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Department: MEPSY-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Course: 539A-Inpatient Psychiatry Menninger Clinic

Course Director: Sylvia Gonzalez Cruz, M.D.
Course Faculty: Sylvia Gonzalez Cruz, M.D.
Elective Location: OTHR
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 2C,3A,3B,3C,4A,4B,4C
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; 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m. Inpatient Ward: 100
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: No Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
This elective is designed to expose medical students to an inpatient setting focused on a more psychodynamic approach. There are three different programs to potentially rotate on. The HOPE program is an adult unit that treats patients with all diagnoses and focuses on skills development and Wellness Planning. The with all diagnoses and focuses on skills development and Wellness Planning. The COMPAS program specializes in treating younger adults and the PIG program treats primarily professionals All three programs have chemical dependency tracts and they share an Eating Disorder tract. There will be an opportunity to refine basic skills as well as to learn more about milieu based treatment. Students must provide the department with following before the start of rotation: • Copy of your immunization records (required) • Proof of CPR certification (required) • Acknowledgment page of Medical Student Guidelines Page • Complete Information Sheet • Vehicle Information Form
Learning Activities
Teaching focuses on improving student's diagnostic skills in evaluating common disorders as well as provides a learning environment for students to learn different treatment modalities such as psychopharmacology and evidence based group psychotherapies. Students work in a multidisciplinary setting and learn to develop professional relationships as part as of an inpatient treatment team. They experience firsthand the issues impacting psychiatry treatment, including proper medication monitoring, psycho-education, co-morbid psychiatry problems, medical issues or substance use disorders impacting medication adherence and treatment outcomes. Students receive immediate feedback and supervision of interviewing and patient care skills. Students participate in case discussions with involved faculty, team meetings and group sessions.
Evaluation Methods
One on one faculty evaluation based on patient interview and management skills incorporating feedback from other clinicians, student presentations and write-ups.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
The Menninger Clinic. 12301 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77035. Per instructions from Ms. Cynthia Ramanujam, Administrative Coordinator, Education; 713-275-5357 and faculty coordinator Dr. Sylvia Gonzalez;
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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