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Department: MEPSY-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Course: 543-Outpatient Psychiatry with a Forensic Focus

Course Director: Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali, M.D.
Course Faculty: Andrea Gail Stolar, M.D.,George Nadaban
Elective Location: VAMC
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: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Inpatient Ward: 0
Night Call: No Inpatient consultations: 0
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics: 80
Weekends: No Surgery: 0
    Laboratory 0
  Didactic: 20
  Other: 0
Statement of Goals:
This elective is designed to expose medical students to outpatient psychiatry with a forensic focus in a large VA hospital and in the Harris County criminal justice sustem. This elective will ve vased at the Domiciliary of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center and the Verteran's Court Program of the Harris County District Court. The program focuese on treating mentally ill male and female verterans who have been paroled from prison and are living in transitional VA housing, or have been diverted from jail under the auspices of a mental health court. This elective provides students with experience in evaluating and treating dually diagnosed patients and provides an appreciation for the multitude of issues that arise when mentally ill offenders become engaged in the legal system. There are opportunities to contribute to multidisciplinary staffings in a clinical setting and as part of a mental health court team.
Learning Activities
Teaching focuses on improving student's diagnostic skills in evaluating and treating psychiatric and substance use disorders. This elective will provide an environment for students to learn different treatment modalities such as psychopharmacology, group psychotheraphy, and the workings of multidisciplinary treatment teams. There will be opportunity to learn how to perform a mental health court evaluation and write a report. Students learn to develop professional relationships as part of an outpatient treatment team. They experience firsthand the issues impacting psychiatric patients who are under court-monitored treatment as well as the challenge facing psychiatric patients burdened with a legal history. Students receive immediate feedback and supervision of interviewing and patient care skills. Students participate in case discussions with involved faculty and with other outpatient clinicians. To enhancetheir educational experience, students will be provided mentorship, academic time, and supervision by their faculty supervisor and be ecpected to produce a learning project (e.g., PowerPoint, educational flyer, review of current forensic literature, etc.) that is mutually agreed upon by the student and the faculty supervisor prior to the conclusion of the month.
Evaluation Methods
One to one faculty evaluation based on patient interview and management skills incorporating feedback from other clinicians, students presentations and write-ups.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Rabab Rizvi, MD. Domiciliary Program, 7329 Fannin, Houston, TX 77030; 713-791-1414, ext. 2340
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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