Body-for-Body Switch Procedure: All body-for-body switch and reassignment requests must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office at least 3 weeks before the rotation start date.
Takes place via Zoom on the first Monday of the rotation. This session is mandatory for all the students who are doing the 6-week Psychiatry Clerkship, regardless of site assignment. Session regularly starts at 8:15 am.
Coordinator will inform the class a week before with start time. However, students who rotate at UIH usually attend the mandatory orientation on the first Monday of the rotation and report to UIH on Tuesday.
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS HOSPITAL ADMINSTRATION
Jenifer Lloyd, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Phone: (312) 996-9187
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO OVERVIEW
1740 W. Taylor Street
Chicago, IL 60612
912 W. Wood Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Pink Line EL train – Polk and Paulina Streets Stop
Congress EL train – Medical Center Stop
Street metered parking
University of Illinois Parking System
Commuter Bus to Union Station
As their primary site, students are assigned to either an adult inpatient unit or the consultation-liaison service. Each student is typically assigned to an adult outpatient clinic 1-2 afternoons per week.
- UIH (Outpatient/Thresholds) — This rotation option has been developed in collaboration with a community organization called Thresholds which works with the homeless and mentally ill population in the city. During the 3 weeks of Outpatient/Thresholds students will spend 2 days per week with Thresholds. These experiences involve meeting patients/clients (many have not identified as patients) either directly on the streets or at a Thresholds shelter setting (Safe Haven). On Thresholds days students will primarily work with Social Workers in these settings attempting to engage clients and assist them with getting plugged into psychiatric and medical care and housing services. Students will get a unique experience with a front-line homeless outreach organization, and students’ emerging medical and psychiatric skill set can be helpful in triaging clients in need of more urgent attention. The remaining 3 days per week during these 3 weeks will be traditional outpatient psychiatric settings at UIH. The other 3 weeks are on an academic inpatient or consult service at UIH. This is an opt-in experience only as the Thresholds portion will be outside of a traditional hospital/medical setting and a desire to work with such a population/setting
- UIH (Inpatient-focused) — Both 3-week blocks will be on academic inpatient or consult services at UIH. There will be some longitudinal half days of clinic and some days assigned to ECT.
What is THRESHOLDS?
Thresholds provides services and resources for persons with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders in Illinois. We work with many populations, including youth and young adults, veterans, young mothers, deaf, and individuals experiencing homelessness, among others.
Which Thresholds Programs will I work with?
One day per week will be with each of these two Thresholds Programs:
- Homeless Outreach Program provides assertive outreach, linkage to primary and psychiatric care, and resource referral to persons experiencing homelessness with serious mental illnesses. The program employs the skills of licensed clinical social workers on the streets, in shelters, and any other location where people who are homeless may be found.
- Safe Haven is a low barrier and low demand housing for folks who are chronically homeless and have not been successful accessing the more traditional housing resources. Members live there with 24/7 desk clerks for general health and safety and two full time community support workers to provide clinical and case management services.
So, this rotation won’t be in a traditional medical, hospital, or clinic setting?
Nope. You will work primarily work with social workers and other Thresholds staff in attempting to engage and assist clients in getting connected to psychiatric, medical, and housing services. In addition to gaining experience with a front-line homeless outreach organization, your emerging medical and psychiatric skill sets can be helpful in triaging clients in need of more urgent attention.
Is this a mandatory part of my clerkship?
Flexibility in moving around the city and the desire to work with such a population/setting are pre-requisites. Thus, this is an “opt-in” only experience, and no one is required to participate. However, if you decide to “opt-in,” then this does become a mandatory part of your clerkship (see below).
How is the Thresholds experiences assessed?
During this experience you will most often NOT be working directly with an attending psychiatrist. You may work with a variety of Thresholds team members. Thus, this portion of your clerkship will be graded on a pass/fail system. You are expected to be present and available to the Thresholds team on Tuesdays and Thursdays x 3 weeks. You are expected to interact with Thresholds staff and clients with the same level of professionalism and respect as all of your other clerkship experiences. If for any reason you need to be away from the Thresholds experience on a Tuesday or Thursday, please communicate beforehand with both the Thresholds team and the UIC Clerkship leadership (Drs Cooper and Blitzstein).
The patient population is diagnostically and socioeconomically diverse. The inpatient unit includes a unique program for pregnant mentally ill women. Faculty are highly regarded for combining somatic, psychodynamic, behavioral and family approaches to treatment.
Students are assigned to a resident and an attending on inpatient units. Students are directly supervised by attending(s) in outpatient clinics.