Saint Louis University

Psychiatry Clerkship

Welcome to the Psychiatry Clerkship!


Clerkship Basics:
Presently, the Psychiatry Clerkship offers two primary clinical settings: Saint Louis University Hospital and Jefferson Barracks VA. Within SLU Hospital (West Pavilion) there is an adult psychiatry inpatient setting and a geriatric psychiatry inpatient setting. The consultation/Liaison team (psychiatric conditions and complications in medically-ill patients) is also a SLU primary setting and serves all areas of the hospital, including the Emergency Department and Transplant. The Jefferson Barracks VA is a complete inpatient and outpatient setting with veterans being treated for a variety of psychiatry issues.

Course Directors:

Lauren Schwarz, PhD
1438 S. Grand Blvd.

James Cho, MD
Monteleone Hall

Educational Coordinator:

Cindy Pugh
1438 S. Grand Blvd.
Room 118
314- 977-4864

Clinical Sites Used for third Year Clerkships:

Clinical Sites Used for Third Year Clerkships
Jefferson Barracks VA 8 4
Saint Louis University Hospital 9 4

Drs. Cho and Schwarz orients the students on day 1 of the clerkship.

All students meet together one day/week for clinical case conferences, or as scheduled. There are lectures on Moodle to view at the students’ convenience. The students are expected to learn psychiatric disorders and their treatments, as well as effective communication skills. They should have an understanding of personality development from childhood through adulthood. In addition, each student is able to attend optional learning activities.

We require the students to obtain two texts. The first is to assist the student in establishing a knowledge base and is to be one of the following:

Psychiatry, latest edition by David A. Tomb

High Yield Psychiatry by Barbara Fadem and Steven Simring

Blueprints in Psychiatry, USMLE Steps 2 & 3 Review Series

Some students have found Kaplan and Sadock’s Synopsis of Psychiatry useful. The full DSM-IV TR also gives a lot of good information.

The purpose of the second text is to allow the student to test his or her knowledge base. The student is to choose one of the following:

Psychiatry Pretest Self Assessment and review, latest edition by Shawn Woods
Psychiatry latest edition, National Medical Series for Independent Study by James Scully
Appelton & Lange’s Review of Psychiatry, latest edition by Ivan Oransky.

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) multiple choice examination in Psychiatry is required.

Evaluation and Grading: Grades are determined from the NBME examination and the Clinical Performance Evaluation forms completed by attending/residents

Typical Weekly Schedule

Hour Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Daily activities will vary by clinical assignment.
Please refer to Orientation section for description.
PM The Psychiatry core experience involves a number of settings and hospitals.
You will have experience in a variety of settings with exposure to a variety of ages.

The daily activities will vary by clinical assignment. This will be explained during orientation to the clerkship. Generally, students on inpatient units are assigned outpatient clinics in the afternoon.

There are also several “field trips” to sign up for to visit other specialty sites. Students are expected to be at their sites from about 8:00 a.m. to at least 4:30 p.m. Feel free to bring reading.

Weekend duties vary by clinical site. If days are missed, they can be made up on weekends.

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