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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

PSY 414: Psychosomatic medicine elective

  • Instructor of record:  Lorin Scher, M.D. 
  • Instructor(s):  Nathan Fairman, M.D., Debra Kahn, M.D.Lorin Scher, M.D.
  • Course duration:   4 weeks
  • Quarters:  I, II, III, IV
  • Units:  6
  • Location:  UC Davis Medical Center 
  • Distribution of student's time:
    • Inpatient care: 80%
    • Clinical rounds: 10%
    • Conferences/lectures: 10%
  • Prerequisites:  Psychiatry core clerkship and/or consent of clerkship director
  • Course description:  A large university hospital service in which the student functions as a member of the team in evaluation, management and psychiatric liaison with other medical specialties. Intensive supervision from senior staff and psychiatric residents.
  • Enhancement module:
  • Clerkship objectives:
    • Gain proficiency in interviewing and treating medically ill patients using the biopsychosocial model.
    • Effectively interact with referring services, including refining the consultation question and education of referring teams.
    • Appreciate the psychiatric components of medical illness.
  • Commonly seen conditions:
    • Delirium
    • Mood disorders
    • Psychotic disorders
    • Suicide assessment
    • Capacity evaluation
    • Substance abuse/dependence/withdrawal

Contact information

Naima Carter
Elective Course Coordinator
Phone (916) 734-2614
Fax (916) 734-3384
E-mail: naima.carter@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu