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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Medical Student Education

Student Psychiatry Interest Group  |  Visiting Medical Students

The Medical Student Education Program is directed by Jeffrey Cluver, M.D., and coordinated by Melissa Jacob. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences provides required course work throughout the medical student curriculum, with each course building upon the goals and objectives from the previous year. In addition to the required courses the Department provides numerous 4-week elective rotations available to 4th year students, as well as 3-week selective rotations for 3rd year students.

In all of our course offerings for medical students we employ a continuous quality improvement model. Responding to student feedback and enhancing students education through innovative methods of teaching are priorities for the department. The importance of student feedback is highlighted by our annual tradition of recognizing teaching excellence with awards for faculty members and residents.

In addition to helping students obtain a solid knowledge base in Psychiatry & the Behavioral Sciences, our courses and clerkships focus on developong effective communication and patient management skills that will be important in students work with patients in all fields of medicine. Dr. Cluver and the other faculty members welcome inquiries about Psychiatry as a career and about psychiatry residences at MUSC and other universities. We also welcome students from other medical schools across the country in our electives, and encourage students to participate in our Psychiatry Interest Group.

Please take a moment to explore this section of our website and do not hesitate to contact us with any questions that you may have.

Jeffrey S. Cluver, M.D. 
Vice Chair for Education & Training
Director of Medical Student Education

Melissa Jacob
Medical Student Education Coordinator

Office of Medical Student Education
102 Doughty Street, Suite 102
MSC 851
Charleston, SC 29425
Phone: (843) 792-0343
Fax: (843) 792-6894

Student Psychiatry Interest Group

The Student Psychiatry Interest Group is a large (and growing) and very active student-led group that was formed to foster:

  1. Knowledge of current psychiatric practice and standards of care.
  2. A desire to pursue a career in the ever-evolving field of psychiatry.
  3. A love of the discipline that will translate to the highest quality of care for those with mental disorders and their families in the future.

The student interest group is actively involved in many campus activities as well as community outreach projects, and was the recipient of a grant award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) to help support the SPIG- Highschool Outreach Project.

Elections are held each spring for officer positions, and this group plans and coordinates many activities throughout the year. Drs. Chris Pelic and Jeff Cluver serve as the faculty advisors.

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Visiting Medical Students

 Students interested in completing rotations in the MUSC Department of Psychiatry are invited to join us for a fourth year elective. Please follow this link for a listing of opportunities as well as requirements for visiting medical students:

Visiting Student Information and Course Catalog

Do not hesitate to contact us directly in the psychiatry student education office if you have any  questions.
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