IU School of Medicine



The goal of this elective is to give the senior student clinical experience in Psychiatry in an integrated practice setting. The student will be exposed to psychiatric practice in a tertiary care general hospital setting. The student has the opportunity to assess patients and follow psychiatric treatment in adult and geriatric patients. The student will participate and observe in the areas of Consultation and Liaison Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Medical Psychiatry, and Chemical Dependency. The student will work with and observe multi-disciplinary team treatment via learning the relationships between practicing psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses, social workers, occupational and recreational therapists, chemical dependency counselors, and other professional personnel. The student will participate and be exposed to a wide range of treatment philosophies and techniques, ranging from the use of psychotropic medication and electroconvulsive therapies to cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, insight oriented, and other types of psychotherapy. The student will have the opportunity to learn firsthand the challenges and rewards of the practice of psychiatry in an urban community and in a general hospital setting. The senior student will have total supervision by the faculty. The format is that of a preceptorship with one-on-one interaction between the student and his/her faculty member(s). The student will not be required to take night call on this elective.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Denise Monday (DMonday@iuhealth.org)

Director: Anne Gilbert, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Active Members of the Psychiatry Section

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Interview for differential of psychiatric vs medical illness (PC1)
  • 2) Form differential diagnosis and confirming or exclusionary tests (PC2)
  • 3) Form initial treatment plans (PC3)
  • 4) Identify and research recent research in area of diagnosis (PBLI1)
  • 5) Identify team treatment biases and start initial education and role modeling (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Each student will be observed interviewing, doing H and P's, chart noting and formulating and initiating treatment plans. All students are supervised one on one and will be given as much autonomy as their clinical level warrants. Assessment will be based on both oral and written presentations).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Psychiatry and Medicine clerkships must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-45

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Denise Monday (DMonday@iuhealth.org) Any student wanting to drop or add this elective after the initial computer scheduling should contact Denise Monday at 317-962-8116 or DMonday@iuhealth.org. THIS COURSE MAY BE DROPPED/ADDED WITHIN SEVEN DAYS OF THE ELECTIVE MONTH BEGINNING.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: The student will work with social workers, chemical dependency specialists, nurses, pharmacists and other medical specialties.

Service Learning Included: None