Our Clerkship Program

Contact: Thomas Schwartz, MD, Director
Phone: 315 464-3166
Email: schwartt@upstate.edu

Contact: Kathryn Stuenzi, Curriculum Coordinator
Phone: 315 464-3197
Email: stuenzik@upstate.edu

The Psychiatry Clerkship is a five week course designed to provide medical students with the experiences and material necessary to become acquainted with and proficient in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating patients with mental illness and preparing for associated exams.

Students will be assigned to one or more of the following locations: Inpatient Service at Hutchings Psychiatric Center, University Hospital, Upstate at Community General Hospital or Veterans' Hospital; Consultation Liaison Service, or Outpatient Services at University Hospital, Hutchings Psychiatric Center, or Veterans' Hospital; the students will also have additional experiences while On-Call in the evenings and some weekends. Students interested in working with children and adolescents will be offered that opportunity. In addition, there are case conferences, grand rounds and the opportunity to observe children and adolescents being evaluated.

Through these experiences, students are expected to learn and use the DSM-V diagnostic system and provide adequate psychopharmacological interventions and supportive psychotherapy with a diverse patient population.