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Department of Psychiatry Elective Catalog Forensic Psychiatry Elective

Forensic Psychiatry Elective

Preceptor: Theresa DeFreitas Nicholson, M.D.
Course Code: 14-26
Contact clerkship coordinator: Jeffrey Sanchez,
Tel: (646) 754-4845

Prerequisite: Psychiatry Clerkship


The Forensic Psychiatry Service serves male inmates (ages 16 years and older) in the New York City correctional system. The demographics of the male population served reflects that of the jails and prisons of New York City in that the majority of patients are from minority groups: black and hispanic. Although the majority of the patients are from lower-income, minority groups, we frequently treat and evaluate professionals including doctors (even psychiatrists), lawyers, businessmen and clergymen. The age range is generally in the younger to middle twenties. On average the population is generally one-half treatment cases and one-half evaluation cases. A majority of cases carry a DSM-IV Axis I psychiatric diagnosis. The most frequent diagnoses are that of Schizoaffective Disorder, Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and Depressive Disorders. Also common among the population are diagnoses of Personality Disorder and Impulse Control Disorder. The assessment of Malingering is an essential component of each evaluation. A substantial number of referrals are sent for treatment because of suicidal or homicidal tendencies.

Key Responsibilities of the student while on Elective

The student has a case-load of no less than three and no more than six ongoing treatment patients at one time. He/she will also assist in performing forensic consultations and psychiatric consultations for the medical/surgical prison ward.

The student receives two hours of formal supervision weekly, and ongoing supervision daily.

Didactic Program

Students attend clinical case conferences, medical and psychiatric ethics seminars, and other educational conferences held on the Service weekly. Additionally, the Students attend Grand Rounds at New York University Medical Center weekly, and educational seminars held at Bellevue Hospital Center bimonthly.

Scheduling Information

Months Offered: All Year
Report To: Bellevue Hospital 19 West Unit
Students Per Period: 1
Duration: 4 weeks