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Learn about academic courses, clerkship rotations and other opportunities available to medical students through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. 

Psychiatry Courses

Addiction Medicine Focus Course - CLME 8841

Drug abuse, including alcohol and tobacco use, is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the world, the nation, and especially Oklahoma. Physicians must be aware of the risk, incidence, prevention, and treatment modalities used for managing substance use disorders, including prescription drug abuse, illegal drugs of abuse and new and emerging abused drugs.


The Addiction Medicine Focus Course aims to enhance the student’s awareness of addiction-related risks and the outcomes associated with abuse, particularly focusing on the pharmacology and treatment of drug dependence.


The course will also enhance the student’s knowledge of clinical practice for treating chronic pain, the signs and treatment of drug intoxication in the ER, and problems associated with drug use in pregnancy. This course will also serve as a timely board review for the COMLEX Step One boards in areas of drug abuse and treatment of drug dependence.


Course Coordinator: Jason Beaman, D.O.


Psychiatry System Course - PCME 8883

The Psychiatry System course will utilize a biopsychosocial, evidence-based approach to teach effective strategies for recognition, assessment, and management of psychiatric illness. The course will also facilitate students’ development of an appreciation of the experience of patients with psychiatric disorders and their family members.


Course Coordinators: Jason Beaman, D.O. and Alicia Ford, Ph.D.


Required Psychiatry Rotation

This rotation is a four-week experience, during which time the student, under supervision of a psychiatrist serving as a preceptor, extends his/her knowledge of clinical psychiatry and develops psychiatric skills. Students advance their base of knowledge in pursuit of answers to questions that arise during patient care through assigned readings and interactions with the preceptor(s) and other faculty members. Skill development occurs as students apply knowledge from pre-clinical course work to those clinical problems encountered while performing clerkship activities.


Clerkship Coordinator: Alicia Ford, Ph.D.


Clerkship Administrator: Camillia Estes, B.S.


Elective Psychiatry Rotation

Students who wish to complete an elective rotation in psychiatry should seek approval from their chosen preceptor and submit the application for elective rotation to the Clinical Education office.


Students wishing to complete an elective rotation at one of the following sites should first contact the clerkship administrator, Camillia Estes at, for availability.


  • OSU Behavioral Medicine Clinic
  • OSUMC Psychiatry Consult Service
  • Tulsa Center for Behavioral Health (TCBH)
  • 12 & 12

Psychiatry Audition Rotation

Students who wish to complete an audition rotation for the OSU Psychiatry Residency Program during their fourth year should contact the residency coordinator, Camillia Estes, at


Visiting Medical Students

Elective rotations are available to visiting medical students. Additional information on how to apply can be found here.


Stress Management Program

Beginning in 1988, our Stress Management Program has become an OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine tradition for first-year medical students. The program is designed to help incoming students adjust to life as a medical student. The program is unique in its longevity at a medical school and in its use of second-year students as program facilitators.


The small group meetings are the core of the Stress Management Program. The groups meet weekly for seven weeks at the beginning of the fall semester to:

  • Help first-year students develop stress management skills
  • Help first-year students get to know some of their fellow students
  • Provide a confidential forum for new students to discuss their concerns
  • Provide experienced students to serve as resources for new students

Student participation in the Stress Management Program is voluntary. The second-year students volunteer their time to serve as group leaders and the first-year students volunteer to participate as members of the groups. Important indicators of the success of the Program are that, year after year, almost 1/3 of the students in the second-year class volunteer their time to serve as Stress Management group leaders and more than 98% of the students in the first-year class participate voluntarily as members of the small groups.


Program Directors: Alicia Ford, PhD and Vivian Stevens, PhD


The program was developed by Susan Redwood, Ph.D., and Michael Pollak, Ph.D., and is described in their publication: Student-Led Stress Management Program for First-Year Medical Students, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, 2007, 19(1), 42-46.

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