The telepsychiatry/telemental health elective offers medical students an opportunity to gain clinical exposure to video-conferencing technology as a means of health care delivery. Students will work with attendings who perform telepsychiatry evaluations spanning adolescent, adult, and geriatric age ranges. Students will become familiar with telepsychiatry consultation and mental healthcare delivery to clinical settings including primary care (ICARED), forensics/ Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), state mental health center and geriatric PACE (Program for All Inclusive Care of the Elderly) sites. This elective will include assigned readings on the scope and effectiveness of telepsychiatry applications from the extant literature.
Students will gain exposure to outpatient psychiatry in a private practice setting. Under the supervision of the attending psychiatrist, students will become familiar with conducting initial and follow up assessments on patients. Students will become familiar with the unique aspects of managing mental illness within the construct of a private practice model. Students will gain exposure to the management of patients with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders. Clinical experiences will be individualized based on the interests of each student when possible.