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Chair/Steven P. Wengel, M.D.
Clerkship Director:  Sharon Hammer, M.D.
Curriculum Coordinator:  Elisabeth (Liz) Sorenson/Stephanie Hansen, Poynter Hall, 4th floor

It is strongly recommended that students select electives in areas other than that in which they have had previous clerkship experience.  Students desiring assistance in selecting electives and/or career planning should contact Liz Sorenson/Stephanie Hansen at 402-552-6170/402-552-6235 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hammer.

All electives must be pre-arranged with Liz Sorenson/Stephanie Hansen and requested through OASIS.

PSYC 718 STRESS REDUCTION TECHNIQUES FOR THE PRACTICING CLINICIAN 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

Medical school is recognized as a stressful life event. A major study has shown that 50% of medical students experience burnout and 10% experienced suicidal ideation (Drybe et al. Burnout and suicidal ideation among U.S. medical students. Ann Intern Med 2008; 149:334--41.) Physicians continue to experience stress in residency and in their future practices. This elective is intended to provide the student an opportunity to understand the potential of stress reduction techniques as an integral part of whole-person care by exposure to stress reduction techniques that are currently used in a variety of medical settings. Some of the practices include meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and structured breathing and movement exercises. These are among the best known and most widely used of the complementary, alternative or integrative approaches to healthcare. Students will learn of the evidence base supporting the use of these techniques and will practice a variety of the techniques during this elective. In addition to assisting the student with managing their own stress, and in the process improving their resiliency, this experience will also facilitate the student serving as educator and mentor for improving the lives of their future patients.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 4 Cr Hours; Synchronous 10, Research 20, Other 10

Instructor: Dr. Brent Khan and Dr. Steven Wengel

Contact: Liz Sorenson; psychmededu@unmc.edu; 402-559-8280; PYH Rm 4013 (Zip 5575)

Typically Offered: July-February.

Capacity: 6

Visiting Student Information: This course is NOT available to visiting students.

PSYC 723 ADULT INPATIENT PSYCHIATRY SUB-INTERNSHIP 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

This inpatient elective allows the student to build upon the foundation of clinical skills established during the third year psychiatry clerkship. The student will be involved in the assessment and treatment of adult patients with mental illness requiring inpatient stabilization in the UNMC Adult Crisis Unit or Lasting Hope Recovery Center. Students will be expected to work at a level similar to that of an intern / resident under the supervision of staff. Students may attend case conferences and Grand Rounds and participate in self-directed learning. Students selecting LHRC will be required to complete a urine drug screen (at no cost to the student) and additional paperwork.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 4 Cr Hours; 40 Clinical

Instructor: Dr. Jeana Benton and Dr. Matthew Egbert

Contact: Liz Sorenson; psychmededu@unmc.edu; 402-559-8280; PYH Rm 4013 (Zip 5575)

Typically Offered: Each four weeks

Capacity: 2 (1 per service)

Visiting Student Information: This course is NOT available to visiting students.

PSYC 725 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT PSYCHIATRY 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

This elective provides the student greater exposure to the subspecialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. Students will participate with faculty and therapists in outpatient care of this young patient population. Students will participate in the assessment of children and adolescents with a variety of psychiatric diagnoses by interviewing both patients and their caregivers, as well as forming differential diagnoses and bio-psychosocial treatment plans. This elective is intended for those considering a career field involving the treatment of children and adolescents and for those who would like to explore child and adolescent psychiatry as a career.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 4 Cr Hours; 40 Clinical

Instructor: Dr. Maria McGee

Contact: Liz Sorenson; psychmededu@unmc.edu; 402-559-8280; PYH Rm 4013 (Zip 5575)

Typically Offered: Each four weeks except November

Capacity: 1

Visiting Student Information: Visiting Students are not to contact faculty or clinical departments prior to acceptance through VSAS. Doing so is considered a professional breach and may disqualify the student from being offered a rotation.

PSYC 727 PSYCHIATRY THROUGH THE LIFESPAN 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

This outpatient psychiatry elective provides an interactive exposure to a diversity of patient populations with mental illness. The student will rotate through week-long experiences in children and adolescent psychiatry, women's health / perinatal care, adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry. Patient care will primarily occur in the outpatient setting. Treatment therapies may include psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological modalities. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty and therapists in evaluating and treating patients. This elective allows the student an opportunity to expanding their psychiatric knowledge and skills.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 4 Cr Hours; 40 Clinical

Instructor: Dr. Sharon Hammer,Dr. Maria McGee, and Dr. Steven Wengel

Contact: Liz Sorenson; psychmededu@unmc.edu; 402-559-8280; PYH Rm 4013 (Zip 5575)

Typically Offered: Each four weeks except November, December, and January

Capacity: 1

Visiting Student Information: Visiting Students are not to contact faculty or clinical departments prior to acceptance through VSAS. Doing so is considered a professional breach and may disqualify the student from being offered a rotation.

PSYC 728 COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

Douglas County Community Mental Health Center provides high quality, comprehensive mental health care for the under-served population of Douglas County. Students will have the opportunity to participate in inpatient care, day treatment and outpatient clinic. Our emphasis is on teaching through direct patient care. Students will be active members of the treatment team and their direct involvement in the treatment planning will be encouraged and expected. Students will develop advanced clinical skill in diagnosis and psychopharmacology through direct involvement in their care. This elective is helpful for students who have interest in psychiatry and desire to work with people in the community who have chronic mental illness.

Credit Hour Breakdown: 4 Cr Hours; 40 Clinical

Instructor: Dr. Rashmi Ojha

Contact: Liz Sorenson; psychmededu@unmc.edu; 402-559-8280; PYH Rm 4013 (Zip 5575)

Typically Offered: Each four weeks

Capacity: 1

Visiting Student Information: This course is NOT available to visiting students.

PSYC 740 CONSULTATION LIAISON PSYCHIATRY SUB-INTERNSHIP 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

This elective provides exposure to medically ill patients with emotional / psychiatric problems with teaching emphasis on psychiatric diagnostic issues, acute treatment plans, short-term intervention techniques and supportive therapies. Readings, self-directed learning, daily rounds, case conferences and liaison with other medical staff in the emergency room and general hospital setting are all part of this elective. Students will be expected to participate in patient care at a level similar to an intern under the supervision of staff. Activity-Hours/Week Rounds-30 Didactic conferences-5 Independent learning-0 Research project-0 Independent patient care-10 Multidisciplinary Meeting-1 Grand Rounds-1

Credit Hour Breakdown: 4 Cr Hours; 40 Clinical

Instructor: Dr. Sharma

Contact: Liz Sorenson; psychmededu@unmc.edu; 402-559-8280; PYH Rm 4013 (Zip 5575)

Typically Offered: Each four weeks

Capacity: 2

Visiting Student Information: This course is NOT available to visiting students.

PSYC 760 OFF CAMPUS ELECTIVE 4 Credit Hours

ELECTIVE

Off-Campus electives may be taken to broaden ones' knowledge of psychiatry generally or to acquire types of experience not available here. Transcultural electives are encouraged. For suggestions concerning possible off-campus electives, contact Dr. Hammer. An Off-Campus Elective Application Form must be submitted for this experience. (See Off-Campus Elective Application procedures.)

Credit Hour Breakdown: 4 Cr Hours; 40 Clinical

Prerequisite:  Off-Campus Approval form completed

Contact: Liz Sorenson; psychmededu@unmc.edu; 402-559-8280; PYH Rm 4013 (Zip 5575)

Typically Offered: Each four weeks

Capacity: Variable Location: Variable.

Visiting Student Information: This course is NOT available to visiting students.