Outpatient Clinics

Students at all clinical sites will gain clinical exposure to outpatient psychiatry. Participation in outpatient clinics will enable students to appreciate the spectrum of psychiatric presentations, treatment course, and progress.

Carolinas Medical Center

The outpatient experience at CMC is coordinated by Site Director Dr. Linda Mundle.  This experience includes community mental health settings and crisis settings.  Students may work in an emergency setting as well as afternoons in outpatient clinics with their precpetors during part of the rotation.  Dr. Mundle will provide additional information about outpatient experiences for students assigned to CMC.


The outpatient experience at UNC-WakeBrook is coordinated by Site Director Dr. Ted Zarzar.  This experience includes community mental health settings and crisis settings, including Assertive Community Treatment Teams (ACTT), UNC-Horizons at Wake-Brook, and the Wake Behavioral Child Psychiatry clinic.  Students will typically spend one day per week in outpatient clinics.  Students may work in an emergency setting as well as afternoons in outpatient clinics with their precpetors during part of the rotation, as well.  Dr. Zarzar will provide additional information about outpatient experiences for students assigned to UNC-Wakebrook.

Central Regional Hospital and UNC

Students assigned to CRH and UNC will be able to gain a longitudinal clinical experience during the clerkship. This outpatient experience will enable students to understand psychiatric issues and care from a less acute standpoint, which reflects the majority of psychiatric care in the community. Students will be assigned either 2 half-day clinics or one full-day clinic and will be expected to participate in the same clinic(s) each week. UNC-based outpatient clinic experiences include the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Clinics, the STEP clinic for psychotic disorders, and numerous child and adolescent clinics. Additionally, a number of community-based outpatient experiences are offered, including ACT outreach teams, El Futuro (which serves the local Latino population), and community-based clinics such as OASIS and UNC community clinic at Carr Mill Mall. Students should be able to participate in and eventually lead the interview of new patients; also, there is opportunity to see patients more than once over the 6-week rotation. Most students will attend their outpatient clinic 5 times during the rotation. Students will be given clinic assignment(s) at the start of the clerkship. Students will be given a contact name and number should they need further details or if an emergency arises. Please note that if a student is assigned to an all-day clinic on a noon seminar day, the outpatient clinic takes priority and arrangements will be made for the student to access a video of the lecture. Every effort is made not to schedule lectures on days UNC students will be outside the hospital all day.

These clinic experiences are designed primarily as an opportunity for students to appreciate the outpatient setting and to develop skills in interviewing patients. Therefore, students will be evaluated on their participation in the clinics by supervising attendings in terms of professional behaviors; the evaluation for this portion of the clerkship will count toward the professionalism assessment.

Students should contact the attending supervisor of their clinic(s) prior to the first clinic day to make arrangements as to time and location of the first meeting.

In addition, as part of the tutorial experience residents can utilize their patients in the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinics to further expose these students to a broader spectrum of patients than they see on their assigned inpatient units. This type of experience can be arranged with the resident tutors.

If you have any questions or comments about the outpatient clinical experiences, please feel free to contact Dr. Malloy.

Outpatient Clinic Forms, Directions & Miscellaneous Information

Several outpatient clinic assignments require students to complete specific forms relevant to that clinic only prior to beginning their work. These clinics are listed along with forms which students may download as needed, complete and take with them on their first day at the clinic. Directions to the Raleigh clinics are provided. Other miscellaneous outpatient clinic information is available here as well. Specific information/instructions for students assigned to the UNC Consult Service for 3-week rotations is included.

Dr. Shane Boosey's Easter Seals ACT Team

Dr. Shane Boosey's Easter Seals ACT Team operates out of theDurham Easter Seals Clinic.

This clinic is all day on Thursdays.  Students will go out with a team into the community.
Directions, dress, contact information are below.  Students should complete the attached forms and bring on their first day.

Wake Behavioral Clinic

The Wake Behavioral Clinic is a child clinic in Raleigh held on Thursday mornings supervised by Dr. Karen Poulos.

Dr. Rob Christian's CIDD Clinic

This clinic takes place on Tuesday afternoons and is part of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.
Directions, contact information and forms for participating medical students to complete and bring are given below.

UNC Consult Service

On the first day of your rotation, please present to the multipurpose or “work room,” in the psychiatry clinic on the 1st floor (not the ground floor) of the neurosciences hospital around 8:30am. Click here for more information.

Dr. Qionna Tinney's Upward Change Health Services Clinic

This clinic takes place all day on Thursdays in Durham.  It provides both child and adult experiences and focuses on underserved populations.  Click here for more information.