Psychiatry (4 weeks)


The psychiatry clerkship is a four week experience that combines hospital-based work with outpatient experiences.  Three primary site assignments are available including the consultation-liaison service at University of Chicago, the community inpatient service at Northshore, and the academic inpatient service.  Each site includes University of Chicago faculty and residents.  Each site features one or two half days of clinic experiences each week.  Students also have call responsibilities a few times during the rotation that allow them to experience emergency psychiatry.

The Clerkship Sites

  • University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) – Primary assignment on the adult consultation-liaison (CL) psychiatry service that provides assessment and consultation to patients and physicians on UCMC medical, surgical, and subspecialty units.
  • Evanston Hospital – Primary assignment on the adult inpatient unit providing psychiatric care to both general psychiatry and dual diagnosis patients.
  • Chicago Lakeshore Hospital (CLH) – Primary assignment on the adult inpatient service with University of Chicago faculty and residents.  The patients have severe mental illness and often have co-morbid substance use disorders.  Chicago Lakeshore Hospital is a freestanding, for profit psychiatric hospital.
  • University of Chicago outpatient clinics – Students are assigned to weekly outpatient clinics including general adult clinics, neuropsychiatry clinic, our clinics for patients with schizophrenia, and child psychiatry clinics.


The goal of the clerkship is to impart basic psychiatric skills and a fund of knowledge that will provide students with the tools necessary to detect and manage common mental disorders as future physicians.  Broad areas of skills include interviewing techniques, including history-taking and mental status examination of psychiatric symptoms and signs; development of psychiatric differential diagnoses and a formulation of patients’ psychiatric illness; and formulation of psychiatric treatment options, including pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy.  The fund of knowledge students must acquire includes the epidemiology, phenomenology, pathophysiology, treatment, and course of psychiatric disorders.  At the end of the rotation, mastery of these skills and areas of knowledge is assessed through written evaluations by faculty and residents of the student’s clinical performance during the clerkship, by a NBME “shelf” subject examination, and by a standardized patient exam.  More information can be obtained at our website: - - > link to Psychiatry Clerkship website.

Psychiatry Grade

  • Clinical Performance - 67%
  • NBME Shelf Exam - 33%
  • OSCE - P/F