The Department of Psychiatry is integral to the School of Medicine teaching mission, directing the preclinical neuroscience module, psychiatry clerkship and selectives, as well as advanced psychiatry experiences (sub-internships and electives). In addition, we support psychiatry graduate medical education, providing resident/fellow supervision, research opportunities, didactics, and the identification/mitigation of combat and operational stress reactions through the School of Medicine's field exercise Operation Bushmaster.
As part of the School of Medicine’s integrated systems-based curriculum, students complete eight weeks of neuroscience instruction. Built on a combination of world-class didactics, online learning, cadaveric dissection, case-based learning, and patient simulation, students learn the fundamental principles of psychiatry, neurology, and neurosurgery, along with surgical concerns of the ear-nose and throat. This module has won the award for best module for over 6 years in a row and prepares students to succeed in the clerkship year by focusing on patient communication skills and the biopsychosocial formulation.
COMBAT OPERATIONAL STRESS CONTROL (COSC)
As part of the graduating medical students’ field exercise, Operation Bushmaster, the Department of Psychiatry provides instruction and practical/leadership experience in identifying, assessing, and treating combat and operational stress injuries.