Elective Description: The main goal of this elective is to expose students to the unique issues involved in Women's Mental Health. The student will spend time with multiple health care providers in different settings in order to learn about the mental health needs of women who are pregnant and postpartum, and those with gynecologic and breast cancers. Patients with other difficulties that overlap Psychiatry and Obstetrics-Gynecology will also be featured including patients with premenstrual syndromes, emotional difficulties during perimenopause as well as other related disorders. Because Women’s Health is consultative in nature, a significant portion of the elective will be spent on the psychosomatic medicine service. Other opportunities could be possible based on the student's special interests when available. Also included in this elective is a writing assignment which could be a case review or a literature search on a related Women's Mental Health topic of interest to the student. This elective will be 4 weeks in length and will be graded on an O/AEP/EP/ BEP/ NCR basis.
Outpatient Consultation/Treatment – Women’s Mental Health Clinic Psychiatry Faculty - Two half days/week- one to two new patient consultation /week expected.
Psychosomatic Medicine Consultation – Psychosomatic Medicine Faculty two full days/week- two to three completed consultations /week expected as well as follow up on patients as assigned. This experience will take place either on Memorial campus and include Ob/gyn patients or will take place on University Campus and be more of a general psychosomatic medicine experience.
Reproductive Endocrinology - Complex Menopause Clinic Ob/Gyn faculty specialized in Reproductive Endocrinology --One Half day/week.
Oncology Psychology Consultations - Breast Cancer – Psychiatry Department Faculty specialized in Psycho-Oncology - One half day /week- one consultation /week expected.
Academic Experience - One full day/week-Supervised by a faculty member -- Writing Project - a literature review or a case report or other short project to be presented at either a brown bag seminar, an academic interest group meeting or reproductive psychiatry team meeting. This will be an informal opportunity for the student to share what she or he has learned.