For the 2020-2021 academic year, the LSU Baton Rouge Psychiatry program at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is offering clinical electives to in-state LSU and Tulane students ONLY. For non-Louisiana medical students, scroll down for more information on the "Preparing to Lead" virtual elective that is being offered through VSAS for all US medical students.
- Acting internship
This four week rotation provides senior students with the opportunity to begin functioning as interns. Students will develop additional sills in all areas od core competence. Particular emphasis is given to improving skills of clinical judgment and decision making by giving students more responsibility for patient care than they had in the third year. Students are encouraged to take increasing amounts of responsibility while under the close supervision of staff and faculty. This rotation would take place on the inpatient service of Our Lady of the Lake.
- Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
This four week elective is open to one or two medical students per four week block. Students participate in daily assessments and clinical rounds with the psychiatry consultation -liaison team at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. In addition, students would have the opportunity to participate in the collaborative care program—an integrated system offering psychiatric support to primary care clinical for LSU Health and the Lake Physician group
- Emergency Psychiatry
This four week elective is open to one medical student per four week block. Students would participate in the Emergency Mental and Behavioral Health unit at Our Lady of the Lake. Students would do evaluations and assist in treatment and disposition decisions. Clinical emphasis will be on accurate assessment and triage as well as continuity of care issues after the emergency is resolved. The schedule would involve Monday to Friday shifts of either 8-5 or 12-8PM. At least one overnight shift would be included.
- General Psychiatry
This four week elective is open to one to two medical students per four week block. Student could do a combination of consultation-liaison work, inpatient hospital work and involvement in the psychiatric emergency department, depending on their interests. The goal is to expose students to a wide variety of treatment settings and for them to gain a better understanding of the multifaceted nature of psychiatric treatment. This four week elective is open to one to two medical students per four week block.
- General Adult Psychiatry Inpatient
During this one month rotation, the student will be actively involved in an inpatient psychiatry ward at OLOL as a member of the treatment team. The student would be expected to carry a small caseload from admission to discharge, working with the primary treating physician (under supervision) and performing such duties as psychiatric assessments, diagnostic formulations, participating in family sessions, choosing medications and developing treatment plans, all with a careful bent towards the educational value of the cases.
- Psychiatric research
This four week course allows the student to join an existing research team in order to become better acquainted with the clinical research methodology and practice. Course content caries with the interest of the students and the availability of relevant research. Involvement in teaching modules related to the practice of research will be a part of the rotation as well as education in critically reading the literature.
- Suicide specific care
This four week course allows the student to learn about the evidence base for suicide specific care and participate in the model practiced at Our Lady of the Lake (CAMS-- the Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality). Students will help in the assessment and initial treatment of people with suicidal thoughts in conjunction with psychology graduate students throughout the Our Lake of the Lake system of care.
- Child and adolescent psychiatry
This four week course is open to one medical student per four week block. Students will have the opportunity to focus on inpatient, outpatient or consultation liaison clinical activity during the block. Students participate in daily assessments and clinical rounds with the team of whichever service they choose to work.
- Preparing to Lead (virtual elective through VSAS for all US 4th Year medical students)
Leadership skills are expected in residents from the very beginning of residency but not generally explicitly taught. This course is an online and self-study elective that allows participants through self study, reflection and small group discussion to learn more about one's strengths, leadership style and areas for continued growth. For consideration, students must apply through VSAS.
For more information regarding 4th year electives, please contact our medical student coordinator, Lakeysha Deloch, at email@example.com or (225)757-4212.
LSU Psychiatry Residency Program
5246 Brittany Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808