Call Schedules

Students do not take overnight call on the Psychiatry clerkship. Specific details of call vary by site, but it will generally be once a week the first 4 weeks of the rotation and will involve covering psychiatric patients seen in the Emergency Department from 5 pm to 11 pm. 

Weekend Duty/Days Off

Clerkship expectations for Psychiatry are Monday through Friday. Students may make up missed days at some sites by attending weekend rounds. They are otherwise not expected to be on the wards on weekends.


It is the student’s responsibility to notify his/her team in advance of any absence. For each day that a student misses from the rotation, the course chair or site director may require the student to make up the time. If a student misses more than one day per 2-week rotation, the student may be asked to repeat the rotation at the site director’s discretion.

Schedule Prior to Exams

Call should not be taken within two days before the final exam for the clerkship. Since the exam is given on the last Monday of the rotation, this doesn’t impact psychiatry students.

Physicianship Initiative

Students are expected to exhibit professional behaviors throughout their medical school training.  If you are found in violation of any of the following during a rotation by a faculty member, resident, or staff, the clerkship director will prepare and discuss with you a Physicianship Form. The Form will be forwarded to the Office of Student Affairs where it will be kept separate from your official record unless a second citation should be incurred.

  1. Reliability and Responsibility:  Fulfilling responsibilities to peers, instructors, patients, other health professionals, and oneself; providing accurate, non-misleading information.
  2. Self Improvement and Adaptability:  Accepting constructive feedback, and incorporating this feedback when making changes in his/her behavior; accepting responsibility for one’s failures.
  3. Relationships with Peers, Faculty, and Other Members of the Health Care Team: Relating well to fellow students, faculty or staff; demonstrating sensitivity to other members of the health care team
  4. Relationships with Patients and Families:  Establishing rapport and demonstrating sensitivity in patient care interactions; maintaining professional boundaries with patients or members of their families.
  5. Professional Behavior:  Respecting the diversity of the patients cared for; resolving conflicts professionally; dressing and acting in a professional manner.