UNC-WakeBrook, Raleigh

Located in Raleigh in close proximity to WakeMed, UNC-WakeBrook offers students exposure to a wide variety of patients in inpatient, emergency, outpatient and community outreach settings.

UNC Hospitals at WakeBrook

Welcome to the WakeBrook psychiatry rotation. The six week rotation for UNC 3rd-year medical students (MS3s) will provide an introduction to inpatient psychiatry and working as a part of a multidisciplinary treatment team in a unique, integrated care environment. We hope your experience here will be interesting and educational. 

WakeBrook is comprised of four distinct units and one clinic. The inpatient unit (IPU), facility-based crisis unit (FBC), and alcohol and drug detox (ADD) center, each have 16 beds, and the crisis and assessment services (CAS) unit has capacity for 10 patients. The primary care clinic is operated by the UNC Department of Family Medicine and primarily serves patients with severe mental illness who are part of the UNC Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) or the UNC Wake STEP clinic. WakeBrook is also a site for the UNC Horizons program, which provides medication management and intensive substance abuse outpatient treatment for women. There are opportunities to see children and adolescents at the nearby Wake Behavioral Clinic.  MS3s will primary work on the IPU and FBC in two 3-week blocks. Opportunities will be available to spend time on the other units, clinics, and programs depending on students’ interests and scheduling. Students will work under the supervision of an attending psychiatrist and/or a psychiatric nurse practitioner. The treatment team typically consists of a psychiatrist, case manager, social work clinician (FBC only), nurses, pharmacist, recreational therapist and occupational therapist.

As you proceed through the rotation, your assigned supervisor should be able to answer most questions not covered here. Additionally, other contacts who can address questions or problems include:


Ted Zarzar, MD, Clerkship site director                               Theodore_Zarzar@med.unc.edu

Brian Robbins, MD, IPU Medical Director                           Brian_Robbins@med.unc.edu


Directions to Site

Take I-40 east from Chapel Hill toward Raleigh.
Take exit 289 for Wade Ave then take the I-440 E exit toward Wake Forest.
After about 9 miles, take the New Bern Ave. exit (13A) toward downtown.
At the second light, turn left onto Sunnybrook Road.
At the second light again (you'll be across from Holly Hill Hospital), turn left into the WakeBrook campus. Building 107 is the one to your left.
Please park in any non-visitor space.