Year Four Courses

PSCHT 775 - Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry Elective


Credits: 5


Program Directors:

  • Dr. Mark Rapp


Administrative Coordinator:

Ms. Pat Donnelly (


Contact Information:



Third year Psychiatry clerkship


Maximum Number of Students:

1 (HY) and 1 (Lehigh)


When Offered:

All Rotations


Length Of Course:

1 month



Hershey and Lehigh (Dr. Edward Norris). 8:30 a.m.; Room C5600



This four week elective on the Psychiatry consultation/liaison service is designed to give the student experience in recognizing and treating emotional problems of patients on the medical and surgical services. The student will develop skills in interviewing and assessing patients with a broad range of psychopathology and skills in assessing the interrelationship of medical and psychiatric conditions. The student will also learn the basic principles of performing a therapeutic evaluation, of short-term psychotherapy, and the indications for prescribing psychotherapeutic agents. He or she will learn how to become an effective part of the medical team holistically caring for the patient.
This student experience is similar in many respects to that of a resident in Psychiatry. The student will evaluate medical/surgical patients where psychiatric consultation is requested. In this manner the student will gain experience in the diagnosis and management of patients with a wide variety of psychosomatic disorders and emotional reactions to physical illness. During this elective experience the student is closely supervised by the consultation/liaison psychiatrist and will participate in twice-weekly psychosomatic/consultation conference.
This elective is designed for students interested in primary care, the medical or surgical specialties, or Psychiatry. It is for those who want to develop skills in diagnosing and treating the psychiatric aspects of medical illness and who desire a better understanding of the biopsychosocial aspects of medicine. An attending psychiatrist supervises ea


Additional Information:

Report To:

For Hershey: Dr Rapp