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PSY 30000 Psychiatry Clerkship (Chattanooga)

This 4-week clerkship is located in Chattanooga at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute, a 125 bed mental health hospital. All students will attend educational activities organized by the office of the Clinical Director in association with the Department of Psychiatry at the UTHSC COM Memphis.

Most didactics will be video-conferenced from Memphis to Chattanooga. Students will be exposed to a broad spectrum of psychiatric disorders. Attendance at lectures and teaching conferences is required. Clinical wards are run by a treatment team headed by an attending psychiatrist and a nurse practitioner. Treatment teams also include a coordinator, a team of social workers and activity therapists, nurses and psychiatric technicians. Psychology services are readily available and available on a consultation basis. Students’ final grade will be a reflection of examination performance (NBME Psychiatry shelf exam), clinical proficiency at psychiatric evaluation and mental status examination.

Psychiatry Clerkship Director (Chattanooga):Audrey Hime, MD

Course Contact and Student Coordinator for Internal Medicine, Geri-Palli, related medical subspecialties, and Psychiatry: Joyce Poke – email:; 423.778.6670

Location: Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute and Erlanger Health System

Size: 2

Overnight call: none -- There is no student overnight call requirement; however, attendance at weekend/holiday rounds and admissions duty (observation/participation) is offered. Established duty hour rules for students will be followed.

Weekend work: none


    • Half Block: Not Negotiable
    • Time off for interviews: Not Negotiable
    • Off cycle start and stop: Not Negotiable

Deadline for Cancellation: Thirty (30) days before start of elective

Blocks offered:  Offered year-round in all blocks.

Prerequisites: Students are strongly encouraged to hold onto their M2- lecture notes in Psychopharmacology and Psychopathology, and to refresh their memory in this domain within the first 36 hours of the clerkship.  This prior knowledge is expected from the very first day.

Pre-reading: None

This is a face to face clinical rotation offered in the fall and spring and receiving 6 credit hours.

Link to the main Psychiatry Clerkship page for the UTHSC College of Medicine in Memphis.

Oct 23, 2023