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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

PSY 421: Combined medicine/psychiatry elective

  • Instructor of record:  Lorin Scher, M.D. 
  • Instructor(s):  Jaesu Han, M.D.Robert McCarron, D.O., John Onate, M.D. , Shannon Suo, M.D.
  • Course duration:  4 weeks
  • Quarters:  I, II, III, IV
  • Units:  6
  • Location:  Sacramento Primary Care Clinic 
  • Distribution of student's time:  Clinical 80%, Discussion 20% 
  • Prerequisites:  Psychiatry core clerkship and/or consent of clerkship director
  • Course description:  Students will rotate through the county Primary Care Clinic under the supervision of dual-boarded psychiatry and internal medicine/family practice faculty to provide medical care for indigent and uninsured patients as well as primary care for psychiatry patients. 
  • Enhancement modules:
  • Clerkship objectives:
    • Improve on psychiatric history taking and mental status exam
    • Improve on ability to treat acutely mentally ill patients
    • Learn to efficiently manage patients in a psychiatric inpatient unit
    • Effectively interact within a multidisciplinary treatment team
    • Gain exposure and understanding of the diagnosis and management of psychiatric disorders in a  primary care setting and in the indigent population.
  • Commonly seen conditions:
    • Diabetes mellitus
    • Cardiovascular diseases 
    • Mood disorders 
    • Co-morbid substance abuse disorders 
    • Anxiety disorders 

Contact information

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