M3 Psychiatry Clerkship
John Gillmore, M.D.
Assistant Professor and Course Director
The third year medical student clerkship at the Medical College of Wisconsin is a 4 week rotation, working with psychiatrists and other mental health providers at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Children’s Hospital, Community Memorial Hospital, Rogers Hospital, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The clinical settings for the rotation include a wide variety of opportunities. Students may be assigned to assist attending psychiatrists in the following settings:
•Inpatient psychiatric units. Students work in either and adult or child and adolescent inpatient unit. The inpatient settings include the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, Rogers Memorial Hospital, Milwaukee County Mental Health Complex, and Community Memorial Hospital.
•Psychiatry consult liaison teams, which serve patients at Froedtert Hospital and at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center.
•Emergency Psychiatry. Students can work at the Milwaukee County Psychiatric Crisis Service, a full service psychiatric emergency department, where they have the opportunity to assess and manage emergent psychiatric conditions.
•Outpatient psychiatry clinics. Several of the sites include weekly outpatient clinic experiences for the students. There is also a rotation for students to work full time in an outpatient clinic at the VA medical center.
Students receive instruction and work alongside psychiatrists at each site. Students also receive a series of didactic lectures by adult and child psychiatrists. The clinical experiences and lectures together help teach students to recognize the difference between emotional problems and mental illness, demonstrate the ability to perform a psychiatric interview that will lead to a formulation of the problem and method of intervention, list major psychiatric diagnostic entities and apply them to case histories, learn about psychotropic medications, learn different modalities used in hospitals to treat patients, and demonstrate the ability to talk with ease to patients who have emotional problems, and effectively manage psychiatric emergency situations.