Psychiatry Clerkship

The Psychiatry Clerkship is a six-week clinical rotation that is designed to provide all third-year medicine (M3) students with:

  • the acquisition of clinical competence and basic knowledge in psychiatry.
  • the development of interpersonal skills,
  • the promotion of attitudes commensurate with high standards of professionalism,
  • a foundation for continued learning and self-improvement, and
  • an awareness of the role of systems within psychiatric practice.


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Clerkship Goals & Objectives

The overall goal of the Psychiatry Clerkship is the mastery of basic core competencies that are essential for practice as a competent physician, regardless of career focus.

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Performance Requirements

Students must meet minimum performance requirements to complete the Psychiatry Clerkship satisfactorily.

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Course Administration

Clinical Experiential Director & Course Directors

Dr. Lori Pittinger is Clinical Experiential Director for the Psychiatry Clerkship and in collaboration with Dr. David Sperling, Senior Director of Clinical Experiential Learning, and Dr. Susan Nofziger, Director of M3 Clinical Experiences, provides oversight for the clerkship. In her role as Clinical Experiential Director, Dr. Pittinger is responsible for ensuring that implementation of the Psychiatry Clerkship curriculum is comparable across all teaching sites.

Lori Pittinger, M.D.
Phone: 330.344.6110

David M. Sperling, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6778

Susan Nofziger, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.5907

Course Coordinator

David Ruble, M.S.
Phone: 330.325.6140


Dixie Weisgarber, M.B.A.
Business Manager


Randon S. Welton, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6691

Department of Psychiatry

College of Medicine at NEOMED