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Electives - Psychiatric Medicine, Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry


Consultation/Emergency Psychiatry at Salem

Elective Number: 2719 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisor: Drs. J. Randy Wickham, Arvin Bhandari & Geoffrey Bader

Coordinator: Linda Ferguson-Saunders; 540-982-2463 x 1652

Duration: 4 weeks

Available: all Rotations

A pager is required and will be supplied by the department.

Report to: Linda Ferguson-Saunders

Time to Report: 7:00 am

Place to Report: Building 11, Room 113

Typical day: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Attendance: 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

Course Description: This elective will provide an excellent experience for medical students in the diagnosis, assessment and management of psychiatric patients seen through consult/liaison team and emergency psychiatric services.

Emphasis will be placed on the comorbidity of medical and psychiatric factors which result in neuropsychiatric disorders. Students will have the opportunity to provide psychiatric consultation and liaison services to acute medical, surgical, and geriatric inpatient units. Each student will be closely supervised an attending psychiatrist. This consultation/liaison service provides approximately 15 new consultations each week. Students will also have the opportunity to evaluate emergency psychiatric conditions in patients presenting to the medical emergency room. Close supervision will be provided by an attending psychiatrist for each case.


  1. The student will learn crisis intervention skills and available resources to aid psychiatric patients in crisis.
  2. The student will learn a standardized approach to safety/suicide assessment and risk management.
  3. The student will learn DSM-IV-TR-based diagnostic algorithms and how to apply these to clinical practice.

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