Medical Learner Opportunities

Medical students are introduced to psychiatry in the first and second year as a shadow experience. Acceptance is based on availability. Contact medical.education@pinerest.org for more information.

This is for Michigan State University College of Human Medicine students only. All rotations are scheduled through MSU College of Human Medicine. Visiting students are not accepted at this time.

All interested students must complete the Elective Psychiatry Rotation Application.

Students accepted for a rotation at Pine Rest will be required to complete PHASE II of the Elective Rotation Application process. PHASE II will require a nonrefundable $550 application fee (application fee waived for MSU College of Human Medicine students), verification that you are a student in good standing, are covered by home medical school liability insurance, have personal health coverage and proof of immunization/immunity of the following diseases: Chicken Pox, Rubella, Mumps, Polio, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Influenza within past 12 months, TB Skin Test within past 12 months. A criminal background check and drug screen will be conducted by Pine Rest.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Students will have active involvement on the Child & Adolescent inpatient unit. Students will be involved in admissions and attend to patient care, as well as treatment planning and management. Students will also be involved in assessment of childhood mental illness, including ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, suicidality, autistic spectrum disorders, as well as looking at psychiatric/psychological issues of children with illness and working with the children, their families and with the treatment team.

Adult Psychiatry: Addiction Medicine

Students will learn the essentials of identification, assessment, and treatment of patients with substance-use disorders with an emphasis on screening and motivational techniques. Students would also learn principles of detoxification for alcohol, opiates, and sedative-hypnotics; interpretation of drug testing results; proper prescribing practices for patient with substance use disorders. Students will participate in patient evaluation, creation of treatment plans and will accompany patients to the Intensive Outpatient Program 3 days a week.

Adult Psychiatry

Students will have active involvement on an inpatient psychiatry unit as a functioning member of the treatment team. Students will conduct initial and follow-up evaluations of psychiatric inpatients, work with different members of the treatment team including nurses, social workers, pharmacists, and chaplains, lead treatment team discussions of diagnosis and treatment and acquire additional skills in utilization of psycho-tropic medications and psychotherapy. This elective will expand the introductory psychiatric experience and will provide students with the opportunity to participate in the in-depth care of acutely ill psychiatric patients.

Geriatric Psychiatry

Students will have active involvement on the older adult inpatient unit at Pine Rest. The student will be assisting with admissions, developing a differential diagnosis and Psycho-Social-Spiritual treatment approach, daily rounds and discharge planning, with oversight from the attending psychiatrist. The student will have the opportunity to observe Probate Court proceedings, participate in family meetings and multidisciplinary treatment team meetings. There will also be opportunities to observe testing for Dementia including Cognitive Performance and Neuropsychological evaluations. Students will be exposed to different psychiatric diseases seen in this patient population including Depression, Anxiety, Dementia, and Schizophrenia and will develop an understanding about the unique pharmacologic strategies for treating these conditions. Students will also have an opportunity to observe both Transcranial Magnetic Therapy and Electroconvulsive Therapy.

Fourth Year Medical Student Elective Rotation Scholarship for Medical Students Underrepresented in Medicine

Pine Rest’s Graduate Medical Education Department is committed to fostering an environment of excellence and providing the highest quality patient care through our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

We encourage inclusion of all, including those who are historically underrepresented in medicine by their racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, socioeconomic, and gender identities. We offer a unique opportunity for fourth year medical students from groups currently underrepresented in medicine. Our scholarship provides assistance and support in order to gain clinical exposure within the field of psychiatry in the form of a month-long elective rotation.

The purpose of this scholarship is to guide and support medical students from underrepresented groups who plan to pursue psychiatry as a career. The scholarship provides $1,500 for travel, housing, food and other expenses. Throughout the rotation, scholarship recipients will receive a comprehensive learning experience at one of largest free-standing behavioral health organizations in the country.

Medical student rotations at Pine Rest are highly integrated with our psychiatry residency program which allows for interaction with current residents and faculty through both clinical experiences and didactics. Thank you for considering us, we hope to connect with you soon!

Who can apply?

  • Current 3rd year medical students applying for 4th year elective rotations from underrepresented backgrounds in medicine (including, but not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identification) currently in good standing at an accredited U.S. allopathic or osteopathic medical school who intend to match into a psychiatry residency program.

How can I apply?

Please submit a Personal Cover Letter outlining why you are passionate about the field of Psychiatry and why you are choosing it as your lifelong career. Please also answer one of the three questions below*:

    1. Describe any experiences in your personal life or in your training that have led you to appreciate the difficulties faced by the medically underserved. How do you foresee caring for the underserved in your future practice?
    2. Describe challenges that you have faced as an underrepresented minority in medicine and how you plan to use those experiences when caring for underserved populations.
    3. Describe your own experience as an underrepresented minority in medicine. You should further describe what you perceive to be the main impediments to the development of a diverse workforce and how you propose those impediments could be addressed.

*This step can be uploaded when you complete your application.

Please submit the following, directly from the letter writer to Medical.Education@pinerest.org:

  • A letter of recommendation and
  • A statement of good standing from your medical school

What is the deadline to apply?

  • We will start accepting applications on January 1, 2021 and applications will be due on April 15, 2021. Students will be notified of our decision by June 1, 2021.

How are the scholarship recipients selected?

  • All applications completed by the due date will be reviewed by a medical education sponsored committee.

What are the details of the scholarship?

  • Medical students selected for this rotation will receive a $1,500 stipend for rotation expenses. The stipend will be given in the form of reimbursement for travel, housing, food, and other expenses incurred throughout the month-long rotation. The stipend will be given after satisfactory completion of the rotation and after appropriate documentation is submitted.

Questions?

Please reach out to medical.education@pinerest.org for further information.

All interested students must complete a Visiting Physician Assistant Rotation Application.

Students accepted for a rotation at Pine Rest will be required to complete PHASE II of the Visiting Physician Assistant Rotation Application process. PHASE II will require a nonrefundable $400 application fee (application fee waived for GVSU students), verification that you are a student in good standing, are covered by home school liability insurance, have personal health coverage, proof of immunization/immunity of the following diseases: Chicken Pox, Rubella, Mumps, Polio, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Influenza within past 12 months, TB Skin Test within past 12 months. A criminal background check and drug screen will be conducted by Pine Rest.

All interested students must complete the Visiting PharmD Rotation Application.

Students accepted for a rotation at Pine Rest will be required to complete PHASE II of the Visiting PharmD Rotation Application process. PHASE II will require a nonrefundable $450 application fee, verification that you are a student in good standing, are covered by home school liability insurance, have personal health coverage, proof of immunization/immunity of the following diseases: Chicken Pox, Rubella, Mumps, Polio, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Influenza within past 12 months, TB Skin Test within past 12 months. A criminal background check and drug screen will be conducted by Pine Rest.

All interested students must complete a Visiting Resident Rotation Application.

Visiting Resident rotations are typically scheduled on a 4 week basis. Pine Rest offers the following visiting resident rotations:

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychiatry: Addiction Medicine
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry

Residents accepted for a rotation at Pine Rest will be required to provide verification of personal health coverage and proof of immunization/immunity of the following diseases: Chicken Pox, Rubella, Mumps, Polio, Tetanus/Diphtheria, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Influenza within past 12 months, TB Skin Test within past 12 months. A criminal background check and drug screen will be conducted by Pine Rest.

Please contact medical.education@pinerest.org if you are interested in applying for a Visiting Resident rotation at Pine Rest.

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