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Psychiatry (M85)  (Dept. Info)Medicine  (Policies)YR2020

M85 Psych 844Forensic Psychiatry0.0 Unit
Description:Valid start weeks for 4-week blocks are: Weeks 5, 9, 13, 17, and 21.

The medical student will be actively involved in many aspects of forensic psychiatry including civil litigation, workman's compensation, malpractice, civil commitment, and guardianship. There may be opportunities to be involved in criminal forensic issues. The student will work with several instructors within the Department of Psychiatry but will primarily meet with the Course Director a minimum of two hours per week. They will also work with The BJH Manager of Case Management and The City of St Louis Probate Court. The student will also be assigned readings of landmark cases, textbooks, psychiatric expert opinions, legal filing with the probate court and attend civil hearings.

The student will learn relevant criminal statutes regarding competency and civil commitment, causation in civil litigation, the concept of medical malpractice and risk assessment of violence and suicide. There may be the opportunity to witness sexually violent predator evaluations and/or treatment. The student will be required to research and write an opinion on a specific approved topic in forensic psychiatry. The objectives will be measured by attendance and by formal evaluation of the student's participation and knowledge during the supervision discussion. It will also be determined by the originality, thoroughness, and quality of the research paper.

This course is graded Credit/No Credit.

Student time distribution: Conferences/Lectures 100%
Patients seen weekly: No active patient treatment
Major teaching responsibility: Department of Psychiatry faculty, St. Louis Probate Court
On call/weekend responsibility: None
Instruction Type:Internship/Practicum Grade Options:P Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:None / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01TBA(None) / JarvisDefault - none9930
Desc:Instructors: Michael Jarvis, MD, PhD; Melissa Harbit, MD; Marcie Garland, MD; Jim Heorchler, MSW

Location: Barnes-Jewish Hospital South

Elective Contact: Cindy Bander, banderc@wustl.edu

Enrollment limit per period: 1

Other Information: Students should report to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, West Pavilion, Suite 15340, at 9:00 am on the first day of the elective.


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Grade Options
C=Credit (letter grade)
S=Special Audit
Q=ME Q (Medical School)

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