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Department: MEPSY-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Course: 503-Emergency Psychiatry

Course Director: Anu Matorin, M.D.
Course Faculty: Valeria Maria Contreras, M.D.
Elective Location: BTGH
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1B,1C,2A,2B,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B
Min. Number of Students:Max: 1
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Psychiatry
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): M-F 12 a.m. - 8 a.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Yes Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This is a night call elective. Students are assigned to Ben Taub Psychiatry Emergency Room and function as sub-interns with responsibility of assessing patients in the psychiatric emergency room and for evaluating patients with psychiatric symptoms in the medical/ surgical observation areas.
Learning Activities
Students should learn rapid diagnostic assessment techniques, crisis intervention skills, and rapid treatment approaches particularly pharmacologic approaches. Students attend daily rounds and other pertinent lectures or meetings. Common presenting problems include delirium, psychosis not otherwise specified, suicidal ideations, homicidal ideations, and psychiatric symptoms secondary to general medical illnesses, psychiatric symptoms secondary to substance intoxication or withdrawal, and exacerbations of chronic psychiatric disorders.
Evaluation Methods
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Please email Dr. Anu Matorin at and Dr. Asim Shah at one week in advance to verify logistics of reporting on the first day of service.
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Uzma Khalid
Contact Phone: 713-873-5145
Contact Fax: 713-440-1114
Contact Location: Neuropsychiatric Center, Room 2.127, 1502 Taub Loop, Houston, Tx 77030

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