Medical Student Education
The Psychiatry Department at MIHS recognizes the essential importance of psychiatric education in the undergraduate medical student curriculum.
The Core Clerkship in Psychiatry is offered in the MIHS Department of Psychiatry. MIHS Clerkship assignments are available on inpatient units, consult-liaison services and child psychiatry services. There are 10 acute inpatient psychiatric units, which provide psychiatric services to a wide range of patients. Six of the adult general psychiatric units are located at the Desert Vista Behavioral Health Campus in Mesa. There are three additional general psychiatric units and one combined special needs/general medicine unit that are located at the Annex campus. The vast majority of patients on all of the units are hospitalized on an involuntary basis but there are also voluntary patients.
The inpatient acute stabilization of a psychiatric patient is generally intensive and brief. The average length of stay on the adult units is 7 - 14 days. The units average over 2,300 admissions per year. Each unit is well staffed with two to three staff psychiatrists and psychiatric residents. The medical student on these services would work from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
We provide weekly didactics, which are fostering growing competence in the understanding, assessment and multi-modal treatment of individuals with major psychiatric disorders as well as individuals with psychiatric presentations in the context of other medical illnesses. The clerkship emphasizes small group and individual supervision with attending faculty.
There are a broad range of electives available to students including advanced clinical experiences in inpatient, consult-liaison, and child and adolescent psychiatry. Medical students may contact the director of medical student education in psychiatry for assistance in arranging for individualized mentored clinical and research experiences. The student will gain knowledge in diagnosing and treatment of various psychiatric disorders, develop a foundation of bio psychosocial and multidisciplinary approach, and understand the need for early mental illness recognition and treatment.
Core and Elective Inpatient Clerkships
3rd and 4th year Medical Students
2nd year PA Students
How to apply
All applicants must contact Kelly Sacco, Clerkship Coordinator, to secure desired rotation date and application materials. Applications must be received at least 90 days in advance before the start of the rotation to be considered.
4th year elective note: All LCE participating schools must apply through VSAS. Contact Kelly Sacco BEFORE submitting your application via VSAS to secure your rotation date.
Devna Rastogi, MD
Director, Medical Student Education Psychiatry
Kelly Sacco, B.A.
Child Psychiatry Fellowship and Clerkship Coordinator
570 W. Brown Road
Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: (480) 344-2026
Fax: (480) 344-2019