WUMS III Ambulatory Clerkship

The goals of the ambulatory clerkship rotation in psychiatry are to teach "psychiatry for non-psychiatrists" and to allow additional exposure in psychiatry to interested students for whom the 4-week required clerkship is too brief.

Students will be assigned to one of the sites below (maximum number of students at each site in parentheses). There are no call duties during the ambulatory clerkship. Students should submit a request ranking their top 2 sites to the Clerkship Office. Serious effort will be made to accommodate 1st choices. Requests should be received 2 weeks prior to the expected start date of the rotation.

  • Adult psychiatry clinic (2): Students will work with advanced residents in caring for new and follow-up clinic patients at the Center for Outpatient Health. They will also visit community sites of interest and submit brief summaries of these visits, as well as participate in ongoing psychotherapy groups.
  • Psychiatry consultation service (2): Students will work with advanced residents and attending physicians in addressing questions of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment for patients on non-psychiatric wards of Barnes Jewish Hospital.
  • Child psychiatry (1): Students will work with residents, child psychiatry fellows, and attending physicians in caring for new and follow-up clinic patients, as well as participate in emergency and/or consult-liaison psychiatry, at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

All students will perform a review of a relevant clinical topic of their choice. Students will prepare written (5-10 pages) and oral (15-30 minutes) presentations of their findings. The topic should be relevant to a clinical issue at the student’s assigned site. Topics should be selected and emailed to the Coursemaster within the first 2 weeks of the clerkship. Students should consult with their attending/supervisor regarding the specific focus and content of the review and preparation of their presentations. Students are welcome to contact the Coursemaster with any questions or concerns regarding the assignment.

All students are expected to track all patient contacts in a patient log .

The final grade for the clerkship will be determined by clinical evaluations (75%) and the clinical review (25%). Questions or issues may be submitted to the Clerkship Office at 362-2469 or by email (