M2 Behavioral Sciences curriculum

Essentials of Patient Care is a broad-based behavioral science course in which second-year medical students explore the social, psychological, legal and contextual factors that affect patients, physicians and the interactions between physicians and patients. The curriculum is based around four major content areas: the doctor, the patient, the larger system and doctor-patient interaction. These areas were selected because physician-patient relationships are the core foundation of medical care and are significantly impacted by the background, history and present status of the patient, the constraints and opportunities of the larger system and the degree of self-awareness and professionalism of the doctor.

M3 Psychiatry Clerkship

Clinical training in psychiatry is an integral component of medical education in Rockford. All M3 students are required to spend six weeks on the clerkship which is based at SwedishAmerican Hospital and Rosecrance Health Network. Additional experiences are arranged utilizing more specialized programs in the Rockford region, such as Mabley Developmental Center.

Clinical exposure is diverse and largely representative of the mental health services offered in most communities. Student experiences include acute inpatient services with emergency stabilization, outpatient psychiatric evaluation with medication management, individual psychotherapies and child/adolescent group therapies, as well as, exposure to developmental disabilities programming, addiction treatment services and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). In addition to on-site activities, clerkship didactics include a core lecture series, and the Tuesday Morning Journal Club where students research and present research literature for discussion.

The fundamentals of patient interviewing, diagnosis and risk assessment are emphasized throughout this rotation with the expectation that students will develop competency in these areas. Students are also introduced to commonly utilized psychiatric treatment modalities such as pharmacotherapy, as well as a variety of individual and group psychotherapies.