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PSYC 328B. Addiction Treatment Services (PAVAMC)

S1 Open to Visitors

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Courses      Clerkships

In this rotation, medical students observe and participate in a 28-day residential addiction treatment program located at the VA Palo Alto. A typical day includes an admission, which is a typical psychiatric work-up with an additional emphasis on substance abuse assessment; group therapy meetings throughout the day utilizing various psychotherapeutic modalities; a multidisciplinary staff meeting focused on individualized care and management approaches; and a community meeting, in which milieu events are processed. The overall goal is to become familiar with general psychiatry and residential treatment while gaining exposure to substance abuse treatment issues. Residential programs combine elements of both inpatient and outpatient settings and are unique in this regard. The attending psychiatrist teaches history-taking, DSM diagnoses, and psychopharmacology for substance use disorders. In addition to the above, students will gain exposure to the other substance abuse treatment programs located at the Palo Alto VA, such as the multi-disciplinary assessment/consultation clinic, the intensive outpatient program, outpatient addiction medication management, and office-based opioid replacement therapy.


Periods Available
1-12, full-time for two weeks or four weeks. 1 student per period.

Reporting Instructions:
Where: Lobby of Building 520-A, 3801 Miranda Ave, Palo Alto.; Time: 8:00 a.m.

Units 3       Drop Code T       Call Code 0

Marina Urman-Yotam, M.D.

Other Faculty
Marina Urman-Yotam, M.D.

Quynh Dang (650-725-2769), 401 Quarry Rd, Rm. 2204.

* "S1"=Selective Clerkship Category I (Basics in Clinical Care)
"S2"=Selective Clerkship Category II (Subinternship)


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