Our program recognizes the vital importance of core psychiatric principles to all areas of medicine. We view the medical school undergraduate curriculum as a key opportunity to impart knowledge, skills and attitudes crucial for the future physician in any medical specialty, including but not limited to psychiatry and the neurosciences. BWH/FH psychiatry faculty, fellows, and residents are integrally involved in the preclinical psychiatry course, core clerkship, and longitudinal seminars in the third year Principal Clinical Experience. Psychiatry faculty also serve as research and clinical mentors.
Collaborating closely with superb educators in other medical specialties, we have prioritized the integration of neuroscience, internal medicine and psychiatry, and have pioneered collaborative care models in which psychiatrists serve as embedded outpatient consultants in primary care, oncology, transplantation, and infectious disease clinics, among others. Uniquely, medical students have the opportunity to learn psychiatry in these settings, as well as more traditional settings, providing a cutting edge perspective our the field as it evolves toward the “medical home” model.
BWH and FH each host a section of PS700M.J (Psychopathology and Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry). The BWH section, directed by John Peteet MD with assistance from Emily Deans MD, interacts with inpatients on the medical floors at BWH as well as outpatients in both physicians’ practices. The FH section, directed by Fremonta Meyer MD with assistance from Robert Kitts MD and Katherine Young MD, interacts with psychiatric inpatients at FH. Our faculty have been highly involved in ongoing course development including structural changes and exam writing. In addition, faculty have participated in functions of the HMS Psychiatry Interest Group.
BWH and FH are highly rated core sites for the Harvard Medical School psychiatry clerkship, each hosting up to 2-3 students per month. Arash Ansari MD is the site director at FH. Fremonta Meyer MD is the site director at BWH, assisted by Joji Suzuki MD. Students at both sites have shared didactics as well as required and optional experiences in collaborative care, as above. Students may experience the opposite site via Wednesday afternoon consultation activities at BWH and Monday afternoons/weekend call shifts at FH. We also offer a 1-day visit experience at McLean Hospital for interested students and are closely connected with faculty at Children’s Hospital where students can take call shifts and/or participate in mentoring activities via the Klingenstein Fellowship.
BWH’s advanced medical psychiatry elective, directed by Fremonta Meyer MD, provides a rich experience in psychosomatic medicine as well as increased exposure to a broad range of liaison opportunities (including cardiac and lung transplant, OBGYN, epilepsy, oncology, burn trauma, among others). Faculty are also dedicated to career mentoring of advanced students.
DFCI and BWH offer an advanced elective in psychosocial oncology and palliative care, directed by John Peteet MD, of which two weeks are spent on the medical psychiatry service seeing oncology patients.
Finally, elective coursework in women’s mental health (Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc) and addiction psychiatry (Joji Suzuki, MD) and neuropsychiatry (Gaston Baslet, MD) can also be arranged.
We welcome both HMS students and students from other United States medical schools. Please contact the HMS registrar’s office to arrange a rotation.
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