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 Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. The clerkship is structured as a four week clinical block and involves an integrated clinical neuroscience curriculum. Within the four week block, students complete a two week inpatient psychiatry assignment, and two one week selectives in the clinical neurosciences (a subspecialty area of psychiatry).
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, with some exposure to the specialty areas of psychology, neuropsychology, addictions and pain management.
The clerkship is designed to provide closely supervised exposure to evaluation and treatment of patients with psychiatric 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 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 psychiatric illnesses, including: anxiety disorders, mood disorders, thought disorders, personality disorders, cognitive disorders, dementia, delirium, 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.
Clerkship Director - William F. Gabrielli, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Clerkship Co-Director - Francis X. Barth, D.O.
Clerkship Administrator - Lesley Leive