Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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M4 Senior Electives

Adolescent Psychiatry
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
Megan McClymonds, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor and Course Director

Clinical work in this elective will include working on a child and adolescent unit at Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division, closely following several of the inpatients as part of a multi-disciplinary team. Much of the day is spent with the psychiatric nursing staff within the milieu program, as well as being involved in assessments, group therapy, treatment planning and supervision by the unit psychiatrists. Patient census is higher in the months of September thru May. You will gain a greater understanding of child and adolescent psychopathology and its treatment. You will improve your knowledge involving child and adolescent developmental issues and gain experience working within a multi-disciplinary team format.

Consult-Liaison Psychiatry
Froedtert West Hospital
Christina Wichman, DO
Associate Professor and Course Director

The Psychiatric Consultation Service at Froedtert Hospital sees approximately 1000 new consults an academic year. Medical students will have the opportunity to see new and follow-up cases and in doing so will increase their clinical knowledge of the medically ill psychiatric population, as well as improve interviewing skills. Daily clinical rounds and supervision with attending PM psychiatrists provide a great deal of clinically relevant education as students will see a wide variety of complex patients experiencing significant medical, surgical and psychiatric comorbidity. With patient interaction and clinical rounds, it is expected that students will be able to describe psychiatric illness that occur in the medically ill population or due to the treatment of medical illnesses, as well as describe treatment options available in this population. Medical students will also have the opportunity to work closely with the general adult psychiatry residents (PGY-III) and the Psychosomatic Medicine fellow. Weekly psychosomatic clinical case conferences as well as Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds are also mandatory educational experiences for medical students on service.

Emergency Psychiatry
Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
Clarence Chou, MD
Associate Clinical Professor and Course Director

This rotation is useful to all students, and may be especially helpful to those who have defined an interest in psychiatry, emergency medicine, or any of the primary care specialties.  It is an experiential based service where students are permitted to progress at their own pace to the point of being the first contact for patients in crisis.  There is extensive one-on-one supervision by the staff psychiatrists.  Opportunity also exists for time with the Mobile Crisis Service, Walk-in Clinic, Crisis Line, Observation Unit, and Crisis Respite House in the community for interested students.  You will have the opportunity to enhance your diagnostic interviewing skills focusing on acuity and the acute precipitant, gain familiarity with techniques of crisis intervention, and expand your understanding of laws regarding involuntary psychiatric hospitalization, and improve familiarity with community resources.


Pediatric Psychiatry
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin
Kathleen Koth, DO
Assistant Professor and Course Director

Students will observe and perform inpatient and outpatient psychiatric consultations on children and adolescents. You will be expected to write-up at least two psychiatric cases. You will attend weekly rounds and a weekly consult/liaison case conference. You will also be expected to do a literature review and a short talk on a topic of interest. Goals: to be able to perform a mental status assessment on children and adolescents, to develop knowledge and skill in differential psychiatric diagnoses in children and adolescents with pediatric psychiatry illnesses. To develop the skill of presenting a case and increase knowledge of literature. And lastly, to develop compassion for children and adolescents without over-involvement and appreciate the impact on families of pediatric psychiatry disorders.

Psychiatry Sub-Internship
Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center
George Lind, MD, Assistant Professor and Course Director
Gina Negrette, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor and Course Director

Students in this rotation have daily one-to-one interaction with faculty.  They may participate in student lectures series and in ongoing psychopharmacology drug studies.  They will gain inpatient psychiatry experience working in a team oriented system and operating in a more independent capacity in the evaluation of patients.
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