Medical Student Education

Medical student education is a priority for the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry faculty. We offer a curriculum that strives for the highest level of education for medical students with instruction in the recognition and treatment of common psychiatric conditions across all ages.

Psychiatry faculty participate as small-group facilitators in the first and second year Integrated Clinical Experience (ICE) program that covers such topics as: normal development, family function in illness, competency, end of life decisions and other psychiatric topics related to general medicine. Department faculty are particularly instrumental in the department’s second-year behavioral science (Core 7) course that focuses on psychiatric diagnoses of the major mental disorders and a diverse number of other psychiatric topics, some of which include eating disorders, underserved populations in psychiatry, personality disorders, impulse control disorders and addiction medicine.

Third year medical students spend six weeks in the Department of Psychiatry clerkship, assigned to a faculty preceptor as they see inpatient and outpatient psychiatric patients. Seminars help students learn focused interviewing techniques, assessment and treatment.

Fourth year students are able to select from individualized studies, geropsychiatry, consultation psychiatry, tailored to meet their specific interests and educational goals. Application information for fourth year electives is obtained through the UNMC School of Medicine Dean’s Office, Sharon J. Hammer, M.D. Clerkship Director or Daniel E. Gih, M.D., Director of Medical Student Education.

UNMC Department of Psychiatry faculty also teach physician’s assistant students and the nurse practitioner students from the UNMC College of Medicine enrolled in the psychopathology and psychiatric diagnosis courses.

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Kepple