IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93PS890 — FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY


This elective is designed to give students exposure to 1.) forensic psychiatric evaluations of defendants in jail and office settings; 2.) management and assessment of long-term forensic inpatients in a state hospital setting by spending one day per week at Logansport State Hospital, 3.) management and assessment of jail inmates with mental illness by spending one day per week in a jail psychiatry clinic and 4.) civil commitment by spending one day per week on the inpatient psychiatric unit at Eskenazi Hospital.. We will provide readings on forensic psychiatry topics. Consideration of forensic psychiatry issues from moral/ethical perspectives and the social and policy implications of the practice of forensic psychiatry will be discussed.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: George Parker, MD (geoparke@iupui.edu)

Director: George F. Parker, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health Neuroscience Center (Indianapolis), Logansport State Hospital (Logansport), Marion County Jail 2 (Indianapolis); Eskenazi Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Understand the basic elements of forensic psychiatric evaluations for competence to stand trial and sanity at the time of the offense (SBP2)
  • 2) Observe and participate in the evaluation and care of forensic inpatients in a state hospital setting (PC3)
  • 3) Observe and participate in the evaluation and treatment of jail inmates with mental disorders (PC3)
  • 4) observe and evaluate patients going through civil commitment proceedings (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Primarily Clinical Observations unless the student chooses to do a presentation).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; must have completed Psychiatry clerkship

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 75% Clinical; 5% Research; 5% Lecture/Seminar; 15% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: George Parker, MD (geoparke@iupui.edu) Please contact Vicki Anderson (vpetrou@iupui.edu) before scheduling to determine availability and contact faculty a minimum of 4 weeks prior to start of elective.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None