Drexel University

Psychiatry Pathway

Drexel University College of Medicine

Curriculum through Class of 2019 only. For students graduating Class of 2020 and beyond, please see new curriculum link.

FOR PATHWAY 2018-2019: Psychiatry Pathway Breakout Handout 2018-2019


The Department of Psychiatry began offering a senior year discipline-based pathway in July 1997. This pathway has been designed to assist both faculty and medical students in undertaking a more careful approach in curriculum planning for those students who are considering residency training and/or a career in psychiatry.

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Sites and Personnel

Pathway Director and Site Coordinator:

Drexel University College of Medicine
Donna M. Sudak, M.D.
President, American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training
Professor of Psychiatry
Vice Chair for Education
Senior Assocaite Training Director
Director of Psychotherapy Training
Drexel University
245 N. 15th Street
Mail Stop 403
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: (215) 219-6640
Fax:(215) 762-4259
e-mail: ds42@drexel.edu 
Coordinator: Heather McLAughlin
(215) 831-4053 Phone
(215) 831-4020 Fax
e-mail: hgm28@drexel.edu

Co-Director/Associate Directors, Site Coordinators and Teaching Sites:


Co-Director/Associate Director

Site Coordinator


Kimberly Best, M.D.
Einstein Medical Center
Department of Psychiatry
5501 Old York Road
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 456-9015 Phone

Ann Fenstermaker
(215) 456-9015

Friends Hospital

Gretchen Magnani, M.D.
DUCOM Department of Psychiatry
4641 Roosevelt Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19124
Phone: (215) 831-6927
Fax:(215) 831-4020

Heather McLaughlin
(215) 831-4053 Phone


Gulan Noorani , M.D.
Department of Psychiatry
320 East North Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 330-4028 Phone
(412) 330-4377 Fax

Suzanne Kodya
(412) 330-4046 Phone
(412) 330-4377 Fax


Paul Donaher, M.D.
1400 Blackhorse Hill Road
Coatesville, PA 19320
(610) 384-7711 x5420 Phone

Lori Kutcher
(Education) x6128 or 4385
(610) 384-7711 Phone

Hahnemann C/L

Sunil Verma, M.D.
Hahnemann University Hospital
Department of Psychiatry
Broad & Vine, Mail Stop 403
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
(215) 762-7411 Phone
(215) 762-4259 Fax

Heather McLaughlin
(215) 831-4053 Phone

Hahnemann PMCU

Wei Du, M.D.
Hahnemann University Hospital
Department of Psychiatry
Broad & Vine, Mail Stop 403
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
(215) 831-7841 Phone
(215) 831-5042 Fax

Heather McLaughlin
(215) 831-4053 Phone

Renfrew Clinic

David Hahn, M.D.
475 Spring Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(215) 482-5353 x3005 Phone

Abigail Buffington
(215) 482-5353 x3222 Phone

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Goals and Objectives

The goals of the psychiatry pathway are as follows:

  1. To provide a student with greater familiarity with the field of psychiatry and thereby assist the student in making an appropriate career choice;
  2. to enhance the possibility of initiating or further developing mentoring relationships within the department; and
  3. to encourage a thorough foundation in non-psychiatric disciplines.

Courses provided by the Department have also been designed to provide those students who are not planning to go into psychiatry with the option of obtaining some additional training in psychiatry during medical school. The objectives for individual fourth-year elective courses are provided in a separate document.

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Description of Pathway

Click here for a summary table of the Psychiatry Pathway.

The Department of Psychiatry requires pathway students to select two but no more than three psychiatry courses during the senior year.  One course must be done at a home site.  The selection of senior courses away from the DUCOM clinical affiliates will be limited to three (maximum of 12 weeks), as per school policy.

Students who are considering a career in psychiatry are encouraged to get additional training in other disciplines, especially family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics, pediatrics, and general surgery. Electives in highly subspecialized aspects of medicine and surgery are not recommended.

Psychiatry Courses

Current Primary Courses may be found in the Senior Electives Catalogue under "Psychiatry." For a current listing, please refer to the on-line catalogue at: https://webcampus.drexelmed.edu/clinicaleducation/SeniorElectives/

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Textbooks and Learning Resources

Students will be given a list of recommended references and related readings at the time of developing their pathway selection.


Evaluation of Student Performance:

The student's clinical performance will be evaluated by the supervising attending and may include consultation with collaborating residents and other clinical personnel who are familiar with the student's handling of responsibilities. The Department recommends to both attendings and students that they jointly review a draft of the written evaluation during the latter part of the fourth week in the course before the final copy of the Senior Student Clinical Rotation Evaluation Report is/are completed. The completed evaluation form must be submitted in DOCSS.

Any student who fails to receive a grade of Satisfactory or better will be required to undertake remediation as worked out by the Department in collaboration with the Promotions Committee and the Dean's office. Grade appeals must follow the Student Handbook.

Evaluation of the Elective

At the end of each elective, students will be required to complete course and faculty evaluations through DOCSS. Additionally, each year senior students are asked to complete a brief evaluation form summarizing the utility of the overall pathway.

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The provisions of The Student Handbook of Drexel University College of Medicine are not to be regarded as a contract between any student and the College of Medicine. The College of Medicine may, at any time, change any provisions, curriculum requirements, teaching facilities, affiliated teaching sites and/or their amenities, bylaws, rules, regulations and policies as may be necessary in the interest of the University, College of Medicine, and its students.
Revised 08/06/2018-- Specific questions or comments about the content of this page may be directed to the Division of Clinical Education
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