Medical Students

We are excited to present multiple educational opportunities for medical students – including for those who do not plan to go into Psychiatry.  Every medical specialty brings doctors face-to-face with individuals who have mental health issues. Your success as a physician will be related to your ability to address the whole person. 

Antiracism Statement

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences condemns racism, discrimination, and oppression in all forms. We affirm that racism and oppression are public health crises with serious mental health consequences for the communities we serve. For more information about our commitment, please open the Antiracism Statement tab on this page.

Years 1 & 2

Year 1

In your first year of Medical School, you will take Human Behavior, a course that introduces you to fundamentals that every physician should know.

Year 2

In your second year of Medical School, you will prepare for the transition to your clinical education, including your work with patients with behavioral health needs, through Essentials of Clinical Medicine and Foundations of Clinical Thinking.

Years 3 & 4

Required Clerkship

Psychiatry Externship ADPY 7500 is a requirement for medical students to complete in their third or fourth year of medical school. This course focuses on acute presentations of major psychiatric illnesses, and prepares medical students to recognize, diagnose, and understand treatment for these illnesses.

Elective Clerkships

We offer a range of elective opportunities for University of ​Minnesota​ medical students and qualified visiting medical students. Individually arrange​d​ electives that meet students’ interests and educational needs are also available.


​Visiting Medical Students

We encourage medical students from other LCME-accredited institutions to consider participating in an elective at the University of ​Minnesota​.​ ​

If you are considering visiting our campus as a medical student, please review the application process for visiting students.

Psychiatry Interested Medical Students

We sponsor a Psychiatry Interest Group where you can learn more about our specialty. The group hosts several events during the school year, including presentations from guest faculty and residents as well as information about student community service activities and the residency application process. With the current explosion in brain science research, the field of Psychiatry is changing rapidly and moving in exciting directions. There are limitless professional opportunities – from running your own private practice to being a member of a clinical team that provides neuromodulation.


Lora Wichser
Clerkship Director
Jeremy Bydlon
Undergraduate Medical Education Coordinator