Medical Students

PSYCH 5640:  Psychotic Disorders  (Elective for 4th Year medical student)

Instructors: Stephan Heckers, MD, and faculty (Drs. Amison, Clark, Maley, Stovall and Woodward)

Objectives: Psychosis is a cardinal feature of several psychiatric disorders. This elective emphasizes a clinical appreciation of psychosis and training in the use of diagnostic instruments for clarification of psychotic symptoms. The elective can be tailored to the interests of the student by dividing time among inpatient treatment units and routine outpatient offices, in both clinical and research environments. Activities under the purview of the faculty include a) participation in assessments and treatment planning and b) exposure to neuroimaging and cognitive neuroscience research. The student will be expected to prepare and lead a journal club meeting or case presentation relevant to one of these settings for an audience of attendings and peers.
Prerequisites: Psychiatry 5020, Neurology 5020, and prior planning of activities with Dr. Heckers or his designee.


Residents will participate in daily rounds with the patients and meetings involving treatment and discharge planning; when necessary, the resident will interact with providers from other specialties. The resident also will have the opportunity to work closely with the families and have the opportunity to follow the patients in the outpatient setting. The unique setting of our Early Psychosis program allows longitudinal follow up of our patients in many different settings (inpatient, partial program and outpatient).


The fellow will provide individualized patient care, in different settings, including the inpatient unit and outpatient clinic. This unique structure provides the trainee with the opportunity of making therapeutic decisions in acute and non-acute situations. The longitudinal follow-up offers the possibility of building a stronger alliance between provider and patient, decreasing the likelihood of patient drop-out and increasing chances of compliance with the treatment plan. The fellow will also be involved in our research and the education of residents and medical students.