Location: John Dempsey Hospital
Member: Robert A. Zepf, M.D.
Duration: One or two months
Months Offered: July through June
No. of Students: One or two
Prerequisite: Third Year Curriculum plus Dr. Zepfs permission
Contact Person: Robert A. Zepf, M.D., 1st floor, (phone) 679-2186; (FAX)
DESCRIPTION OF CLERKSHIP
This elective is designed to provide further clinical and didactic experience in
working with acutely disturbed patients on the psychiatric unit for students who want more
experience and responsibility in this area. This elective will be valuable for students
who intend to pursue a career in psychiatry, for those who may be considering such a
career alternative, and for those who plan on pursuing other specialties but would like
more experience working with psychiatric patients.
Clinical activities include responsibility of the care of psychiatric patients admitted
to the psychiatric service at Dempsey Hospital under the supervision of the Faculty
Attending Psychiatrist. The responsibilities of the student include regular follow through
interviews after initial work-up and evaluation and ongoing responsibilities for each
patients care. This includes writing orders, preparing the treatment plan, and
preparing for discharge and post-hospital treatment. The student would be responsible for
2-3 inpatients at any one time. In addition, the student could have the opportunity to
conduct brief follow-up treatment of patients following discharge. Night call duty would
be required and discussed in arranging the elective.
Supervision and teaching are an integral part of the activities of the inpatient
service at Dempsey Hospital. Day to day supervision will be provided by the Faculty
Attending Psychiatrist on the team to which the student is assigned. Students are invited
to attend certain other seminars offered to the residents and students during the time of
Other departmental activities such as weekly Grand Rounds and teaching conferences of
other divisions within the department, participation in the emergency service conference,
and the opportunity to observe research activities of the department would be available to
students during this elective.