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Electives - Psychiatric Medicine, Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry


ACE in Clinical Psychiatry - Acute Inpatient Unit - Western State Hospital

Elective Number: (Oasis E70h) 2717

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Barbara Haskins Barbara.Haskins@dbhds.virginia.gov

Coordinator: Karen Cale; 540-332-8634

Duration: Maximum 6 weeks, Minimum 4 weeks

Available: Rotations 1-12 SMD18

Report to: Dr. Haskins

Time to Report: 8:15 am

Place to Report: Western State Hospital lobby

Typical day: 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: A student may not take time off during an ACE.

Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 1/2

Course Description: This elective affords senior students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of clinical management of acute psychiatric inpatients. Students will be active members of a treatment team caring for acute civil and forensic coed inpatients. They will enrich their formulation, diagnostic, pyschopharmacologic and psychdynamic skills

Students will participate in daily treatment care of patients. They will also take primary responsibility for following select patients, under the supervision of ward attendings. They will participate in psychopharmacology rounds, treatment planning, family meetings and group therapy. They may lead select groups during their elective.

Additionally, students will have intensive supervision and didactics in psychodynamic theory. They will develop and present a case conference on a slected patient during this rotation. Students will participate in seeing new admissions in the admitting office, and will attend daily lectures and weekely Grand Rounds.

Learning Objectives:

  1. The student will be able to state interventions to manage an acutely manic individual
  2. The student will be able to discuss 5 medication interventions for psychotic symptoms
  3. The student will be able to obtain history from family members and integrate it into a patient's differential diagnosis
  4. The student will learn the elements of a diagnostic interview and how to formulate a differential diagnosis
  5. The student will learn core psychodynamic concepts such as object relations, defense mechanisms and how to take a developmental history.


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