Psychiatry Clerkship: Reno


  • General Guidelines & Techniques for Interviewing
  • Elements of the Psychiatric Assessment
  • Biopsychosocial Spiritual Model
  • General Guidelines: Psychiatry H& P
  • Mental Status Examination
  • Supportive Psychotherapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Antidepressant Medications
  • Antipsychotic Medications
  • Mood Stabilizers
  • Sedative/Hypnotic/Anxiolytic
  • DSM Highlights & Review


  • Week 1
    • The First Interview of a Patient with Psychosis: Symptoms, Safety, and Stabilization
    • Schizophrenia
  • Week 2
    • Bipolar Disorder Clinical Synthesis: Where Does the Evidence Lead?
    • Depression: An Update for the Clinician
  • Week 3
    • Review of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety
  • Week 4
    • Assessment and Treatment of Suicidal Patients

Standardized Grading For Clerkship – Faculty Tutor

  1. Honors (All of the following): The honors student demonstrated consistent interest and intellectual curiosity in the patients and psychiatric problems they encounter. The student completed all write-ups on or before designated date. Each write-up was thorough, well organized and had complete databases including frequent use of collateral sources. In the write-ups, the student offered sophisticated formulations with attention to biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of the patient. The diagnoses and treatment plans reflected the database and the use of evidence based medicine. The honor student was punctual for meetings, with active participation in discussion. Write-ups, discussion or presentations showed evidence of reading and synthesis of material.
  2. High Pass: The high pass student was consistently present and participated in all faculty tutor sessions and discussions. Each write-up was submitted on time. The student incorporated feedback from the first write-up into all remaining work. The database from each write-up was generally complete, with use of collateral sources in one or more write-ups. The treatment plans reflected evidence based medicine.
  3. Pass: The pass student may have lapsed once in punctuality or attendance, but responded to feedback. Write-ups improved—the last was clearly better than the first. The student showed good attitude towards work and critique. The write-ups were organized and had complete databases, formulations and treatment plans. The student showed evidence of some reading.
  4. Marginal Pass: The marginal pass student completed all required write-ups, but with limited attention to details of format or multiple delays. The student demonstrated marginal attitude or interest towards work and critique (or was covertly negative). There was an unexcused failure to make one or more meetings or repeated tardiness. The student failed to use feedback.
  5. Fail (Any of the following): The failing student failed to submit one or more required write-ups. The write-ups showed inadequate attention to details of format - they may have been superficial or incomplete. The student showed poor interest and attitude or was overtly negative towards work or the course. The student had more than one unexcused absence from meetings or severe repeated tardiness. The student demonstrated unethical behavior.

Psychiatry Clerkship Mini-Electives

As part of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine Psychiatry clerkship rotation, students may participate in optional mini-electives to augment their experience. Mini-electives may vary in duration from one half-day to one-day. Students are allowed to participate in up to 2 mini-electives.

There will be no formal evaluations. However, students are expected to uphold the degree of interest and professionalism that is expected at any clinical site.

To schedule, please e-mail Gracee Tout at Please allow up to two weeks to coordinate faculty availability.

Current offerings include:

School of Medicine Clinic with Dr. Andrea Sorensen
Outpatient Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
5190 Neil Road, Suite 215, Reno
Half-day: Friday morning

Lakes Crossing Center with Dr. Steven Zuchowski
Inpatient Secure Psychiatric Hospital
500 Galletti Way, Sparks
Half- or full-day: Wednesday

Mojave Mental Health with Dr. Michael Daines
Outpatient Adult Psychiatry
745 W. Moana Ln, Reno
Half-day: Tuesday afternoon

NNAMHS Inpatient with Dr. Nicole Pavlatos
480 Galletti Way, Sparks
Half-days: Tuesday or Thursday afternoon

NNAMHS Rapid Stabilization Unit with Dr. Brian Kirkpatrick
480 Galletti Way, Sparks
Half-days: Thursday or Friday morning