Medical Student Teaching
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine is committed to providing high quality educational experiences in psychiatry for the medical students at the Wake Forest School of Medicine. Second-year medical students receive pre-clinical teaching in Psychiatry mainly during the Neuroscience block, with both lectures and team learning. The main clinical educational venue is a 4 week clerkship during their third year. Students are assigned to a primary clinical service, either on the General Inpatient Unit, the Child and Adolescent Unit, or the Consultation and Emergency Psychiatry Service. During the clerkship, students also attend outpatient clinics. Clinical experiences are supplemented with didactic presentations, Chairman’s Rounds, and bi-weekly Grand Rounds. Clinical interviewing and assessment skills are the focus of weekly Preceptor meetings. (Medical students beginning their clerkship should report for orientation to the Sticht Center at 8:00 am on the first Monday of their rotation.)
Fourth-year medical students can participate in a variety of elective rotations including: Outpatient Psychiatry, Consultation Psychiatry, State Mental Hospital, and Rural Mental Health. The department also offers Advanced Inpatient Management experiences (AIMs) in Adult Inpatient and Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry.
The department also offers clinical experiences for Physician Assistant Students from the Physician Assistant Program at Wake Forest University.
Extramural Medical Students can apply for fourth year electives in psychiatry by contacting the Office of Student Services at Wake Forest School of Medicine.