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Devna Rastogi, MD
Director, Medical Student Education Psychiatry

Laura Don, MD
Associate Director, Medical Student Education Psychiatry
@ the Annex

Douglas McCoy, MD
Associate Director, Medical Student Education Psychiatry
@ Desert Vista

Kelly Sacco, BA.
Coordinator, Child Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program
Coordinator, Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry Clerkship
570 W. Brown Road, Mesa, AZ 85201 
Phone: (480) 344-2026
Fax: (480) 344-0219

Core and Elective Inpatient Clerkships
3rd and 4th year Medical Students

The Psychiatry Department and the Division of Child Psychiatry at MIHS recognizes the essential importance of psychiatric education in the undergraduate medical student curriculum.

The Core Clerkship in Psychiatry is offered in the MIHS Department of Psychiatry. MIHS Clerkship assignments are available on inpatient units, consult-liaison services and child psychiatry services. There are nine acute inpatient psychiatric units, which provide psychiatric services to a wide range of patients. Six of the adult general psychiatric units are located at the Desert Vista Behavioral Health Campus in Mesa. There are three additional general psychiatric units and one combined special needs/general medicine unit are located at the Annex campus. The majority of patients on all of the units are hospitalized on an involuntary basis. The inpatient acute stabilization of a psychiatric patient is generally intensive and brief. The average length of stay on the adult units is 10 - 14 days. The units average over 2,300 admissions per year. Each unit is well staffed with two to three staff psychiatrists and psychiatric residents. The medical student on these services would work from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

We provide didactic instruction, which fosters growing competence in the understanding, assessment and multimodal treatment of individuals with major psychiatric disorders as well as individuals with psychiatric presentations in the context of other medical illnesses. The clerkship emphasizes small group and individual supervision with attending faculty.

There are a broad range of electives available to students including advanced clinical experiences in inpatient and child and adolescent psychiatry. Medical students may contact the director of medical student education in psychiatry for assistance in arranging for individualized mentored clinical and research experiences. The student will gain knowledge in diagnosing and treatment of various psychiatric disorders, develop a foundation of bio psychosocial and multidisciplinary approach, and understand the need for early mental illness recognition and treatment.


  • Perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation of a patient
  • Summarize and present clinical findings using biopsychosocial model
  • Demonstrate the ability to develop and discuss differential diagnosis using DSM-5
  • Identify and discuss various treatment modalities in psychiatry
  • Develop competence in psychopharmacological options in psychiatry
  • Demonstrate competency in recognition and management of danger to self, danger to others and other emergency psychiatric presentations
  • Participate in appropriate multidisciplinary meetings, court ordered evaluations, case conferences, and lectures

Rotation Format/Features:

  • Medical students will participate fully and directly in patient care as part of a multidisciplinary treatment team
  • A core curriculum of readings is provided, and this can be readily supplemented based on a particular student’s interest
  • Weekly didactic sessions featuring various core topics in psychiatry
  • An opportunity to observe ECT (Electro-Convulsive Therapy)
  • Inpatient Psychiatry Units in two locations: Psych Annex (Phoenix) or Desert Vista (Mesa)
  • Diverse population and pathology
  • Participation in Court Order Evaluation (COE) process, observation of court proceedings related to COE and COT (Court Ordered Treatment)
  • ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) Psychiatry Electives available
  • Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Elective also available

ACT (Assertive Community Treatment) Psychiatry Elective:

  • Faculty: Dr. Beth Darling
  • Length of Time: 4 weeks (maximum)
  • Description/Learning Goals and Objectives:
    • Exposure to an evidence based psychosocial treatment models for the treatment of persons with serious mental illness
    • Work with patients in a collaborative fashion
    • Work with a team including a psychiatrist, nurses, therapists, and a variety of behavioral health specialists
    • Observe and participate in recovery oriented outpatient clinic and home visits
    • Observe and participate in part of the team assisting people in working towards their full potential

How to apply:
All applicants must contact Kelly Sacco, Clerkship Coordinator, to inquire about desired rotation dates.

4th year elective note:
All LCE/COGME participating schools must apply through VSAS/VSLO. Contact Kelly Sacco, Clerkship Coordinator, BEFORE submitting your application to inquire about desired rotation dates.

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