Elective Medical Student Rotations

Many combined residency programs offer a combined elective to visiting medical students that provides exposure to what life is like in a combined program. Some of the rotations may include, for example, experience in Med/Psych or Family Med/Psych clinic or on a Med/Psych unit. Some may also give exposure to didactics and conferences specific to combined trainees. These rotations, while not necessary to apply to a combined program, can help solidify or clarify one’s interest in combined training. To search for combined rotations, visit VSAS https://apps.aamc.org/vsas/public.html#/find-electives and search for the specialty of “Internal Medicine/Psychiatry”, “Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry”, “Psychiatry/Family Practice”, and “Psychiatry/Neurology”. It is also recommended to search medical schools which have combined programs as the rotations will be listed under those schools. If you are a member of AMP, you can also email manager@assocmedpsych.org to request access to the medical student committee forum where list of rotations can be found.


Internal Medicine/Psychiatry

Charleston Area Medical Center/West Virginia University

  • Description: 2 or 4-week rotation in either Behavioral Medicine or Medicine (no combined rotation available); several rotation options exist as noted in the course catalogs for Behavioral Medicine and Medicine
  • Application Details: Apply via contact with Ms. Charissa Davis (see below) and, for US medical students, also VSAS (Visiting Student Application Service of Association of American Medical Colleges)
  • Applicants must be in good standing at their institution and in their 4th year of medical school
  • Contact: Charissa Davis, medical student coordinator, cddavis@hsc.wvu.edu

Duke University Medical Center

  • Description: 4-week sub-internship in Internal Medicine/Psychiatry
  • Application Details: Visit https://medschool.duke.edu/education/student-services/office-registrar/visiting-students for more information
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing, receive academic credit by the home school for the visiting student experience, and be actively progressing toward a Doctor of Medicine degree at an affiliated LCME-accredited institution, a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at an affiliated COCA accredited institution, or an approved/affiliated international institution
  • Contact: sarah.rivelli@duke.edu or 919-668-0207

Emory University

  • Description: 4-week rotation involving inpatient consult-liaison services at Grady and Emory Hospitals and outpatient care at two outpatient Grady Med/Psych clinics
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Applicants must have completed their 3rd year Internal Medicine and Psychiatry clerkships
  • Contact: Emory website (under “Visiting student electives”, select “Combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Elective” on page 23) and VSAS

Medical University of South Carolina

  • Description: 4-week rotation elective and externship experiences; several rotation options exist including Psychosomatic Medicine Consults as noted in the course catalog
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS; Details included online
  • Applicants must be in their 4th year of medical school and have successfully completed the basic core clerkships in order to be eligible
  • Contact: Christine Talbot-Bond, coordinator, talbotbo@musc.edu, 843-792-2427

National Capital Consortium Program Walter Reed National Military Medical Center* *Of note, this residency program is only being offered to Army applicants.


Tulane University

  • Description: 4-week Combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry elective; Involves rotation on inpatient psychiatry and consult-liaison services under the direction of Medicine/Psychiatry faculty; Involves participation in two weekly Med/Psych clinics; Involves participation in Internal Medicine/Psychiatry weekly conferences and Internal Medicine and Psychiatry didactics
  • Course details: http://tulane.edu/som/courses/psych-clinical-electives.cfm#medicine_psych
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Students must be a senior in a four-year curriculum when the elective rotation is taken and must have completed basic clerkships in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry; Students must be from LCME-accredited medical schools
  • Contact: Melinda Hoehn, clerkship coordinator, mhoehn1@tulane.edu AND Dr. Ashley Weiss, Psychiatry clerkship director, aweiss3@tulane.edu

University of California Davis

  • Description: 4-week Combined Internal Medicine/Psychiatry elective rotating through the county Primary Care Clinic under the supervision of dual-boarded Psychiatry and Internal/Family Medicine faculty (see here for more details); Also available is a 4-week Psychosomatic medicine elective at a large university hospital service on the consult/liaison service (see here for more details)
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Contact: Naima Carter, coordinator, naima.carter@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu

University of Iowa

  • Description: 4-week sub-internship elective in Medical Psychiatry under the supervision of residents in both Medicine and Psychiatry; students will also participate in resident didactic seminars and clinical conferences
  • Application Details: Visit this website for instructions
  • Contact: Stephanie Wainwright, coordinator, stephanie-wainwright@uiowa.edu

Vidant Medical Center/East Carolina University at the Brody School of Medicine

  • Description: Internal Medicine/Psychiatry elective
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS; Details included online
  • Applicants must be 4th year medical students in good academic standing, be actively pursuing the Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree, and have completed all third-year core clerkships by the start of the scheduled elective
  • Contact: Carolyn Sherrod, coordinator, brownc@ecu.edu

Family Medicine/Psychiatry

University of California Davis

  • Description:

    • PSY 421 is an outpatient rotation at a county Med/Psych clinic; it gives great exposure to core combined faculty in an integrated Med/Psych setting
    • FAP 444 is an outpatient rotation at a Family Medicine clinic with exposure to integrated sites; it is based in the FM clinic with great exposure to combined residents and the county Med/Psych clinic
  • Application Details: Apply through VSAS starting in late March
  • Visit online for more rotation and application information: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/psychiatry/education/student/advclerkships.html
  • Applicants must be in their 4th year of medical school
  • It is best to do a rotation during the period of July through January
  • Contact:

University of California San Diego

  • Description: 4-week elective in an outpatient continuity clinic with outpatient medicine and outpatient psychiatry experience
  • Application Details: Apply directly through the combined residency website (application is made available each March; there are no costs to apply)
  • For more information, visit http://www.combinedresidency.org/subi/
  • Applications open each March; students may rotate for 4 weeks from July through February
  • The program greatly values applicants who have experience working with underserved communities
  • Contact: Brissa Chavez, 619.233.8500, ext 1535 or combinedresidency@ucsd.edu

University of Cincinnati

  • Description: 4-week elective in Primary Care Psychiatry; Students will participate in supervised clinical experiences in delivery of psychiatric care in primary care settings and primary care in psychiatric settings; Students will engaged with Family Medicine/Psychiatry residents and faculty in clinic and didactics
  • For more details: http://www.psychiatry.uc.edu/Education/meded/fourthyear.aspx and https://med.uc.edu/registrar/visitingstudents
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Applicants must have successfully completed 3rd year Psychiatry and Family Medicine core clerkships
  • The program greatly values applicants who have experience working with underserved communities
  • Contact: Sonya Kirkland, sonya.kirkland@uc.edu, 513-558-5190; OR Kim Schiesler, Kim.Schiesler@uc.edu, 513-558-5579

University of Iowa

  • Description: 4-week elective in the ambulatory setting; Experiences include Family Medicine Psychiatry Clinic, Family Medicine Clinic, a rural office in Riverside, the Free Medical Clinic, the CoMeBeh Primary Care Clinic in Adult Psychiatry, a community mental health center, a palliative medicine service, and an assertive community treatment team; Students attend conference in Family Medicine & Psychiatry
  • Application Details: Visit this website for instructions
  • The University accepts applications from visiting 4th medical students from LCME-accredited schools starting May 1; Applications from Osteopathic Medicine students are not accepted
  • Contact: Jen Bruno, coordinator, jen-bruno@uiowa.edu; OR Michelle Weckman, MD, MD, Program Director, michelle-weckmann@uiowa.edu

University of Pittsburgh (UPMC)

  • Description: 4-week elective focusing on psychiatric and general medicine patients; students will work on the Consult Liaison service; also includes participation in Family Medicine case conferences, outpatient primary care clinics, palliative care interventions, and the Medical Care of the Psychiatry Patient service
    • Visit online for more details
  • Application Details: See online
  • Applicants should be in the final year of medical school at the time of the elective
  • Contact: Eileen McKenna, coordinator, <a "mailto:mckennae@upmc.edu">mckennae@upmc.edu

Triple Board

Brown University


Cincinnati Children’s Hospital/University of Cincinnati

  • Description: 4-week elective in adolescent inpatient psychiatry with a Triple Board focus; Students will also attend pediatric outpatient clinics and experience adult psychiatry with the Psychiatric Emergency Service
  • For more details: https://med.uc.edu/registrar/visitingstudents
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Applicants must have successfully completed 3rd year Psychiatry and Family Medicine core clerkships
  • Contact: Kim Schiesler, Kim.Schiesler@uc.edu, 513-558-5579

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

  • Description: There is no specific Triple Board rotation but students can do a Child Psychiatry outpatient elective; the elective is a 4-week experience involving outpatient care, observation of inpatient rounds, rotation through the Child Psych C/L service, and shadowing residents at the Triple Board Pediatrics continuity clinic; students will also attend conferences with Triple Board residents
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Rotations are offered year-round although availability for this elective is limited
  • Although not restricted, typically rotating students are from US medical schools
  • Contact:

Tufts University

  • Description: There is no specific Triple Board rotation but students can do a rotation in any of the components, Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry, or Pediatrics
  • For more information, visit http://medicine.tufts.edu/Student-Services-and-Campus-Life/Registrar/Visiting-Student-Program
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Students must be US medical students in their final year of an LCME-accredited medical school
  • Students attending an Osteopathic medical school are eligible to Baystate Medical Center and Maine Medical Center sites only
  • Contact: Tufts Registrar’s Office, medical_registrar@tufts.edu or 617-636-6568

Tulane University

  • Description: 4-week Triple Board elective consisting of 2 weeks in Pediatrics and 2 weeks in Child Psychiatry; Students will participate in primary care Pediatrics, rotations with triple board residents, weekly Triple Board Clinic, and attend Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child Psychiatry didactics
  • Course details: http://tulane.edu/som/courses/psych-clinical-electives.cfm#medicine_psych
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Students must be a senior in a four-year curriculum when the elective rotation is taken and must have completed basic clerkships in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry; Students must be from LCME-accredited medical schools
  • Contact: Melinda Hoehn, clerkship coordinator, mhoehn1@tulane.edu AND Dr. Ashley Weiss, Psychiatry clerkship director, aweiss3@tulane.edu

University of Hawaii

  • University of Hawaii does not have Triple Board specific rotations
  • Students are welcome to do a sub-internship in Adult Psychiatry or Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Requirements for applicants are listed here
  • Visiting student rotations are only considered for the period of July through January
  • Contact: Ashley Ahn, coordinator, ahna@dop.hawaii.edu, 808-586-7437

University of Kentucky


University of Pittsburg (UPMC)

  • Description: 4-week acting internship focusing on the Pediatric Behavioral Health Consult-Liaison service at Children's Hospital of Pittsburg of UPMC; Also involves pediatric outpatient continuity clinic, child psychiatry Triple Board outpatient continuity clinic, daily pediatric noon conference, psychiatry didactics on Thursday afternoons, and Pediatric Chairman’s Rounds on Fridays
  • For more information: http://www.psychiatry.pitt.edu/education/residency_training/triple_board_ai
  • Application Details: See online
  • Applicants should be in their 4th year of medical school (preferable) and have completed both Psychiatry and Pediatrics rotations
  • Contact: Sansea Jacobson, MD, jacobsonsl@upmc.edu

University of Utah

  • Description: 4-week Triple Board elective involving 3-week inpatient child psychiatry experience and a series of clinical experiences on consultation liaison child psychiatry, neurobehavioral clinic, pediatric clinic, and specialized child psychiatry clinics
  • For more information: https://utah.instructure.com/courses/291694/pages/psyct-7530-triple-board-elective
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
  • Applicants must satisfactorily complete all 3rd year clerkship requirements prior to attending this 4th year elective; Applicants must come from a LCME-accredited school or COCA-accredited school
  • Of note, DO students are not accepted into all rotations
  • Contact: Glenda Evans, Glenda.evans@hsc.utah.edu or 801-581-3936; Visiting Student coordinator, studentaffairs@hsc.utah.edu

Neurology/Psychiatry

Brown University


Medical University of South Carolina

  • Description: 4-week rotation elective and externship experiences; several rotation options exist including Interventional Psychiatry as noted in the course catalog
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS; Details included online
  • Applicants must be in their 4th year of medical school and have successfully completed the basic core clerkships in order to be eligible
  • Contact: Christine Talbot-Bond, coordinator, talbotbo@musc.edu, 843-792-2427

New York University School of Medicine

  • Description: 4-week rotation elective in Neuropsychiatry/Behavioral Neurology Elective; Experiences include epilepsy clinic, behavioral neurology clinic, adult ADHD clinic, psychiatric emergency room of Bellevue Hospital; Students will attend regularly scheduled neurology and psychiatry lectures and may arrange to observe neuropsychological testing
  • Application Details: Apply online, http://www.med.nyu.edu/registrar/student-services/visiting-student-elective-application
  • Applicants must have completed core clinical Neurology and Psychiatry clerkships
  • Contact: Registrar’s Office, 212-263-0631

University of Massachusetts

  • Description: 4-week Neuropsychiatry elective including evaluation of patients with behavioral and psychiatric disorders related to brain damage
  • Application Details: Apply via VSAS
    • Univ of Mass will start accepting applications March 1st
    • The Office of Student Affairs will start checking applications for eligibility April 1st
    • Elective Directors and Coordinators will start reviewing eligible applicants for electives April 7th
  • Applicants should have completed both Psychiatry and Neurology 3rd year clerkships; International students are welcome from September to April if in good academic standing and in their final year of undergraduate medical training
  • Contact/Coordinator: Dr. Sheldon Benjamin, sheldon.benjamin@umassmed.edu