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Teaching & Clerkships

Psychiatry Faculty members are involved in teaching in all years of the medical school academic program, including the Emphasis Program

Our faculty contribute to the Patient, Profession & Society course and the Brain & Behavior course in the second year. We teach the psychiatric interview in a small-group setting, at the end of the second year.

Third year rotations offer clinical experiences, alongside residents and often with fellows in Psychosomatic Medicine, Child Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry, in both inpatient and outpatient settings.medical students

We also offer several psychiatry electives and externships for Vanderbilt or visiting medical students in their fourth year of education. Each of these educational opportunities provides a level of responsibility that facilitates learning about the practice of psychiatry. These experiences are highly rewarding for those considering a career in Psychiatry. Others, who may choose other specialties as careers, will find the enrichment of Psychiatry rotations invaluable in learning to provide care for individuals with common mental illnesses.

Students rotating on our clerkships, electives, and externships also attend our Grand Rounds in Psychiatry series, gaining exposure to the science and clinical application of Psychiatry.

We look forward to assisting you with any questions regarding elective selections so that you may take advantage of, and make a best choice among, the many opportunities across the spectrum of clinical settings served by our profession.

Please contact us for more information or to arrange an elective for your fourth year.  Fourth year students from other institutions will be accommodated as space allows.  Inquiries from students at other institutions should also be addressed to the Assistant Registrar.  


Ronald L. Cowan, M.D., Ph.D.
Psychiatry Clerkship Director
Director, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Program
Scientific Director, Vanderbilt Addiction Center
Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Department of Psychiatry  |  Vanderbilt School of Medicine
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital  |  1601 23rd Ave. S.  |  Nashville, TN 37212
Phone: (615) 936-3555  |  Fax:  (615) 343-8400 (fax)

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