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Medical Student Electives

Acting Internship in Inpatient Psychiatry

This experience will provide the student with a more advanced understanding of both assessment and treatment planning for psychiatric patients, as well as a sense of responsibility for the care of patients. While being exposed to a broad range of psychopathology, the medical student will gain an understanding of inpatient psychiatry and the application of the therapeutic community to the treatment of psychiatric inpatients.

The MMC inpatient unit is largely populated by patients with a combination of medical and psychiatric illness, and by patients with dementia. While the importance of psychodynamic issues is recognized, treatment is weighted toward the "medical model".

Acting Interns will work under the direct supervision either of the chief resident or an attending psychiatrist. They will have primary responsibility for at least two inpatients at a time during their work on a 20-bed medical/psychiatric unit. This includes responsibility for admission, diagnosis, and treatment planning. Acting Interns will work in conjunction with other treatment staff including nursing staff, occupational therapy, and social work. With appropriate supervision, the Acting Intern will evaluate family dynamics relevant to the patient's hospitalization. Finally, the Acting Intern will participate in didactics and case conferences that are part of the education of the psychiatry house staff.

The patient population at Spring Harbor Hospital reflects the full spectrum of acute psychiatric illness in an inpatient setting. These are both voluntary and involuntary patients. The attending staff are all members of the MMC Faculty, and MMC psychiatry residents often work side by side with the AI.

Students may apply for the Psychiatry AI at MMC by completing our Application Form.

Senior Elective in Child Adolescent Psychiatry

Students will gain a better understanding of, and proficiency in, the evaluation and mental status examination of the child psychiatric patient. Students will also gain experience and understanding in the evaluation of the family.

Supervised clinical experiences in child psychiatry include the outpatient clinic and the inpatient consultation service. Students participate with a team consisting of a psychiatric resident and psychiatric social worker. All evaluations are supervised by one of the attending child psychiatrists. Evaluations include individual assessment of the child, family evaluation, and history gathering from the school and other community agencies. The student also participates in pediatric consultations performed in the Department of Pediatrics at MMC. Students are encouraged to attend a broad array of seminars and case conferences available through the Division of Child Psychiatry and the Department of Psychiatry.

Students may apply for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry senior rotation at Maine Medical Center by completing our Application Form

Senior Elective in Emergency Consultation Psychiatry

In addition to enhancing their skills in psychiatric diagnosis and mental status examination, the student will gain a better understanding of the importance of the doctor-patient relationship, of patient-family relationships, and of patient-staff relationships.

The student will gain a first-hand understanding of the role of the psychiatrist in the setting of the general hospital, while enhancing their appreciation for the interplay between medical and psychiatric diagnoses.

Students work directly with consultation psychiatrists. A wide variety of patients are seen under direct supervision of the attending psychiatrist. Patients may be seen both in the setting of the Emergency Room and on medical/surgical inpatient services. Students attend departmental case conferences and Grand Rounds.

Students may apply for the Emergency & Consultation Psychiatry senior rotation at Maine Medical Center by completing our Application Form