Saint Elizabeths Hospital/DC DBH places a strong emphasis on training and education at all levels, and the Psychiatry Training Program remains a central component of the DBH.
About Our Program
Saint Elizabeths Hospital accepts candidates into our psychiatry and neurology externship programs throughout the year. Externs at Saint Elizabeths Hospital gain clinical experience and training on a volunteer basis. The hospital provides liability coverage for work performed under the supervision of an attending psychiatrist.
Externs work under the direct supervision of an attending psychiatrist on an inpatient unit and are involved in clinical interviewing, history gathering, assessments and treatment planning. The patient population is a mixture of civil and forensic admissions, which allows externs to become more familiar with the systemic and legal aspects of psychiatry. In addition they participate in daily morning reports, weekly didactic seminars, and interviewing conferences. The externship is sixteen weeks in duration and work hours are Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. There are no evening, weekend, or call responsibilities.
Externs work under the direct supervision of an attending neurologist who runs the neurology consultation service for psychiatry patients admitted to Saint Elizabeths Hospital. Externs are involved in clinical interviewing, history gathering, assessments and treatment planning of patients suspected of having comorbid neurologic disorders. They may encounter patients with neuromuscular disorders, dementia, epilepsy, headaches/migraines, stroke or traumatic brain injury, and more. Externs develop experience in diagnosis of neurological conditions that might reasonably be expected to be encountered in psychiatric practice and which must be considered in the differential diagnosis of psychiatric disorders.