Medical Student Curriculum

Medical students from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, St. George's University School of Medicine, and Ross University of School of Medicine conduct their six-week psychiatry clinical clerkship at New Bridge. The students acquire interviewing skills, fundamental awareness of psychiatric disorders, and an appreciation for the mental health system. They interact with patients under the supervision of residents and attending physicians. Students learn how to elicit and present a complete psychiatric history and mental status examination. Because of the wide range of services at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, students have the opportunity to follow a patient from the emergency room to inpatient units and outpatient settings. We offer fourth-year psychiatry electives at St. George's University School of Medicine for all US medical students. Our Medical Student Program Director designs a flexible experience to meet the students' needs. Such electives are available in all general and sub-specialty services at Bergen New Bridge. Second-year medical students from UMDNJ complete a psychiatric diagnosis skill course on six consecutive Thursdays to learn the basics of effective interviewing techniques.

Didactic Schedule

Medical students' didactic curriculum includes the following:

  • Mental Status Exam
  • Psychiatric Signs and Symptoms
  • Introduction to the DSM
  • Suicide Risk Assessment
  • Psychiatric Emergencies
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Substance Related Disorders
  • Delirium and Dementia
    • Sleep Disorders
    • Eating Disorders
    • Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders
    • Boundary Violations
    • Introduction to Psychotherapy
    • Medicolegal Issues in Psychiatry
    • Mental Retardation
  • Clinical Interview Series with Adult, Child/Adolescent, Geriatric, and Addiction Patients

Students also participate in morning/evening reports and weekly grand rounds and case conferences along with the residents at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center. Students have their curriculum of didactic lectures.

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