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Psychiatric Consultation-Liaison - PSYH 543




University of Maryland, Baltimore VA Medical Center

Description and Goals:

The student will become an integral member of the Consultation-Liaison team, participating in all of the team's scheduled meetings and rounds. This consists of afternoon walk rounds every Wednesday, Tuesday didactic rounds, and daily attending rounds. The student will work closely with the psychiatry residents on the service in performing both emergency and routine consults. In addition to these clinical activities, the student will attend classes with the psychiatry residents on Thursday mornings. The option of spending a half-day on rounds with the substance abuse team, transplant team, or HIV clinic exists as well.

The goal of this elective is to provide the student with experience in doing psychiatric consultations in a variety of settings, including the general hospital and shock trauma. The student will have the opportunity to:

  • learn when to obtain psychiatric consultations;
  • work with multiple specialties and in interdisciplinary settings;
  • identify the psychiatric components of medical, surgical, and traumatic illnesses;
  • learn to distinguish psychiatric illness which poses as organic, psychiatric illness which causes or complicates organic disease, and medical illnesses which present as psychiatric;
  • refine his or her skills in taking a psychiatric history, performing mental status exams, and formulating cases;
  • treat patients in non-psychiatric settings;
  • work with the referring team to optimize patient care.

This elective is particularly suitable for students who plan to pursue a career in a specialty other than psychiatry, and who would like to know how to make the best use of psychiatric consultations.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 5-24 / Academic weeks 29-44


Monday through Friday - Yes
Evenings - No
Weekends - No
Call - No

Faculty Responsible:

Mark Ehrenreich, M.D.
(410) 328-6090  

Administrative Contact:

Brendella Hawkins
(410) 328-6612


Last Revision: April 10, 2014