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

Course Coordinator: Dr. Kristin Kassaw
Course Faculty: Dr. Marsha K. Wheatley
Elective Location:
Periods Elective offered:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Psychiatry core
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): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
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, 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:
BTGH Building (5th Floor) Unit 5D Room 5-PN 91033
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: JaQue Vickers
Contact Phone: 713-798-3876
Contact Fax: 713-798-3876
Contact Location: Baylor College of Medicine
Address: MS 350
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