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Psychiatry Medical Student Electives

Psychiatry Medical Student Electives

Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry

During this rotation, students join child/adolescent psychiatry staff in the initial assessment, ongoing evaluation, and treatment of adolescents with psychiatric symptoms in an inpatient setting.  Students will become familiar with psychiatric illnesses of childhood and adolescence, as well as with the ways in which common adult psychiatric illnesses may present in adolescents.  Students will also gain insight into the many challenges of working with this population as they participate in individual, group, and family sessions.
Site: Zucker Hillside Hospital

 

Adult Emergency Psychiatry

During this rotation, students will learn how to evaluate patients who present to the emergency room with acute psychiatric complaints.  Students will perform initial assessments with the treatment team, and learn emergency psychiatry core skills e.g. triage, risk assessment, management of agitation, crisis intervention, handling substance use disorders, clinical decision-making.  Students will also become familiar with the unique challenges of working in the emergency setting, including legal considerations.
Site: Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Zucker Hillside Hospital

 

Behavioral Neurology

Students participating in this elective work with the Zucker Hillside Hospital neurologist as a consult service to the psychiatric hospital.  Students will be evaluating psychiatric patients on the inpatient and outpatient services who have co-morbid neurologic presentations.  By the end of the rotation, students will be adept at the nuances of the full neurologic examination, will be able to appreciate the interactions and interfaces between psychiatric and neurologic disorders, and will be taught how to differentiate between psychiatric and neurologic conditions.
Site: Zucker Hillside Hospital

 

Child and Adolescent Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

During this rotation, student will learn how to assess children and adolescents who require psychiatric evaluation while hospitalized in the children’s hospital.  Students will become familiar with the common presenting diagnoses, their complete evaluation, and the resources available for their management.  Students will also gain appreciation for the unique challenges of working with this population in the medical hospital setting.  Students may also spend time with psychiatrists while they see children in the outpatient setting for initial intakes and follow-up visits.
Site: Cohen’s Children’s Hospital/Zucker Hillside Hospital

 

Child and Adolescent Emergency Psychiatry

During this rotation, students will learn how to evaluate children and adolescents who present to emergency rooms with acute psychiatric complaints.  Students will perform initial assessments with the treatment team, and learn emergency psychiatry core skills e.g. triage, risk assessment, management of agitation, crisis intervention.  Students will become familiar with the common presenting diagnoses, their complete evaluation, and the resources available for their management.  Students will also gain appreciation for the unique challenges of working with this population in the emergency setting.
Site: Cohen’s Children’s Hospital/Zucker Hillside Hospital

 

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Consultation-Liaison (C/L) Psychiatry or Psychosomatic Medicine is a unique discipline within the field of psychiatry which combines knowledge of medical illnesses, psychopathology, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with an ability to forge liaisons within the medical community.  This field is perfect for the psychiatrist who enjoys working within a general hospital setting.  This elective exposes students to the daily work of the C/L psychiatrist.  Clinical experience is gained by seeing patients with fellows and residents, and by participating in teaching rounds led by one of the psychiatric attendings.  As students gain skills and confidence, they can work up consults on their own and present the patients on rounds.  In addition to the clinical work, the students attend a weekly C/L case conference.
Site: North Shore University Hospital or Long Island Jewish Medical Center

 

Geriatric Psychiatry

As the population of the United States grows older, the need for geriatric specialists also continues to rise.  Students can participate in a variety of clinical settings during this rotation, including a geriatric psychiatry inpatient unit, a comprehensive geropsychiatry outpatient clinic, and a geriatric psychiatric partial hospital.  During the rotation, students will gain insight into the unique challenges of working with this population, including managing the combination of medical and psychiatric illnesses, challenges in prescribing medications, and the psychosocial issues related to the geriatric population.  Students may also have the opportunity to observe electro-convulsive therapy (ECT) as part of their patient’s treatment plan.
Site: Zucker Hillside Hospital

 

Inpatient Psychiatry

During this sub-internship, the medical student rotates on one of the inpatient service units and has primary responsibility for the care of assigned cases.  This includes the history and physical, psychiatric examinations, laboratory evaluations, diagnostic assessment, biopsychosocial formulations, and treatment plans for newly admitted patients.  The student receives individual supervision from an attending physician and may also work alongside junior and senior residents.  The experience also involves participation in Grand Rounds, educational case conferences, and didactic seminars on such topics as interviewing, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.
Site: Zucker Hillside Hospital and North Shore University Hospital

 

Psychiatry Medical Consult


With the ever increasing recognition of the interface between medical and psychiatric illnesses, Zucker Hillside Hospital offers a month-long elective with its Medical Consult team.  Students participate in providing medical care to hospitalized psychiatric patients and medical consultations directed at the interface of medicine and psychiatry (e.g., medical causes of behavioral disorders).

During the elective, students learn how to differentiate between psychiatric and medical conditions, proper diagnostic evaluation procedures, and how to recognize drug interactions between psychotropic medications and drugs used to treat medical conditions.  The student also gains expertise in managing the medical side effects of specific psychotropic medications and other therapies (e.g., ECT), medical contraindications to their use, and appropriate ways in which to follow psychotropic use in medically complicated patients.
Site: Zucker Hillside Hospital

 

Psychotherapeutic Modalities

Students will become acquainted with a variety of psychotherapies, including insight oriented dynamic psychotherapies, cognitive behavioral therapy, and marital therapy.  Intake evaluations, biopsychosocial formulations, and implementation of initial treatment plans will provide the core of the clinical experience.  On-going individual supervision comprises the supervisory component of the rotation.  Didactics will include reading tutorials with individual mentors, as well as participation in psychotherapy classes and case conferences.
Site: Zucker Hillside Hospital

 

Women’s Psychiatry

Students choosing this elective will work as part of the treatment team in an all women's inpatient psychiatric unit.  In addition to gaining experience managing major psychiatric illnesses, students will also learn the assessment and management of conditions more unique to women, including symptoms related to abuse, post-partum depression and psychosis, and the treatment of the pregnant psychiatric patient.  Students may also have an opportunity to see outpatients in our perinatal clinic.
Site: Zucker Hillside Hospital

For further information concerning Medical Student Electives please contact:


Jerry Chang, MD
Director, Medical Student Education
The Zucker Hillside Hospital
75-59 263rd Street
Glen Oaks, NY 11004.
Tele: (718) 470-8384
E-mail: jchang4@nshs.edu
 

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