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During their third year of medical school at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, medical students participate in an eight week clerkship of psychiatry and neurology. Four of these weeks are spent on psychiatry services, with students having the opportunity to rotate at adult inpatient, child and adolescent inpatient, or consultation services at OSU Harding Hospital or with our affiliate community hospital, Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare. In addition to their daily patient care responsibilities, students observe electroconvulsive  therapy (ECT), participate in weekly quiz reviews, lectures and a rigorous clinical skills exercise. Students also complete the psychiatry NBME subject exam at the conclusion of the clerkship. Psychiatry faculty and residents provide supervision and teaching to the medical students.

During their fourth year of medical school, students may choose to participate in elective rotations in psychiatry. In addition to patient care, they have the opportunity to participate and conduct a formal case presentation. Students continue to receive oversight from faculty and have options for elective rotations that include the following:

  • Advanced adult clinical psychiatry with intern level duties and experiences
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with responsibilities on the child and adolescent unit
  • Consultation/liaison Psychiatry
  • Research in Psychiatry
  • Other options specific to career or clinical interests, arranged with the Director of Education

We additionally welcome hosting fourth-year students from medical schools other than OSU. If you are considering this option, please contact the College of Medicine directly and prior to making arrangements for the rotation with the Department of Psychiatry. The contact information is as follows:


Marisa Scholl, Office of Medical Education
333 W. 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Ph: (614) 292-6445

If you would like additional information concerning medical student rotations in psychiatry please contact:

Dr. Julie Niedermier (Clerkship Director), Dr. David Kasick (Associate Clerkship Director) or Melissa Stahr (Clerkship Coordinator)

The Ohio State University Department of Psychiatry
1670 Upham Drive, Suite 117
Columbus, Ohio 43210-1250
Phone : 614-293-8283
Fax: 614-293-4200

If you are an undergraduate student interested in pursuing a career in medicine or psychiatry, we are happy to discuss this with you. If you would like to pursue volunteer opportunities with psychiatric patients, you are encouraged to contact Volunteer Services.