The University of Kansas School of Medicine offers a psychiatry clerkship experience as a component of the core clinical medical education that is part of the third year of medical school. At the University of Kansas primary responsibility for this clerkship rests with the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology. The clerkship is structured as an eight week clinical block and involves an integrated clinical neuroscience curriculum. Within the eight week block, students complete a four week clinical psychiatry assignment, a two week clinical neurology assignment, and a two week selective in the clinical neurosciences (generally a subspecialty area of psychiatry or neurology).
The psychiatry clerkship is offered 12 times a year accommodating approximately 9 students at a time. The goal of the clerkship is to provide basic exposure to the core areas of clinical neuroscience (primarily psychiatry and neurology), with some exposure to the specialty areas of psychology, neuropsychology, addictions, pain management, anatomical and functional brain imaging, psychoneuropharmacology, neurophysiology, and neuropathology.
The clerkship is designed to provide closely supervised exposure to evaluation and treatment of patients with psychiatric and/or neurological disease processes. The clerkship involves experience in outpatient, consultative, emergency, and inpatient modalities. Students participate in scheduled didactic sessions, regularly held practical sessions with faculty demonstrating neurological or psychiatric evaluations, educational sessions involving case centered evaluations and discussions, and Chairman/Professor’s Rounds involving discussion of new developments in the clinical neuroscience field. Topics covered reflect the gamut of neurological and psychiatric illnesses, including: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, personality disorders, cognitive disorders, dementia, delirium, degenerative disorders of the nervous system, inflammatory disorders of the nervous system, stroke, seizure, coma, nervous system infections, substance abuse, developmental disorders, disorders of attention, disruptive disorders, eating disorders, factitious disorders, and somatoform disorders. Students learn to interface with related disciplines and entities, including various medical, surgical, and rehabilitation consultants, social workers, psychologists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, nurses, police, the courts, social service representatives, and community mental health case workers.
The psychiatry clerkship is an integral component of the curriculum for the University of Kansas School of Medicine. A detailed description of the Educational Objectives of the Medical School is available on the School of Medicine's web site. Detailed information, assignments, schedules, and learning materials for University of Kansas medical students participating in the clerkship can be found electronically at the Clerkship Site.
Link to Neurology Clerkship Component
Clerkship Director - William F. Gabrielli, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Clerkship Co-Director - Francis X. Barth, D.O.
Clerkship Coordinator - Lesley Leive