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

M85 Psych 889Interventional Psychiatry0.0 Unit
Description:Valid start weeks for 4-week blocks are: Weeks 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37, and 41.

Interventional Psychiatry involves the application of procedures including ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), rTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) and other neuromodulation techniques such as VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulation) in the treatment of medication-resistant psychiatric illness. The student will learn about indications for ECT and rTMS, participate in the clinical management of patients undergoing these interventions and will receive training in the application of these procedures. As cases become available, the student will be involved in evaluations of patients receiving VNS. The student will participate in the evaluations of patients referred to the Treatment Resistant Depression Clinic supervised by Dr. Charles Conway. The student will be encouraged to review appropriate literature and make clinically relevant case-oriented presentations. The student will be expected to write a review of a self-selected clinic topic relevant to interventional psychiatry. As advances in the field occur, the rotation may also involve exposure to individuals receiving other modalities of intervention, such as esketamine for treatment resistant depression.

Student time distribution: Inpatient 70%; Outpatient 20%; Conferences/Lectures 10%
Patients seen weekly: 20
Major teaching responsibility: Course Director
On call/weekend responsibility: None
Instruction Type:Internship/Practicum Grade Options:CPA Fees:
Course Type:HomeSame As:N/AFrequency:None / History
SecDays       TimeBuilding / RoomInstructorFinal ExamSeatsEnrollWaits
01TBA(None) / Cristancho PimientoDefault - none9900
Desc:Instructors: Pilar Cristancho, MD; Nuri Farber, MD; Michael Jarvis, MD; Lauren Marks, MD, Charles Conway MD.

Location: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, South Campus

Elective Contact: Cindy Bander, banderc@wustl.edu

Enrollment limit per period: 1

Other Information: Students should contact Cindy Bander prior to the beginning of the elective.


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S=Special Audit
Q=ME Q (Medical School)

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