TO APPLY FOR A FOURTH YEAR ROTATION
Our Psychiatry Residency Program offers a limited number of clinical electives to students who are in their final year of medical school at an accredited US medical school. Students may complete one clerkship per calendar year with our program. Only electives listed on this web site are available to visiting students. We only accept medical student applications through VSAS. LSUHSC and OLOL do not accept international students for fourth year rotations. Observerships are not offered at OLOL.
To be considered for a clinical elective:
1. Students must be in their final year and in good academic standing at their home school
2. Students must have taken and passed the USMLE Step 1 exam
3. Students must have taken and passed required 3rd year clerkships in Internal Medicine,
Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Psychiatry
4. Students must have completed 48 weeks of required clerkships in the same medical school at
which they completed their basic science training
5. Student must meet requirements of requested elective(s)
During this one month elective, students will work with psychiatry faculty and residents performing psychiatric consultations within Our Lady of the Lake’s hospital. The student will be introduced to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry in a general hospital setting and will develop skills in evaluating patients with medical illnesses and concomitant psychiatric symptoms and chemical dependency. Through this rotation, they will see psychiatric presentations of medical illness as well as the psychological aspects of medical illness.
During this one month elective, students will work closely with the COPE (Crisis Oriented Psychiatric Evaluation) team, psychiatry attendings, residents and other emergency room clinical staff in the Mental and Behavioral Health Emergency Room Extension. The OLOL emergency department serves thousands of emergency patients per year with a wide range of initial presentations. The student can see a number of the psychiatric, chemical dependency, and psychosocial problems that they will encounter in practice no matter what field he or she chooses. Emphasis will be on accurate assessment and triage as well as continuity of care issues after the emergency is resolved.
OLOL features multiple in-patient units that are specialized for treating various subgroups of patients. Included are specialized units for children and adolescents, addiction, geriatrics, and acutely agitated patients. OLOL also features services in Emergency Psychiatry, Intensive Outpatient Treatment, Consult-Liaison Psychiatry, and traditional out-patient psychiatry for both adults and children. During this rotation, students will spend time in pre-selected treatment settings. Particular treatment settings will be chosen based on student interest and staff availability. 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.
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. This elective is also available as a Seconday Acting Internship.
For more information on 4th year medical student electives, please contact our Clerkship Coordinator, Keysha Deloch, at email@example.com