Mind, Brain, and Behavior
Mind, Brain, and Behavior is a nine week course for all second year medical students that
combines psychopathology, neurology, and neuroanatomy into an integrated curriculum. Dr. Brenda
Talley is a course Co-Director. Second year medical students are taught disease processes
affecting the human mind and interviewing techniques to elicit psychiatric symptoms such as
psychosis, suicidal ideation, and substance dependence. This course includes the clinical
features and neurobiological mechanisms mediating psychiatric illnesses such as depression,
schizophrenia, neurocognitive disorders, and anxiety. Clinical skill group activities emphasize
psychiatric interviewing, mental status formulations, and differential diagnosis.
Every student rotates through the psychiatry clerkship for six weeks during their third year
of medical school. Under the course direction of Dr. Brenda Talley, students learn how to actively
diagnosis and treat patients with a spectrum of mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, major
depressive disorder, and substance use. Specific skills learned include suicide risk assessment,
mental status assessment, substance use assessment, depression screening, and psychosis evaluation.
In addition to inpatient units and outpatient clinics, students take calls at the Veterans Hospital.
Training sites for the psychiatry clerkship include:
- University Hospital
- South Texas Veterans' Health Care System
- UTHSCSA Transitional Care Clinic
- Rio Grande State Center (RAHC)
- Valley Baptist Hospital (RAHC)
- Tropical Texas MHMR (RAHC)
- San Antonio State Hospital
- Clarity Children’s Out-patient Services
Brenda J. Talley, M.D.