Medical Student Training

The UT Southwestern Medical School curriculum provides clerkships to various clinical care settings in the third and fourth years. Your psychiatry clerkship will last six weeks and will take place at one of our clinical care sites, as well as the Parkland Memorial Hospital Psychiatric Emergency Room. 

Dual-Site Method

Like other clerkships, you will have a mentored clinical experience with residents and faculty attending physicians in a clinical care environment. However, our psychiatry clerkship will challenge you by exposing you to multiple settings. Too often, students receive a narrow clinical exposure to the field by spending all of their six-week time in one setting, such as the inpatient unit. To broaden your view of psychiatry, we have developed a dual-site method that enables students to rotate through two different clinical locations. 

You will be assigned to one of seven "primary" sites, the selection of which will be based on consultation with you and your faculty advisor. You will perform most of your clinical care and develop your primary teaching relationship at this location. In addition, you will be assigned to at least two secondary sites where you will be exposed to other clinical activities, therapeutic modalities, and patient diagnoses. For example, you may be assigned to the inpatient unit at Parkland as your primary site, but you will also go on rounds with the consultation-liaison team several times over the six weeks, as well as serve on night duty in the Parkland Psychiatric Emergency Service.

UT Southwestern is one of only 20 institutions where you could have a complete education in psychiatry and training in any of the accredited psychiatric subspecialties. The Medical Center also places special emphasis on developing research skills and experience in medical students, providing such opportunities as the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).

Faculty and Residents as Resources

After completing your psychiatry clerkship and coursework, you will have met and developed a relationship with our psychiatric attending physicians and residents. These people are personal and professional resources for you; they will be eager to answer your questions and direct you to other helpful people.

In addition, Adam Brenner, M.D., Vice Chair for Education in Psychiatry, would welcome an opportunity to meet with you. Dr. Brenner organizes a MS4 "recruitment" luncheon each fall to give overviews of psychiatric careers and residency training. If you are interested, contact them in August to ensure you are on the invitation list.