Third Year Psychiatry Clerkship

General Information

Location Instructor
University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry Shivani Kumar, MD 
University of Chicago
Department of Psychiatry 

Marie Tobin, MD
Zehra Aftab, MD
Shivani Kumar, MD

Khalid Afzal, MD
Tina Drossos, Ph.D.

ENH Northshore

Ravi Valluripalli, MD
Hao Cheng, MD

Ingalls Hospital

Carolyn Shima, MD
Diandra Lucia, MD


  1. Perform a psychiatric evaluation on a new patient.
  2. Document that evaluation as a History and Physical.
  3. Present that evaluation orally as a seven to the ten-minute case.
  4. Evaluate document (as a SOAP notes), and present (for thirty seconds to three minutes) follow-up cases on rounds each day.
  5. Become familiar with the diagnosis of all other psychiatric disorders.
  6. Become familiar with the diagnosis of all other psychiatric disorders.
  7. Develop a strong working knowledge of psychopharmacology, including the indications for each medication and their side effects.
  8. Become adept at assessing and addressing suicidality.

    Conditions that will be covered during your clerkship by observation, lectures, or reading are as follows:

    Major Depressive Disorder
    Anxiety Disorder
    Substance Abuse
    Personality Disorder
    Bipolar Disorder
    Generalized Anxiety Disorder
    Panic Disorder
    Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    Alcohol Dependence
    Drug Dependence
    Somatization Disorder
    Conversion Disorder
    Factitious Disorder
    Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
    Conduct Disorder
    Tic Disorder
    Intermittent Explosive Disorder
    Anorexia Nervosa
    Bulimia Nervosa
    Borderline Personality Disorder
    Antisocial Personality Disorder

Required Activities
You will have inpatient, outpatient, and emergency room, and in some instances, psychiatric consultation-liaison experience. There will be opportunities for patient responsibility under supervision. Specific activities, including case write-ups and case presentations, will be outlined at the orientation session at each site.  Students are assigned to outpatient clinics as indicated on individualized schedules. Students are expected to leave their inpatient or consultation-liaison activities at the assigned times in order to fulfill their outpatient responsibilities.

We utilize four different clinical sites for the bulk of the training of medical students during their psychiatry clerkship.  These are the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics (UC), Ingalls Memorial Hospital (ING), and Northshore (ENH); at UC, there are 3 sites - 1) Adult Inpatient Psychiatry at Ingalls Hospital, 2) Adult Consult-Liason Psychiatry 3) Child and Adolescent Consult-Liason Psychiatry. Prior to each rotation, students are emailed to ask whether they have a preference for a particular site, and we accommodate as many requests as we can. 

Planned absences must be arranged BEFORE the rotation begins. Contact Mrs. Brandy Tyrpin, who will also refer you to your primary attending in order to allow for make-up work on your assigned service. For emergency absences, please notify your clinical supervisor also.

Personal Issues
Some students experience particular discomfort on the psychiatry rotation because of current or past personal or family psychiatric illness on which the work with psychiatric patients focuses increased attention. Please let the clerkship director, Dr. Shivani Kumar, know so that we can help you navigate this experience.

Information for Students

Third Year Psychiatry Clerkship Lectures 

Date   Topic Lecturer Time Location
  Orientation Dr. Dustin Ehsan 8-10AM M-347
  Psychiatric Interview Dr. Dustin Ehsan 10-11AM M-347
  Mental Status Exam Dr. Dustin Ehsan 11-Noon M-347


  Psychosis Dr. Marie Tobin 1-3PM M-347


  Mood Disorders Dr. Jon Grant 3-5PM M-347


   Anxiety Cases Dr. Dustin Ehsan 1-2PM M-347


  Psychopharmacology 1 Dr. Dustin Ehsan 2-3PM M-347
  CBT/Neuropsych testing/ECT Dr. Dustin Ehsan 1-2PM M-347
  Psychopharmacology 2 Dr. Dustin Ehsan 2-3PM M-347
  Somatic and Trauma disorders Dr. Dustin Ehsan 1-2PM M-347
  Psychopharmacology 3 Dr. Dustin Ehsan 2-3PM M-347


  Addictions Dr. Dustin Ehsan 1-2PM M-347


  Personality disorders Dr. Dustin Ehsan 2-3PM M-347
  Medical/Legal Cases Dr. Dustin Ehsan 1-2PM M-347


  Child Psychiatry Dr. Dustin Ehsan 2-3PM M-347


  Review Dr. Dustin Ehsan 3-5PM M-347


We continue to incorporate a written examination into the rotation.  You will have plenty of opportunities to practice this by working through tests from board review books that are on reserve in Crerar Library Reserve Section, under "Psychiatry Third Year Clerkship" the call # is YP70987.  FYI, these books to help you prepare for this exam are listed below:

Blueprints - the first page says "Psychotic Disorders"
Blueprints in Psychiatry
Murphy MJ, Cowan RL, Sederer LI
Blackwell Science Inc (1997)
ISBN: 0865425035

Appleton & Lange - the first page says "Definitions"
Appleton and Lange's Review of Psychiatry
Easson WM
5th edition (1996)
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
ISBN: 0838502474

Swanson - first page says "Psychiatry/Behavioral Science and Communication"
Family Practice Review: A Problem-Oriented Approach
3rd Edition
Swanson RW (1996)
Mosby-Year Book
ISBN: 081518624X
* Previous oral exams with answers - the first page says "The Music Student" Of course, these are for you to study for the oral examinations, but they are on reserve in the same area.
* NMS - first page says "NMS" (there are three parts - comprehensive, study questions, and answers).

Psychiatry (The National Medical Series for Independent Study)
3rd Edition
Scully JH (1996)
Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
ISBN: 0683062638

Pretest - first page says "Evaluation, Assessment, and Diagnosis"
Psychiatry: PreTest Self-Assessment and Review
9th Edition
Mezzacappa GM (2000)
McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
ISBN: 0071361553 


All students will take call at The University of Chicago. There are two types of call while on psychiatry.  First, all students will be assigned a Saturday or Sunday here at University of Chicago.  Call begins at 8 AM and ends in the evening, between 6 and 10 PM depending on the day's work.  You will work with the on call resident on new patients from the emergency department and the consultation service and round with the attending when they arrive to see new patients.  Second, students assigned to UC CL or UC child will be assigned a Saturday morning at Ingalls.  This will provide an opportunity to see the inpatient unit and round with the attending.  Students should arrive at Ingalls at 8 AM to work with the resident and prepare for rounds.  In general rounds last from 9 AM until about 12 PM and rarely extend longer.  Once rounds at Ingalls are over students are finished for the day.  Students will not be assigned to the following University holidays:  Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.  Contact the resident on call upon your arrival to the University of Chicago Hospital.  Pager for the resident on call is 188-7032.  ER number is (773) 702-6250.  Call schedules are available for Rotations:


Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
3/19/23 3/20/23 3/21/23 3/22/23 3/23/23 3/24/23 3/25/23
Prior to Rotation Psychiatry Orientation No Student No Student No Student No Student Dolan/Yan
Ingalls Call
3/26/23 3/27/23 3/28/23 3/29/23 3/30/23 3/31/23 4/1/23



No Student No Student No Student No Student No Student Moir/Zhang
Ingalls Call
4/2/23 4/3/23 4/4/23 4/5/23 4/6/23 4/7/23 4/8/223



No Student No Student No Student No Student No Student Penumalee
Ingalls Call
4/9/23 4/10/23 4/11/23 4/12/23 4/13/23





No Student

No Student

No Student No Student No Student Sneider
Ingalls Call
4/16/23 4/17/23 4/18/23 4/19/23 4/20/23 4/21/23  


No Student

No Student No Student No Student EXAM


Third Year Psychiatry Schedules

UC Hospitals

Name Rotation  March - April

Ingalls Hospital
Ashley Diaz
Abigail Sneider
Jason Xiao

Inpatient Elective TBA

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UCM - Consult Liaison Service
John Moir
Stratton Tolmie
Allie Yian
Jason Zhang

Sub I
C/L Elective

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UCM Child CL Service
Romy Portieles Pena


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Rotation March - April

Daniel Dolan
Leena Penumalee

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Sub I TBA 
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OSCE Examination (Standardized Patient Exams)

Friday 4-14-23

Location is the CPC West

Session #1 at 12-1:15PM
John Moir
Stratton Tomile
Allie Yan
Jason Zhang

Session #2 at 1:30-2:45PM
Ashley Diaz
Jason Xiao
Abigail Sneider

Session #3 at 3:00-4:15PM
Daniel Dolan
Leena Penumalee
Romy Portieles Pena

NBME Shelf Examination
Friday 4-21-23
Exam @ 9 am but arrive between 8-8:30 am. Closer to 8 is recommended in case you have issues that need troubleshooting.
Done remotely via Zoom with your own laptop.
(Direct questions contact Eddy Markaj at )


Grades are based on four areas of performance: 
1. clinical performance on your inpatient service
2. performance on the NBME exam
3. performance on the OSCE exam
4. Quality of a written sample H & P

Your clinical grade accounts for 40% of the final grade.  The OSCE and the NBME each account for 25% of the final grade.  The H&P write up accounts for 10% of the final grade.
Students who fail the NBME will be required to pass the make up exam.  If a students passes the make-up exam exam they will receive a final grade of pass.  If a student fails the make-up exam, they will fail the clerkship and have to repeat the clerkship.  If a student fails the clinical portion of the clerkship they will receive a failing grade and have to repeat the clerkship.

Rotation Schedules