Course Catalog

PSYC 362B. Subinternship in Inpatient Psychiatry (PAVA)

S2 Open to Visitors

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Courses      Clerkships

The inpatient psychiatry subinternship at the Palo Alto VA is designed to provide a training experience similar to that of PGY1 psychiatry residents on an inpatient rotation.  The subinternship at the Palo Alto VA offers a diverse patient population across factors such as age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and diagnosis.  Additionally, it offers individual and group cognitive behavioral therapy experiences, medical-psychiatry cases, forensic/hearing exposure, and the opportunity to work on multi-disciplinary treatment teams in an acute inpatient setting.  Additionally, the VA is a unique system in which to work because of the types and number of wrap-around services and resources that work to serve the veteran’s needs including housing assistance, substance abuse treatment, intensive outpatient treatment programs, groups, and case management services.  The unique national VA system of care therefore additionally allows a subintern the experience of learning about systems-based practices that are unique to this setting.  The overarching goal of the psychiatry subinternship is that, upon successful completion of the rotation, students will be ready to function at the level of a first-week psychiatry intern and be able to discuss his or her performance according to six ACGME competencies.  Objectives that set the subinternship apart from the core psychiatry clerkship are (1) demonstrate progression from “interpreter” to “manager” in the “reporter-interpreter-manager-educator” (RIME) scheme; (2) efficiently manage a caseload of 3 to 6 patients at a time; (3) assist the attending in teaching patients/families, core clerkship medical students, and/or staff; (4) evaluate his or her efforts toward self-reflective practice and self-directed learning.  Satisfactory completion of the core psychiatry clerkship is a prerequisite for this subinternship. Please note: Visiting students must obtain approval from Ms. Quynh Dang prior to applying for this clerkship. Please email requests to

Psychiatry 300A.

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

Reporting Instructions:
Where: Palo Alto VA, 3801 Miranda Ave, Building 520. Quynh will provide reporting information; Time: 8:30 am.

Units 6       Drop Code T       Call Code 2 (one evening shift from 4:30 pm to 9 pm per week)

Margaret May, M.D.

Other Faculty
Michael Beal, 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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