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Department of Psychiatry Elective Catalog Latino Psychiatry Elective

Latino Psychiatry Elective

Preceptor: Daniel Kestelman, MD
Course Code: 14-30
Contact clerkship coordinator: Jeffrey Sanchez,
Tel: (646) 754-4845

Prerequisites: Psychiatry Clinical Clerkship; Spanish language fluency


Students increase their knowledge of psychopathology, psychiatric diagnosis, and psychotherapy, and participate in the evaluation and management of psychiatric inpatients with a broad range of psychiatric disturbances, with special attention to the Latino population. Students gain experience completing psychiatric assessments in Spanish as well as speaking with family members of patients in Spanish in order to provide clinical updates and obtain collateral information. Students improve their understanding of how cultural factors influence diagnosis, the doctor-patient relationship, and treatment, including the role of the family.

Key Responsibilities of the Student during the Elective

Under supervision, students serve as primary clinicians and therapists in evaluating newly admitted patients, formulating a differential diagnosis, prescribing treatment, and monitoring progress. Students are responsible for both the physical and psychiatric health of patients they are assigned. Students should be comfortable completing psychiatric assessments in Spanish.

Didactic Program

Students participate in the biweekly clerkship journal club at Bellevue, PGY 2 psychiatry residents' weekly half-day of didactics, and weekly NYU Psychiatry Grand Rounds Thursdays at 11AM-Noon.

Method of Evaluation

Students are evaluated on the basis of their day to day care of patients and daily clinical supervision by the attending staff on 20 North.

Scheduling Information

Months offered: All year
Report to: Bellevue Hospital 20 North Unit
Students per period: 1
Duration: Four weeks