Registrar Office

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences (2015)

All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective 

K531 Addictions Medicine (Montefiore Medical Center)
The Departments of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Medicine offer this elective in substance abuse to fourth year students. Students will participate in clinical care in both inpatient and outpatient settings and will be responsible for working up and presenting patients to attending physicians. Inpatient experience will be with the Substance Abuse Consultation and Referral Service (SACRS) at Montefiore Medical Center, which consults on hospitalized patients with substance abuse disorders and provides guidance on the management of acute issues, such as, withdrawal. Outpatient experiences will include observation and participation in the following settings:  Outpatient clinics in the Einstein Division of Substance Abuse, which provide drug treatment services (including pharmacologic treatment of opiate dependence with Methadone and Buprenorphine), as well as, on site medical and psychiatric care.  Montefiore Pain Clinic, which serves many patients with substance abuse disorders.  Citywide Harm Reduction, a social service agency which provides medical and social work services based on a harm reduction model.  12 Step Meetings.  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in ongoing research projects being conducted in the Division of Substance Abuse and to observe therapeutic community and inpatient detoxification facility.

Dr. Melissa Stein
mstein@montefiore.org
718-292-2401
Modules: All
Maximum 1 Students
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 
All students MUST have pre-approval from Course Director prior to registration and where to report on the first day of the rotation.


P501 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
(Montefiore Medical Center / Bronx Psychiatric Center)
The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry offers electives for Medical Students on acute inpatient units (children's unit/adolescent unit), outpatient and consultation/liaison as well triple board pediatric clinic with special emphasis on psychological and psycho-social functioning of children and their families.  Interested students will be over seen by faculty in the division of child and adolescent psychiatry in the evaluation of mentally ill children in the inpatient and outpatient settings well as children in the pediatric setting with medical illnesses complicated by co-morbid psychiatric disorders.

Measurable learning objectives of elective: Outpatient & emergency assessment and initial treatment of children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders. Assessment and consultation in the Pediatric setting of pediatric patients with neuropsychiatric issues.

Learning experience: Patient care under attending supercion on the consultation – Liaison service at the children’s hospital at Montefiore; the Montefiore child and adolescent child psychiatry outpatient clinic; the psychiatric emergency service at Montefiore and the inpatient units at the Bronx children psychiatric center

Method of student feedback and evaluation: Mid Cycle and end of rotation feedback meeting with site director. Evaluation completed by site director and shared with student at final meeting.

Suggested Textbook:
ISBN: 978-0-7817-6214-4
Title: Lewis’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Edition: Fourth
Author: Andrés Martin, Fred R. Volkmar

Dr. Audrey Walker
auwalker@montefiore.org
718- 430-2020
Modules: All
Maximum 1 students
All students MUST have pre-approval from Course Director prior to registration and where to report on the first day of the rotation.


P507 Acute Hospital Psychiatry (Jacobi Medical Center)
Students will join the staff of an active acute term general psychiatric unit, providing a rich variety of hands-on clinical experience. Students will evaluate and treat patients in crisis, with supervision by faculty, and become active members of an interdisciplinary team. Treatment modalities employed will include individual, group, family, and milieu therapy, acupuncture, relaxation training, and substance abuse therapies, individual tutorials, case conferences, medical and research and psychopharmacology rounds, and departmental Grand Rounds will enhance students' learning. Students will experience first-hand how an integrative model of care is applied in a brief- treatment urban setting.

Learning objectives:

-Develop interview skills
-Perform a comprehensive evaluation of a psychiatric inpatient
-Perform a good MSE
-Create a clinically relevant differential diagnosis treatment
-Develop treatment plans and be able to implement them

Learning experience:
9am – 5pm Monday – Friday
-Working with a multidisciplinary team
-Attending morning reports
-Caseload of 6 -8 patients
-Inpatient admissions, evaluations, treatment, discharge planning
-Brief presentation of relevant clinical issues

Method of student feedback and evaluation: Written and verbal feedback; mid-elective and end of elective

Dr. Maryann Popiel
maryann.popiel@nbhn.net
718-918-6702
Modules:  All, except 1A
Max: 2 students
On the first day students report to: JMC Building # 1, Room # 9S5 at 10:00am
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 
All students MUST have pre-approval from Course Director prior to registration.


P516 Phenomenology in Schizophrenia (Bronx Psychiatric Center)
The students will learn the PANSS (Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale), and if interested or appropriate other symptom rating scales (BPRS- Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale, MADRS- Montgomery- Asberg Depression Rating Scale) for the assessment of schizophrenia. They will also learn rating scales for drug induced movement disorders - Parkinsonism, Tardive Dyskinesia and Akathisia and if interested Soft Neurological Signs, Catatonia, Cerebellar Signs and Minor Physical Anomolies. Students will be encouraged to develop their own study to look at aspects of symptoms and signs: for example, does proverb interpretation improve as other symptoms do?  Does the glabella tap belong in a scale of parkinsonism? How have movement disorders changed in the past 20 years?  And we are interested in cultural differences in psychopathology and whether any of these ratings differ according to time of immigration or country of origin. Students with their own idea for a project should contact Dr Bark as early as possible so that it can be approved by the IRB in time for their coming.  Students will be involved in ongoing studies: a survey of Vitamin D, a controlled study treatment of Vitamin D deficiency, an Immigration and Culture survey of the hospital population, a survey of Movement Disorders and a genetic study of diabetes in schizophrenia.  Students will learn about risk factors for Schizophrenia, it's geographical and historical variation, psychopharmacology, psychiatric services in the Bronx and will be encouraged to wonder about the causes and nature of Schizophrenia.

Dr. Nigel Bark
nigel.bark@omh.ny.gov
718-862-5429
Modules: All
Maximum: 1 student
Contact Dr. Bark or Ms. Mary Woesner at Woesner@omh.ny.gov for location and starting time.
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective 

 

P517 Consultation Liaison Service (Montefiore Medical Center)
Student will receive general exposure to psychiatric consultation on the medically ill patient with the opportunity to become acquainted with liaison activities in the general hospital. The student will work under the direct supervision of attendings, fellows, and residents. Students who are interested will also have the opportunity to research how addition patients are cared for in the general medical society and ways to bring greater engagement to this often underserved population. Students who are interested should contact Dr. Howard Forman. After discussion with the student concerning his background and interests, she will arrange elective program.

Maria Gomez, MD 
mfgomez@montefiore.org 
718-920-4441
Modules: All
Maximum: 2 Students
First day student to meet Liaison Division Office - Klau 1 - Montefiore Hospital
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 

  

P518 Addiction Medicine Research (Montefiore Medical Center)
The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and Medicine offer this elective work in Addiction Medicine Research. Several studies are ongoing which include investigations funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes on Drug Abuse and other sources. All are based in the Division of Substance Abuse, a network of substance abuse treatment programs with on-site primary medical and psychiatric care. Ongoing investigations include:  A behavioral intervention to reduce HIV risk behaviors and to improve health-care behaviors among HIV infected drug users.  A study of the ways to enhance adherence with HIV medications which compares directly observed administration of antiretroviral medications to an adherence-enhancing counseling intervention.  A national survey of addiction treating physicians regarding their attitudes and knowledge of hepatitis C treatment and drug users.  A study of the pharmacokinetic interaction between methadone and interferon (used in the treatment of hepatitis C infection).  Students will assist in the evaluation of study participants and in conducting research studies with research staff. Supervision will be provided by the Principal Investigator and other key investigators.

Dr. Julia Arnsten
jarnsten@montefiore.org
718-944-3848
Modules: All
Maximum: 1 students
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 
All students MUST have pre-approval from Course Director prior to registration and where to report on the first day of the rotation.


P520 Emergency Psychiatry (Jacobi Medical Center)
The CPE Program offers a one-month elective in the Acute Management of all psychiatric presentations. Diagnostic interviewing skills with an emphasis on generating broad differential diagnoses will be a major focus of this elective.  Under direct Attending supervision, the student will have the opportunity to evaluate acute psychiatric patients. The student will interview, formulate the broad differential diagnoses, and initiate a treatment plan.

Dr. Benjamin Raatjes and Dr. Ria Fabunan
Benjamin.Raatjes@nbhn.net
Ria.Fabunan@nbnn.net
Modules: All
Maximum 1
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 
All students MUST have pre-approval from Course Director prior to registration and where to report on the first day of the rotation.



 

P526 The molecular genetics of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism (Weiler Hospital)
The Lachman lab uses induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology as a means to understand the molecular basis of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). iPSCs resemble embryonic stem cells in their capacity to differentiate into any cell type, given the correct combination of growth factors and culture conditions. Although originally conceived as a tool for regenerative medicine that bypasses the controversy surrounding the use of embryonic stem cells, iPSCs can also be used for disease modeling. By developing iPSCs from patients with schizophrenia and ASD, patient-specific neurons can be cultivated. We have primarily focused on patients with well-defined deletions involving chromosome 22q11.2, which is the most common genetic variant found in schizophrenia. Neurons derived from these patients and controls are being analyzed using a variety of molecular tools including RNA-seq and ChIP-seq. In addition, we use a gene knockout approach with CRISPR to manipulate schizophrenia and ASD candidate genes in control iPSCs in order to study their effect on neurogenesis. Finally, considering the observation that certain environmental factors play a role in the development of schizophrenia and ASD (maternal immune activation, for example), most likely in the context of underlying genetic variants, neurons derived from iPSCs are being used to study gene x environment interactions. 

Dr. Herbert Lachman
herb.lachman@einstein.yu.edu  
718-430-2428
Modules: All
Maximum: 2 students
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 
All students MUST have pre-approval from Course Director prior to registration and where to report on the first day of the rotation. 



P528 Emergency Psychiatry (Montefiore Medical Center)
Student will function as a junior attending under the supervision of the regular Psychiatric Observation Suite attending staff. Duties include initial evaluation and treatment of patients presenting to the psychiatric emergency room, participation in case conferences and in any ongoing research projects.

Dr. Paul Jayson
pjayson@montefiore.org
718-920-7460
Modules: All
Maximum: 1 student
First day meet Psychiatric Observation Suite, Montefiore Medical Center - 8:30 a.m.
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 

 

P537 Introduction to Geriatric Psychiatry (Montefiore Medical Center) 
Students will participate in the full range of geriatric psychiatry practice including home visits to persons with dementia as well as healthy older adults. Students will also visit a teaching nursing home and perform outpatient evaluations, both in the geriatric psychiatric and medical settings. Additional exposure to legal and ethical issues in geriatric care is also part of the experience. Students will participate in weekly case conferences at each clinical site, attend ongoing lectures and journal clubs in our collaborative care model with the Division of Geriatric Medicine. Students receive individual supervision from faculty and fellows of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry. A variety of research investigations are also underway offering students the unique opportunity to participate in clinical research.

Dr. Gary J. Kennedy
gkennedy@montefiore.org  
718-920-4236
Modules: All
Maximum: 2
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective.  
All students MUST have pre-approval from Course Director prior to registration and where to report on the first day of the rotation. 

 

P539 Mouse Models of Neuropsychiatric Disorders  
The human genome includes many variations, ranging from duplications and deletions of full chromosomes to single nucleotide polymorphisms. Moreover, a large number of kilo- to mega-base copy number variations (CNVs) are associated with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability and schizophrenia. Human chromosome 22q11.2 is one of those CNVs. Children and adolescents with 22q11.2 duplications and deletions consistently exhibit these neuropsychiatric disorders, along with associated cognitive and intellectual impairments during development. However, because duplications and deletions of 22q11.2 encompass 1.5 Mb or larger regions, it is not possible to determine whether segments or single genes are responsible for specific phenotypes in humans. To circumvent these obstacles, our laboratory examines the role of individual 22q11 genes in distinct aspects of cellular and behavioral phenotypes in genetically engineered mice.

Dr. Noboru Hiroi 
noboru.hiroi@einstein.yu.edu 
718-430-3124
Modules: All
Maximum: 2
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 

 

P601 Subinternship Inpatient Clinical Psychiatry (Montefiore Medical Center)
THIS COURSE IS NOT OFFERED TO VISITING STUDENTS 
The student will experience a one month rotation working on the level of a resident in psychiatry under the direct supervision of the Chief Resident and Attending Psychiatrists. Please call the ward before start of subinternship.

Dr. John Navas
email:  jonavas@montefiore.org 
telephone:  718-920-4238
Modules: All
Maximum: 1
Contact Dr. Navas for time and place of reporting
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 

 

P602 Subinternship in Hospital Psychiatry (North Central Bronx Hospital)
Students will join the staff of a lively acute-treatment psychiatric unit, providing a diversity of clinical experience in a brief time. Students will evaluate and treat adults, with supervision by attending faculty. Students will receive education in psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, and the diagnosis of mental disorders. Students will have the opportunity to observe experienced staff interview patients and participate in interdisciplinary treatment meetings. Medical students will also participate in group therapy with patients. students will have the opportunity to attend Grand Rounds at either NCB or Montefiore Hospital on a weekly basis (Grand Rounds are suspended during the summer months).

Learning objectives: 
-Learn how to interview psychiatric patients comprehensively
-Be able to do case presentations in interdisciplinary team meetings
-Become adept at differential diagnoses using standardized criteria
-Become knowledgeable about psychotropic medications and their use
-Be able to successfully engage psychiatric patients and their families in treatment

Learning experience:  
Monday–Friday 9am - 5pm on an inpatient unit. Students have the opportunity to have after hours Psychiatric ER experience as well if they choose. Student will work under the supervision of Attending Psychiatrists. Medical Students will be responsible for the psychiatric and medical care of their assigned patients, under the supervision of the Attending staff.

Method of student feedback and evaluation: Verbal mid rotation feedback; more often if warranted. End of rotation written evaluations, as required by their primary program.

Dr. Haseen Sharma-Cooper
haseen.sharma-cooper@nbhn.net  
718-519-4864
Modules: All
Maximum: 2 students
On the first day students report to Dr. Sharma-Cooper 10A-07, North Central Bronx Hospital at 9amTel: 718.918.7795 
All students must receive pre-approval from Dr. Audrey Walker auwalker@montefiore.org 718-430-2020 prior to registering for any Psychiatry elective. 

  

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