Medical Student Education in Psychiatry
Geri Fox, MD, Director of Psychiatry Undergraduate Medical Education
Sean Blitzstein, MD, Associate Director and M3 Clerkship Director
The University of Illinois College of Medicine (UI-COM) is the largest public medical school in the United States, with four campuses throughout Illinois (Chicago, Rockford, Peoria, and Urbana-Champaign). Approximately 1,300 medical students attend UI-COM, with 800 at the Chicago campus.
Our mission is to provide excellence in psychiatry education for all medical students and to ensure that all of our future physicians, regardless of their ultimate chosen specialty, learn the fundamentals of psychiatry. We identify and mentor students who are interested in psychiatry and recruit talented future clinician-educators and researchers into the field of psychiatry and subspecialties. We also strive to provide elective experiences to students choosing other fields (e.g. pediatricians wanting child and adolescent psychiatry training).
Psychiatry in the M1 year
Students are exposed to psychiatry during their M1 year through two courses: Human Development and Brain & Behavior.
Psychiatry in the M2 year
Students are exposed to psychiatry during their M2 year through one course, Psychiatry. They also attend an Essentials of Clinical Medicine Mental Status Exam workshop.
Psychiatry in the M3 year
Students complete a six week Clerkship in psychiatry during their M3 year at one of our nine Chicagoland hospitals. This experience provides extensive hands-on clinical experience with residents and attendings.
Psychiatry in the M4 year
There are three M4 elective opportunities for students at the University of Illinois Hospital in psychiatry: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Neuropsychiatry, and Women’s Mental Health. There are also three M4 elective opportunities at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center: Consultation-Liaison, Psychiatric Admitting, and Alcohol Dependence & Substance Abuse. Self-designed electives can also be arranged.
To apply to these electives, UIC medical students and domestic medical students should contact the Psychiatry Medical Education Coordinator. Domestic medical students can find out more about applying to electives at UIC here. International medical students wanting to apply to electives can find more information here.
Additional Resources for Medical Students
The national Psychiatry Students Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN) provides medical students interested in psychiatry with various resources, information, and opportunity bulletins. More information can be found here. There is also a on-campus student interest group at UIC called PsychEd!.
Medical students at UIC can apply to the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation-Jay G. Hirsch Medical Student Fellowship Program, which supports young investigators engaged in basic or clinical research that may lead to a better understanding of neurological and psychiatric disorders. More information about the Fellowship can be found here
The AmericanAcademy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) also provides resources and award opportunities for medical students. More information can be found here.