Psychiatry Clerkship

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Clerkship Overview

The psychiatry clerkship is a required six-week clinical rotation. During their 3rd year, medical students will rotate through service sites at the psychiatric hospital at Sidra Medicine and at Hamad General Hospital. The students will spend four weeks on the inpatient psychiatric service, one week in the psychiatric consultation liaison service and approximately one week participating in outpatient evaluations.

This is a hands-on experience whereby the students participate in the diagnostic evaluation and ongoing treatment of patients with varying psychiatric diagnoses who are undergoing different modalities of treatment. All clinical activities are performed directly or indirectly under the supervision of at least one licensed psychiatrist.

The curriculum involves, in addition to the daily clinical rounds, multiple didactic lectures, a course in psychiatric interviewing, a course in case history presentation, and structured training in psychiatric case write-up. Additionally, the students will participate in an independent subject study (student seminar), and live video-conferenced teaching rounds with the New York Cornell psychiatric faculties (Professor’s Rounds). 

The student assessment is based on the overall clinical evaluation, participation in small group courses and didactics, the write-up grade and both oral and written examinations (the NBME) at the end of the clerkship. The final grade is marginal/passing, high pass or honors.

For more information and a detailed description of the clerkship, please refer to the psychiatry clerkship syllabus.

Clerkship Director: Aicha Hind Rifai, MD 

Associate Clerkship Director: Ziad Kronfol, MD

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