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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

4th Year Electives


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Although less than 5% of medical students nationwide become psychiatrists, psychiatric illnesses are seen in almost all disciplines of medicine, and it is important for students to develop skills for diagnosing, treating, and referring patients who have psychiatric illnesses. 

The 4th year electives build upon skills first introduced in the 3rd-year psychiatry clerkship and provide students the opportunity to work with psychiatric patients in various settings.

    Electives Listing (view COM electives)

  • Substance Abuse Treatment (PSYCH 857)
  • Geriatric Psychiatry (PSYCH 858)
  • Forensic Psychiatry (PSYCH 870)
  • Psychosomatic Med Consults (PSYCH 871)
  • Adult/Inpatient Psychiatry Externship (PSYCH 877)
  • Psychiatric and Behavioral Sciences Research (PSYCH 879)


4th-year electives are graded Honors/Pass/Fail based upon the attending supervisor’s evaluation of the student’s clinical performance. There is no written examination.


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