IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93PS980 — PSYCHIATRY - INPATIENT


The student will be directly responsible for the primary medical and psychiatric management of a case load of 6-8 inpatients under the supervision of a staff psychiatrist. A team treatment concept is stressed and the student will be expected to closely interact with the allied mental health professionals within the ward milieu. A wide spectrum of psychopathology will be encountered, including but not limited to : schizophrenia, affective disorders, organic disorders, substance abuse, anxiety, and personality disorders. Understanding will also be gained into how psychic distress impacts on physical functioning. The patient diversity will allow the student the opportunity to gain mastery in the evaluation of personality dynamics and in the differential diagnosis of emotional pathology. While biological treatment modalities are stressed, the clinical setting allows the interested student ample opportunities to participate in various psychotherapeutic and behavioral treatment methods which are applicable to the primary care setting. Each student will receive a minimum of 3 hours of individual supervision per week with the availability of additional informal staffing, as needed. Finally, the student will be encouraged to attend various lectures, seminars, and case presentations conducted by the Department of Psychiatry which would be felt to enrich their educational experience. This elective is sufficiently flexible to address the educational needs of both future psychiatrists as well as future practitioners of primary care medicine.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Paula Mathewson, MD (paula.mathewson@va.gov)

Director: Paula Mathewson, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis)

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)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 15% Lecture/Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Paula Mathewson, MD (paula.mathewson@va.gov) 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: Yes

Skills Description: nursing, social work, pharmacy

Service Learning Included: None