EVMS Psychiatry Undergraduate Medical Education courses

First Year: Human Development (required; second semester)

The course is designed to provide the student with a broad overview of human development from birth to death. A firm acquisition of the principles of normative development throughout the lifespan is seen as an essential framework within which subsequent clinical contacts can be conceptualized and understood. The life cycle will be examined longitudinally along specific developmental themes as well as cross-sectionally by developmental periods.

Course Directors: Kathrin Hartman, Ph.D. and Sharmini Santher, M.D.

Second Year: Psychopathology (required; second semester)

The course is designed to provide the student with a general overview of psychopathology. Material presented, in conjunction with information learned in Human Development (Behavioral Sciences I), should prepare the student for the clinical demands of the third and fourth years of study. Topics have been selected to equip the students with a better understanding of functional and dysfunctional human behavior, the role of society, family environment, biology, and genetics in the development of psychopathology, and the need to treat all patients as a "person" first and foremost.  Students also gain knowledge of the following treatment modalities: psychotropic medications, psychotherapy, and brain stimulation therapies.

Course Directors: Justin Petri, M.D., and David Spiegel, M.D.

Third Year: Clerkship in Psychiatry (required)

Students receive clerkship training at one of the teaching sites of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital's Psychiatric Inpatient Unit, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital Psychiatric Consultation Service, Eastern State Hospital, Hampton VA Medical Center, Portsmouth Naval Hospital, and Portsmouth Naval Hospital Consultation Service.

The goals of the clerkships include developing the ability to recognize people having significant mental difficulties, to recognize how one's own feelings and attitudes affect one's ability to evaluate and treat people in distress, and to begin to understand the treatments available for these problems. This is achieved through direct experience with psychiatric interviewing, development of treatment plans, supervision of these activities by faculty and residents, as well as through weekly didactics.

Clerkship Program Director: Greg Briscoe, M.D.
Assistant Director: Lisa Fore-Arcand, Ed.D.

Fourth Year: Substance Abuse Rotation (1 week, remedial required)

This course is designed to help students develop a knowledge of and skills for the identification, evaluation, and treatment of individuals with Substance-Related Disorders. This will be achieved through the exposure to such patients in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings and by attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Course Directors: Lisa Fore Arcand, Ed.D. and Jessica Mees-Campbell, M.D.

Fourth Year Electives:

Co-Directors of M-4 Electives: Lisa Fore Arcand, Ed.D. and David Spiegel, M.D.


A full list of Psychiatry electives including course description and objectives may be found beginning on page 142 of the "2014-2015 Electives Catalogue" here.