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Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Elective Catalog Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Elective

Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Elective

Preceptor: Rachel Wurmser, MD
Course Code: 14-16
Contact: Jeffrey Sanchez,

Prerequisites: General Psychiatry Clerkship


This elective is designed for the student interested in learning about the inpatient psychiatric evaluation and treatment of adolescents from 12 to 17 years of age. The elective student will be exposed to a wide range of adolescent psychopathology. The student participates as part of the multidisciplinary team in the detailed diagnostic evaluation that each adolescent and his or her family receives. The student will gain an understanding of the treatment techniques used with adolescents and their families through closely supervised opportunities to provide patient care, including individual and family therapy. Students will participate in clinical case conferences and diagnostic seminars related to their cases. This teaching unit gives students the opportunity to work closely with the faculty and residents of the NYU Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, as well as residents of the NYU Department of Psychiatry.

Objectives of the Elective

Students will gain clinical knowledge and skills related to the total psychiatric care of the adolescent patient. They will learn diagnostic interviewing techniques, medication and psychotherapeutic treatment strategies, how to work on a multidisciplinary team, how to develop and document treatment plans, how to chart clinical work in the medical record, and how to write clinical reports for referral and aftercare planning.

Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective

  1. Follow 3-5 patients and assume primary responsibility for clinical management under house staff and attending physician supervision.
  2. Attend the NYU Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds weekly (90 minutes).
  3. Participate in team meetings twice weekly (60-90 minutes).
  4. Participate in clinical rounds daily with house staff and attending physicians. (60 minutes).
  5. Attend and participate daily in milieu group programs (60-120 minutes).
  6. Attend the NYU Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry resident didactics.
  7. Attend one Furman diagnostic clinic weekly, observing outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry evaluations (120-180 minutes).
  8. Attend Bellevue Child and Adolescent Psychiatry In-Patient Case Conference held on Thursdays at 2PM (90 minutes).
  9. When possible, attend the weekly NYU Child Study Center case conference held Fridays at 9AM (120 minutes).

Didactic Program

In addition to the activities listed above, there will be individual weekly supervision and daily review of clinical work, charting, and case write-ups. Students are provided articles from the clinical and scientific literature of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Method of Evaluation

Evaluation of the student occurs through direct observation and supervisory feedback on a frequent basis. A written evaluation of the elective student's work is completed at the end of the elective.

Scheduling Information

Months offered: All year
Report to: 21 West Unit
Students per period: 1-2
Duration: Four weeks