Program Requirements

First Year
Genes to Society/Brain, Mind, Behavior
Second Year
Substance Abuse Intersession
Second, Third, or Fourth Year
Psychiatry Clerkship
Elective Opportunities
Clinical Research on the Behavioral Pharmacology of Drug Abuse and Dependence
Forensic Psychiatry
Geriatric Psychiatry
Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders
Subinternship in Psychiatry
Nicotine Psychopharmacology
Human Behavioral Pharmacology of Novel Sedatives and Hallucinogens
Symptom Patterns in Adolescent Depressed Patients Seeking Outpatient Consultation
HIV Psychiatry Service
Research in Molecular Neurobiology of Brain Diseases
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Clinical Neuropsychiatry
Clinical Research in Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Neuropsychiatry Research
Molecular Neurobiology and Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Research in Eating Disorders
Subinternship on Mood Disorders Inpatient Service
Clinical Research in Schizophrenia
Molecular Genetics of Schizophrenia
Subinternship in Schizophrenia
Psychosomatic Medicine/Chronic Pain
Clinical Research
Molecular Mechanisms of Drug Addiction
ECT and Novel Brain Stimulating Therapies
Community Psychiatry

Elective Opportunities

Elective courses must be approved by the preceptor; any member of the department may act as preceptor.

Elective work may be done within the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions or under the supervision of Hopkins’ faculty in affiliated institutions in the Baltimore area. In addition, students may request sponsorship of the department for an assignment to another medical school in the United States or abroad.

In addition to training programs in research and clinical psychiatry, the department offers elective seminars and independent study projects.

It is the policy of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences to maintain flexibility in its elective programs, and to attempt, as much as possible, to design programs that meet the needs of the individual students.

Dr. MacKinnon is the coordinator of electives for first and second-year students. Dr. Parekh coordinates electives for third and fourth-year students. Students are invited to discuss their interests and needs with them, or with any member of this department they may wish to consult.

Although there are numerous clinical and research electives available in the department, they should not be considered as prerequisites for residency training in psychiatry.

For those students who are strongly considering a psychiatry residency, it is recommended they complete a four-week subinternship in psychiatry, as well as devote a majority of their elective time to broaden and deepen their education in the other basic science and clinical areas.

The subinternship experience is good for students who wish to find out if they will like psychiatry as a career before making decisions about entering the field. It is also quite helpful for students who are not going into psychiatry, but realize a broadened clinical experience in this field would be useful in their chosen specialty. Students who may be interested in training in psychiatry should consult Dr. Vinay Parekh (410- 955-5514) as early as possible to discuss their educational plans.

For all students, elective opportunities in psychiatry will allow them to improve their skills and to develop new areas of interest in the field.

The elective programs described on the following pages are representative of opportunities for elective work that are available in this department, but many other opportunities can be developed through direct collaboration of individual students and individual faculty members.