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Electives Course Catalog

UC Irvine School of Medicine is located in one of the nation's fastest growing and most attractive regions. Orange County offers the cultural and economic resources of an urban area, together with the recreational advantages of sunny Southern California.

A large number of the electives offered by UC Irvine's School of Medicine are conducted at UC Irvine Medical Center in the City of Orange, the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Long Beach or on the campus itself in Irvine.

Other electives take place in the School of Medicine's affiliated hospitals and clinics, primarily in Orange, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, including several rural locations.

The fee per course is $300.

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These courses, which are transcript notation only, are available only to UC Irvine students.

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Psychiatry »

The UC Irvine Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior sponsors the required six-week clerkship for all third-year UC Irvine medical students. The department also sponsors various electives in psychiatry at UC Irvine Medical Center and VA Long Beach for fourth-year medical students who have successfully completed the required clerkship.

The clerkship is divided into two three-week blocks. During each block, students rotate on one of the following services:

  • Adult inpatient psychiatry (UC Irvine Medical Center or VA Long Beach)
  • Adolescent inpatient psychiatry
  • Consultation-liaison/emergency psychiatry
  • Adolescent partial hospitalization program

On all clinical services, students work under the supervision of an attending psychiatrist, as well as senior residents, junior residents, and child/adolescent fellows. Students also learn to work as an integrated part of an interdisciplinary team, which includes nurses, case managers, social workers and occupational therapists.

Each student will rotate for a half-day per week in an outpatient psychiatric clinic at UC Irvine Medical Center or VA Long Beach with attendings, residents and fellows, in order to gain experience treating psychiatric patients in an outpatient setting.

Teaching during the clerkship includes two hours per week of didactic lectures taught by an attending, as well as an hour per week of problem-based learning cases taught by the psychiatry chief residents. Students also participate in weekly departmental grand rounds, journal club and morning report. Clerkship students are expected to complete three weeknight and one weekend evening call shifts during the six-week clerkship (call ends at 10 p.m. to allow students to report for routine clinical duties the next morning).

Students on the clerkship gain clinical knowledge and skills in the treatment of major psychiatric disorders, including substance use disorders and addictions, in adult, geriatric and child/adolescent patient populations. Students gain exposure and develop skills in both medication management and supportive psychotherapy.

The clerkship emphasizes interviewing, communication and observation skills, including proficiency in the mental status exam, which are assessed through clinical observation as well as a structured clinical interview. Clerkship students are also expected to complete an educational project, and must demonstrate a high level of professionalism and ethical behavior.

The Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior also offers electives for fourth-year students at UC Irvine Medical Center and VA Long Beach in addiction psychiatry, adult inpatient psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, emergency psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry.

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