Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 380–387

Psychiatry in the Harvard Medical School—Cambridge Integrated Clerkship: An Innovative, Year-Long Program

  • Todd Griswold
  • Christopher Bullock
  • Elizabeth Gaufberg
  • Mark Albanese
  • Pedro Bonilla
  • Ramona Dvorak
  • Claudia Epelbaum
  • Lior Givon
  • Karsten Kueppenbender
  • Robert Joseph
  • J. Wesley Boyd
  • Derri Shtasel
Original Article

Abstract

Objective

The authors present what is to their knowledge the first description of a model for longitudinal third-year medical student psychiatry education.

Method

A longitudinal, integrated psychiatric curriculum was developed, implemented, and sustained within the Harvard Medical School-Cambridge Integrated Clerkship. Curriculum elements include longitudinal mentoring by attending physicians in an outpatient psychiatry clinic, exposure to the major psychotherapies, psychopharmacology training, acute psychiatry “immersion” experiences, and a variety of clinical and didactic teaching sessions.

Results

The longitudinal psychiatry curriculum has been sustained for 8 years to-date, providing effective learning as demonstrated by OSCE scores, NBME shelf exam scores, written work, and observed clinical work. The percentage of students in this clerkship choosing psychiatry as a residency specialty is significantly greater than those in traditional clerkships at Harvard Medical School and greater than the U.S. average.

Conclusion

Longitudinal integrated clerkship experiences are effective and sustainable; they offer particular strengths and opportunities for psychiatry education, and may influence student choice of specialty.

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© Academic Psychiatry 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd Griswold
    • 1
    • 2
  • Christopher Bullock
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Gaufberg
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark Albanese
    • 1
    • 2
  • Pedro Bonilla
    • 1
    • 2
  • Ramona Dvorak
    • 1
    • 2
  • Claudia Epelbaum
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lior Givon
    • 1
    • 2
  • Karsten Kueppenbender
    • 2
    • 3
  • Robert Joseph
    • 1
    • 2
  • J. Wesley Boyd
    • 1
    • 2
  • Derri Shtasel
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Cambridge Health AllianceCambridge
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBoston
  3. 3.Massachusetts General HospitalBoston
  4. 4.Cambridge Health AllianceSomerville

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