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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

PSY 417: Forensic psychiatry elective

  • Instructor of record:  Lorin Scher, M.D. 
  • Instructor:  Jason Roof, M.D.
  • Course duration:  4 weeks
  • Quarters:  I, II, III, IV
  • Units:  6
  • Location:  Sacramento County Jail Psychiatric Unit and Clinic
  • Distribution of student's time:
  • Inpatient care:  70%
  • Clinical rounds:  20%
  • Conferences/lectures:  10%
  • Prerequisites:  Psychiatry core clerkship and/or consent of clerkship director
  • Course description:  Under supervision, student assesses acute and chronic mentally ill inmates in both inpatient and clinic settings
  • Enhancement modules:
  • Clerkship objectives:
    • Improve ability to evaluate and treat mentally ill patients in a forensic setting
    • Improve on documentation skills
    • Understand the clinical, legal, and ethical issues at the interface between Psychiatry and the criminal justice system
  • Commonly seen conditions:
    • Major depressive disorder
    • Bipolar disorders
    • Psychotic disorders
    • Personality disorders
    • Malingering

Contact information

Naima Carter
Elective Course Coordinator
Phone (916) 734-2614
Fax (916) 734-3384