IU School of Medicine



This is an opportunity to acquire skills in dealing with acute psychiatric problems. Emphasis is on short-term crisis intervention theory and approach. Patients are seen through emergency room referral and on a walk-in basis 24 hours a day. Students will have the opportunity to work within the Community Mental Health Center system observing and participating in work with patients, families, and community agencies. Those considering a residency in psychiatry will find this elective an excellent preparation for the stresses of "night call." Those interested in primary care will have an opportunity to learn about the differential diagnosis of "functional" versus "organic" disorders and to learn about treatment options for patients with depression, anxiety, and other psychiatric disorders. This is located in our Crisis Intervention Unit. This is an emergency walk-in clinic, operated 24/7. It serves at least 16,000- 17,000 patients a year, and fields thousands of phone calls. There is no age limit. It serves culturally diverse population, with multiple psycho-social issues and challenging needs.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Vicki Anderson (vpetrou@iupui.edu) and Dr. Gregory Singleton (Gregory.Singleton@eskenazihealth.edu)

Director: Brian S. Hart, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eskenazi Health Services (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Discuss bio-psychosocial issues in psychiatry (MK7)
  • 2) Demonstrate team work and a multidisciplinary (treatment planning) approach (SBP1)
  • 3) Perform independent clinical evaluations and crisis intervention activity (PC1)
  • 4) Perform risk assessment and immediate intervention for suicide, homicide, and violent (SBP2)
  • 5) Apply sophisticated interviewing skills (ISC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical observation of interview skills and technic, oral presentation, case discussion, treatment planning/ immediate intervention and disposition, case write up at the end of each presentation). Discussing handouts/journal articles based on the cases seen/presented.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 10% Lecture; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Vicki Anderson (vpetrou@iupui.edu) and Dr. Gregory Singleton (Gregory.Singleton@eskenazihealth.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? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Mostly Social workers. Our initial patient contact is with Social worker who gathers the information and presents it to the attending. Students are tagged with social worker initially just to observe the process and then do independent assessments.

Service Learning Included: Yes

Detaials for Service Learning: