Medical Student Education
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.
Saint Elizabeths Hospital has a long and rich tradition of providing psychiatric care to individuals in need and training of medical professionals. We are a teaching institution with a psychiatry residency training program, a forensic psychiatry fellowship program, and other training programs in mental health disciplines such as psychology and social work.
Medical students from George Washington University, Howard University, and Caribbean Medical schools are assigned to Saint Elizabeths Hospital for their psychiatry clerkships. During psychiatry rotations, medical students become active members of multidisciplinary treatment teams. They work closely with psychiatry residents and under the direct clinical supervision of unit psychiatrists.
Medical students are assigned a minimum of three patients for whom they have more primary responsibility. Medical students are required to keep the treatment team abreast of developments with their patients, encouraged to participate in all aspects of patients’ treatment, and take initiative. Medical students are required to complete comprehensive initial assessments and write daily progress notes for their assigned patients.