Psychiatry Consult/Liaison

Training in the consultation/liaison service of a major urban medical center, you’ll learn to recognize and diagnose psychiatric conditions most commonly encountered in hospital settings.

This elective trains you to understand the consequences of substance use on a range of clinical conditions, and to communicate those consequences to patients and their families.

You’ll perform psychiatric consultations and present them to the consultation-liaison team. You’ll learn how to treat withdrawal symptoms in the context of a medical condition while recognizing potential drug-drug interactions.

Working in both an inpatient and outpatient setting, you’ll train alongside psychiatry residents and collaborate with a multidisciplinary team.

Over four weeks, you’ll observe and practice:

  • crisis intervention
  • brief psychotherapy and family intervention
  • patient education
  • referral in hospitalized patients


  • 2-4 new patients weekly

Patient Population

  • 60 percent female
  • 25-50 years old, with a mean age of 35
  • 65 percent Caucasian
  • 25 percent African-American
  • 10 percent Hispanic
  • diagnoses: chemical/alcohol dependence, personality/mood disorders

Clinical Site

Length of Rotation

4 weeks