Development and Implementation of Psychiatric Services in a Student-Operated Clinic

Whitney L. Stuard, Kathryn Squiers, Adina Suss, Emily Schrader, Dina Triantafyllou, Adam M Brenner, Carol S North

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Abstract

This article chronicles the development and implementation of Monday Psychiatry Clinic, a psychiatry component of a medical student-operated free clinic (The Monday Clinic) in Dallas, Texas, providing assessment data systematically collected in the clinic. The established clinical purpose of Monday Psychiatry Clinic is to assess common psychiatric disorders and refer patients in need to appropriate sources of care. This clinic provided leadership education and volunteering opportunities to medical students who learned to interact with patients with psychiatric concerns, established clinical interviewing skills, and became familiar with psychiatric diagnostic criteria. More than one-third of the patients screened positive for depression, alcohol, or drug problems, and one-fourth of the patients with a positive screen were diagnosed with one of these disorders. All patients with identified problems were referred for the appropriate level of care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)553-560
Number of pages8
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Volume55
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 15 2019

Keywords

  • Alcohol and drug use disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Medical education
  • Medical student leadership
  • Psychiatric assessment
  • Student-operated free clinic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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