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.


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.


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Since its inception, consultative relationships have been a cornerstone of CSTS’s mission, including a wide variety of partner organizations both inside and outside government, and internationally. Such collaborations build bridges that provide opportunities to contribute our resources and expertise in the service of others and to monitor real time needs of partners and stakeholders. The following are examples of some of our long-standing consultations as well as some new consultations in 2017.

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The Department hosts an annual conference and make appearances at conferences aimed at bringing together scientists and clinicians working toward solving the biological basis of stress, fear and PTSD.

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