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.

You will also attend lectures, case conferences and other activities, developing skills in psychiatric assessment, interviewing, comprehensive treatment planning, psychotherapy and psychopharmacological approaches to treatment.

Our clerkship shows you the scope of career possibilities available in psychiatry and grounds you in the fundamentals to enter a residency confidently if you choose advanced training in the field.

Clerkship Description

PTY 700 Psychiatric Clinical Clerkship, 6 credits

The objectives of this clerkship are to introduce medical students to clinical psychiatry and enable them to acquire knowledge and skills through clinical experiences under faculty guidance. 

Students will be assigned to Psychiatric Units at one of the area hospitals. They will be given responsibility for direct patient care under the supervision of attending psychiatrists and staff. In addition, they will gain experience in emergency psychiatry through night and weekend rotations at the CPEP at Erie County Medical Center. This six-week program includes lectures, seminars and conferences on a variety of psychiatric subjects. 

On the first day of each rotation students will receive an orientation to psychiatry and written material pertinent to the course, including lists of objectives and a bibliography of required and suggested readings. At the end of the course, a multiple-choice written examination will be given. 

Upon completion of the clerkship, the students should be competent to evaluate and manage patients with major mental illness, should be able to interview patients skillfully, possess basic knowledge of psychopharmacology, be familiar with common problems at the psychiatric-medical interface and be able to assess psychiatric emergencies. 

Prerequisite: Junior medical student

Blocks: 1-4, contact the departmental office for site location.

Clerkship Director: Sergio Hernandez, MD

Contact Us

If you have questions about clerkships in psychiatry, please contact our course coordinator:

Coordinator, Medical Student Education

Hatswell, Leanne

Coordinator, Medical Student Education

Psychiatry

Room 1186, Erie County Medical Center, 462 Grider St., Buffalo, NY 14215

Phone: (716) 898-5896; Fax: (716) 898-4538

Email: hatswell@buffalo.edu