PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed their M3 Core Clerkship in Psychiatry.

PURPOSE: The goal of this elective is to provide 4th year medical students with experience in one or several of the following patient care settings: inpatient adult psychiatry, inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry, and/or consultation/liaison psychiatry. (Students should indicate their preferences when signing up; however there is generally flexibility to accommodate change/exploration of growing interests throughout the rotation. )

COMPETENCIES: By the end of this elective, students will be expected to demonstrate the following medical knowledge:

  •  psychopathology commonly seen in the setting(s) elected
  •   pharmacologic agents commonly used in the setting(s) elected
  •   non-pharmacologic treatments and psychodynamic therapies applied in the setting)s) selected

By the end of the elective, students will be expected to demonstrate the following skills:

  •  formation of therapeutic alliance with psychiatric patients
  •  thorough psychiatric interviews
  •  appropriate documentation of behavioral health interactions

active participation as a member of a behavioral health treatment team


Instructional methods include:

  • didactic seminars with residents (generally held on Wednesdays)
  • daily rounds on patients
  • assigned readings
  •  supervision by provided by psychiatry residents and faculty

ASSESSMENT: Students will be evaluated at the end of each rotation by all residents and faculty whom they have worked with.


Program Number: ELEC 136
Location: ALGH
Coordinator: Tara Murphy;
Telephone: 847-723-6479
Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: No, Optional
Weekends: No
Total Students Accepted: 1
Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact:
Laboratory/Independent Study:
Outpatient: 3-4
Inpatient: 12
Total Hours /Week: 40

Reporting Instructions:
Reporting Instructions will be emailed the week prior to your start.  Please see paperwork requirements at the following link:

Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.
Updated: 2/20/17