Medical Student Education

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During your clerkship in psychiatry, you build skills for interviewing, assessment, psychotherapy and treatment planning.

Training in our department gives you an outstanding educational experience with faculty who have a strong commitment to you and your future career.

Each year, approximately 4 percent of medical students nationally choose to specialize in psychiatry. At UB, we consistently exceed that average: About 8 to 10 percent of our students choose psychiatry each year, with many deciding to enter our residency program.

Our lively, friendly departmental culture supports your research, professional growth and personal satisfaction during your time as a medical student.

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  • Psychiatry Clerkship
    In your third year, you will complete a six-week psychiatry clerkship that gives you direct clinical experience treating patients in outpatient, inpatient and emergency settings.
  • Elective Courses
    Our electives let you pursue clinical and research experiences tailored to your interests. You can select intensive experiences in a variety of areas, including emergency psychiatry, child psychiatry and research in psychiatry.
  • Summer Externship
    We offer two interested UB medical students a clinical rotation experience in psychiatry during the summer between first and second year.
  • Research
    Our faculty believe strongly in supporting students’ interests in conducting research during their training.
  • PsychSIGN Buffalo
    Students in any year can participate in PsychSIGN Buffalo, a student-run club that gives students an opportunity to interact with psychiatry faculty in friendly, informal settings.
  • Scholarships and Awards
    Our department and the university recognize students’ achievements with a variety of awards.