
Erica Richards, MD, PhD
Joseph Snow, PhD
Deborah Snyder, MSW
Audrey Thurm

For additional information, see the NIMH website.

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