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Department: MEPSY-Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Course: 544-Outpatient Psychiatry VA Trauma Recovery Program
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Elective Location: VAMC
Periods Elective offered: Qtr: 1,2,3,4
Min. Number of Students:Max: 1
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Completion of Psychiatry core
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward: 0
Night Call: 0 Inpatient consultations: 0
Number on-call nights: 0 Outpatient clinics: 0
Weekends: 0 Surgery: 0
    Laboratory 0
  Didactic: 0
  Other: 0
Statement of Goals:
This elective is designed to expose medical students to Outpatient Psychiatry in a large VA hospital which serves over 120,000 veterans in Houston area with over 800,000 visits per year. This elective will be based at the Trauma Recovery Program of Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. The program focuses on treating male and femaile veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders. This elective provides students with extensicve experience in evaluating and treating patients in the ourpatient setting and provides an opportunity for students to get ecposed to unique evidence based treatment modalities such as cognitive processing psychotherapy.
Learning Activities
Teaching focuses on improving student's diagnostic skills in evaluating common anxiety and mood 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 of an outpatient treatment team. They experience firsthand thie issues impating psychiatric treatment, including proper medication monitoring, psycho-education, co-morbid psychiatric problems, medical issues or substance use disorders impacting mediciaton adherence and treatment outcomes. Students receive immediate feedback and supervision of interviewing and patient care skills. Students participate in case discussions with involved faculty, group therapy sessions with other outpatient clinicians.
Evaluation Methods
One on 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:
Bengi Melton, MD Trauma Recovery Program, MEDVAMC 6th Fllor, 6B-164; 713-791-1414, ext. 6678; bengi.melton@va.gov
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Mary Reyes
Contact Phone: 713-798-3876
Contact Fax: 713-798-8366
Contact Location: 6655 Travis #500
Address: MS: BCM 350
Email: marysr@bcm.edu
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