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Medical Student Program

4th Year Electives

Students from other medical schools are welcome to apply for the following electives:

Child Psychiatry (PSYCHIAT 001DEVI.U)
University Hospital

Students will be involved in admissions to the Diagnostic and Research unit of the Child Psychiatry Service, attending to patient care, management and treatment planning. Students will also be involved in child consultation service, looking at psychiatric/psychological issues of children with illness working with children and their families and with the pediatric teams. Elective should be considered by students thinking of pediatrics and family practice as well as psychiatry.

Emergency Psychiatry (PSYCHIAT 001EMRO.U)
University Hospital

Work closely with psychiatry attendings and other ER clinical staff in direct patient care. The Psych ER serves a number of different patient types and in a one month experience the student can see a number of psychiatric and psychosocial problems they will encounter in practice no matter what field they choose. This elective is specifically designed for students interested in psychiatry, emergency medicine, or any primary care specialty.

Alcohol/Substance Abuse (PSYCHIAT 001SUBO.U)

Learn the essentials of identification, assessment, and treatment of patients with substance-related disorders. Emphasis on screening and brief intervention techniques. Learn principles of detoxification for alcohol, opioids, and cocaine; interpretation of drug testing results; proper prescribing practices for patients with substance use disorders. Students follow patients and accompany the attending during psychiatric evaluations of patients with substance use disorders.

Inpatient Psychiatry (PSYCHIAT 1GENI.U)

The elective consists of active involvement on an inpatient psychiatry unit as a functioning member of the treatment team. Students will conduct initial and follow-up evaluations of psychiatric inpatients, lead treatment team discussions of diagnosis and treatment, and serve as the primary therapist (under attending and house officer supervision) of 3 patients at a time. Clinical activities will be similar to those of a house officer on the service. The experience is designed primarily for students interested in psychiatry or students who wish to see severe or complicated manifestations of psychopathology.

Geriatric Psychiatry (PSYCHIAT 001GERP.X)
University Hospital and Veterans Administration Medical Center

Students will serve as part of the inpatient GeroPsychiatry Team on Psychiatry inpatient unit at the VAMC, and will be responsible for 2-3 patients. They will also attend Geriatric Psychiatry Clinics at University Hospital and VAMC.


This elective experience is designed to give students a broad experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Students will gain medical knowledge through clinical experience, reading materials, as well as discussions with faculty members and house officers. They will participate in the Multidisciplinary Autism Clinic (for school age children) as well as the developmental evaluation clinic (for the early childhood population). They will also have experiences in the social skills and behavioral treatments in this population as well as pharmacological management of psychiatric comorbidities. There will also be systems of care opportunities through visits to community programs including school and center-based programming. This elective should also be considered by students interested in pediatrics and family medicine.


For more information about studying at the University of Michigan Medical School, please visit the Visiting Student Program Website.


updated: March 1st, 2012