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Year 4 Schulich Medicine Electives

The Department of Psychiatry at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, offers a range of services and elective choices.  It also encompasses many approaches to psychiatric problems including biological, psychotherapeutic and community orientations.  Students will be expected to become fully integrated into their service for the duration of the clinical elective.

Once the student has been informed of his or her clinical elective period (after the results of the medical school lottery have been published and the add/drop period has ended), he or she should, as soon as possible, finalize arrangements for any electives in psychiatry.  It is important that making arrangements for an elective setting, supervisor, etc., is not left until the last moment. The UGE coordinator and administrator must be informed of all electives that are arranged; whether arranged on your own, or through the UGE office. Students are encouraged to call the Clerkship and Electives coordinator to arrange an appointment to review their goals and objectives to help them acquire appropriate placements.

Clinical electives can be arranged for students in most areas of psychiatry. Electives may be two or four weeks in length in the following choices. Please note that these experiences may not be available in all blocks.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

A wide array of experiences are available in child and adolescent mental health, including both inpatient and outpatient based care.

General Psychiatry

General, inclusive experience in inpatient and/or outpatient care.Ideal for a broad experience in an acute care mental health setting.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Inpatient, outpatient, or consultation-based care of the elderly, including mood, anxiety, psychotic, and cognitive disorders.


Two options available.

Early Intervention (PEPP): providing intensive, multi-modal care to young adults experiencing psychosis as part of an interdisciplinary team.

Chronic Care: longer term care in outpatient and/or inpatient settings of adults struggling with chronic or treatment resistant psychotic disorders.

Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Specialized care of mood and anxiety disorders in adult populations.

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry/Sleep Disorders

  • Consult Liaison: Inpatient consultation-based service providing psychiatric consultation to inpatients bedded on medical or surgical hospital units.
  • Sleep Disorders: Outpatient rotation that introduces the student to diagnosis and management of common sleep disorders including insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, and parasomnias.

Urgent Consultation Service

Outpatient based, rapid-paced service providing psychiatric consultation to primary care providers.

ER Psychiatry (CEPS)

Emergency psychiatric consultation and care, delivered as part of an inter-professional team model.

Forensic Psychiatry

Assessment and care of patients within the legal system.  Please note that this elective is based in St. Thomas.

Locations include London Health Sciences Centre, Children’s Hospital, Parkwood Institute Mental Health Care Building, CPRI (Child and Parent Resource Institute), Madame Vanier Centre, Southwest Centre for Forensic Mental Health Care, or other institutions associated with the University of Western Ontario (eg. Stratford General Hospital and Chatham-Kent Health Alliance).

Year 4 Visiting Electives 

All visiting electives from either Canadian or International medical schools must be organized through the Visiting Student Electives office at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. For more information, please see the Visiting Electives page.

Psychiatry will accept students for a minimum of two weeks and a maximum of four week electives. They will be offered to students who have already completed their core rotations at their home school. Pre-clinical electives will NOT be offered to any students. Clinical electives are offered in any of the services listed above.