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Community Ment Health J. 2017 May;53(4):460-463. doi: 10.1007/s10597-017-0081-3. Epub 2017 Feb 13.

Student-Run Clinics: A Novel Approach to Integrated Care, Teaching and Recruitment.

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Department of Psychiatry, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA.
Columbia University Medical Center, NY-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus, New York, NY, USA.


The purpose of this study is to assess the educational impact of incorporating a psychiatry consult service into a medical student-run clinic. In November 2014, a psychiatry consult service was introduced at the Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP), a student-run clinic located in Harlem, New York. From September 2015 to January 2016, surveys (Qualtrics) were then distributed to student members of the clinic. Surveys assessed how the psychiatric consult service impacted students' knowledge, skills and attitudes about psychiatry. According to survey results (83.8% response rate, nā€‰=ā€‰31), 100% of students at CHHMP agreed that the psychiatry consult service is a useful addition to the clinic, and 94% agreed that the service helped increase their perceived knowledge of psychiatry. Survey results suggest that having a psychiatry consult service at a student-run clinic is a beneficial educational model in increasing medical students' perceived knowledge and comfort with psychiatry.


Community psychiatry; Integrated care; Student-run clinics

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