Students interested in experiencing clinical psychiatry in more depth than the four-week required clerkship can consider electives in psychiatry. Students considering primary care specialties are particularly encouraged to consider a clinical elective in psychiatry.
The Department of Psychiatry maintains a standard elective in research. The department deeply values student contribution and projects. Psychiatry faculty hope to foster interest in research through meaningful experience. The department is pursuing many areas of research, including genetics of major disorders, substance abuse issues, issues of development and aging, and women’s issues. Student projects span from basic psychiatric research to broader-reaching topics such as student education and art in psychiatry.
Department of Psychiatry faculty want medical students to discover the exciting and rewarding career of psychiatrist. MD students at IU School of Medicine maintain a student interest group in psychiatry as one avenue to explore the world of psychiatric practice. Career mentors are available to explore the experience of being a psychiatrist. All residents and faculty in the Department of Psychiatry are deeply committed to advancing the field and serve as excellent resources to gain more information about the experience of being a psychiatrist. Students are invited to contact the Program Director in Psychiatry for information on application procedures, suggested electives and general information regarding residency.