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Psychiatry Clerkship

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Michael Peterson, MD
Clerkship Director
(608) 265-8130

Kathleen Worrall
Program Coordinator
(608) 265-8130

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During the third year of the MD Program curriculum, medical students at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison will complete a rotation in the Department of Psychiatry.


The clerkship consists of a combination of inpatient, outpatient, consult/liaison and alcohol and drug abuse treatment experiences over the course of four weeks. Students will be assigned to one of the following sites:

  • UW Hospital and Clinics Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
  • William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital (VA) Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
  • UW/VA Consultation-Liaison service
  • Meriter Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Unit
  • Meriter Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Unit
  • Time scheduled at various outpatient clinics

Students in the Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM) will have their clerkship site either at:

  • Aurora Health Center (Milwaukee)
  • Gundersen Health System (La Crosse)
  • Marshfield Clinic (Marshfield)



The guiding principle of this rotation is clinical involvement. This is a hands-on clerkship where students learn by working directly with patients and being part of the treatment team. Students have ample opportunity to work with patients with psychiatric illness. Through this, students are to develop professional rapport with patients, understand the presentation of psychiatric illness, appreciate patient histories and mental status, and develop biopsychosocial assessments and treatment plans.
Students will function as a member of a collaborative treatment team. In addition to direct work with patients, students will have the opportunity to work closely with nursing staff, social work staff, occupational therapy staff, and psychologists. There will also be opportunities to interface with outpatient providers, case managers, and patient families.
To supplement clinical learning, there are case-based seminars to focus on common psychiatric illnesses. During these seminars, the focus will be on the epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk factors, substance-related contributions, clinical presentation, and prognosis. In addition to seminars and readings from texts, students can expect to learn best by reading in greater depth about their patient's specific problems and apply what they have learned to their patients' cases.
We hope this to be an educational four weeks with experiences that can be carried through the rest of a career.

More detailed information about the curriculum and student assessment, including feedback and grading can be located on Learn@UW.


Psychiatry Clerkship

Last updated: 12/04/2014
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