summer institute students


How to Apply

Students may apply by contacting Delores Yeatts, Program Coordinator. 

All applicants should include a one-page essay as to why they would like to be admitted to the Institute. Students will be accepted on the basis of merit.

For application information regarding the Summer Institute please contact:

Delores Yeatts
Program Coordinator
VCU Dept of Psychiatry
(804) 828-7912

Summer Institute in Psychiatry for Medical Students

About the Program

The purpose of the Summer Institute in Psychiatry for Medical Students hosted by the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine is to provide medical students with an exciting and intensive experience in Psychiatry, covering topics that are of interest to trainees, but may not be presented in a traditional curriculum. The Institute will consist of seminars and clinical experiences provided by nationally and internationally known experts in the field of Psychiatry. Students will receive a Certificate of Participation at the end of the program. Students entering the M-II through M-IV years are eligible , up to a maximum enrollment of 12.


Each day of the program is organized around a central theme, followed by dinners and a variety of social activities.

Sunday - Welcome Dinner
Monday - Psychiatry Residency Training
Tuesday - Current Issues in Psychiatry
Wednesday - Med-Psych I
Thursday - Med-Psych II
Friday - Therapies Beyond 


Topics will include:

  • The Components of Psychiatry Residency
  • Brain Imaging in Psychiatry
  • Demonstration of Transcranial Magnetic & Vagal Nerve Stimulation
  • Psychosocial Assessment of Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • HIV Psychiatry
  • Using Genetics to Understand Psychiatric Illness
  • Human-Animal Interaction & Animal-Assisted Therapy
  • Suicide Assessment
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Stigma of Mental Illness
  • Neuropsychiatric Manifestations of TBI
  • Clinical Observation of ECT
  • Boundary Issues in Psychiatry
  • Various Team Rounds - Inpatient,
  • Outpatient, Virginia Treatment Center for Children,
  • Emergency Department, & Electroconvulsive Therapy

Intended Audience

The Institute is open to all medical students nationally.


The Institute is free of charge to all students with housing and daily meals provided. Students are responsible for travel expenses.