Wayne State University

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School of Medicine

Clinical Sites


Sinai-Grace Hospital

Sinai-Grace Hospital is one of two primary inpatient sites through which residents rotate during first, second, and fourth year. Residents work with the interdisciplinary team to provide comprehensive care to patients on the 23-bed inpatient unit. They receive individual resident teaching and supervision during this time as well.  Residents cover the inpatient unit, emergency service, and consults during in-house call at SGH. During second year, residents also rotate through the Consult-Liaison service, covering medical, surgical, ICU, and the emergency department. An elective in Emergency Psychiatry is also available at SGH and is a particular favorite of residents.  Residents also have the opportunity to teach medical students on both the inpatient unit and on the consult-liaison service.



Sinai-Grace Ardmore Clinic

Sinai-Grace Ardmore Clinic is one of two primary third year rotation sites. Residents spend two days a week serving roughly 800 patients in the community. There is a wide range of pathology, and residents have a significant amount of autonomy in managing their patients. Attendings and clinical staff at the facility are always supportive, and residents operate as part of an interdisciplinary team, including case managers, social works, therapists, and ancillary staff, to provide optimal patient management. In addition, residents receive individual didactics and clinical supervision, as well as a lecture series on hypnotherapy with any opportunity to practice techniques.



Detroit Receiving Hospital/Harper Hospital

Detroit Receiving Hospital, located in midtown Detroit, is the first Level One Trauma Center in Michigan and one of the first in the country. It is a 320-bed hospital serving close to 250,000 patients every year. Detroit Receiving Hospital’s Neurology service also offers dedicated multiple sclerosis clinic, neuromuscular clinic, and movement disorders clinic. Harper Hospital is recognized as a level 4 epilepsy center with nationally renowned neurologists.

In Year 1, residents complete internal medicine floor and inpatient neurology rotations at Detroit Receiving Hospital and Harper Hospital. In Year 2, residents rotate through a dedicated psychiatric crisis center. The Crisis Center has been the site of numerous clinical studies, resulting in improved patient outcomes with 90% reduced inpatient hospitalization rates, the best in the country. Residents rotate with several different attendings and learn to manage highly acute patients from a psychiatric and medical standpoint.




Hawthorne Center

Founded in 1956, Hawthorne Center is a 118-bed child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric facility. It provides high quality inpatient mental health services to emotionally disturbed children and adolescents ages 5-17. Residents gain an immense learning opportunity with a wide variety of pathology, and high acuity. Residents have the opportunity to work with child and adolescent psychiatrists, current child and adolescent fellows, clinical psychologists, nursing staff, pediatricians, and social work staff.



Tolan Park Medical Building

Opened in March 2013, Tolan Park Medical Building is a primary site for didactic instruction, psychotherapy supervision, and neuroscience research. The building sits on 2.7 acres adjacent to Tolan Park in close proximity to WSU School of Medicine and Detroit Receiving Hospital. The $18-million project resulted in 62,846 square feet of state-of-the-art clinical and research space. Third and fourth year residents have their own private offices with desktop computers.





John D. Dingell VA Medical Center

Residents rotate through a variety of clinical experiences at the John D. Dingell VAMC over the course of their four years of training. The hospital features a 28-bed inpatient unit. Residents spend 3-4 blocks on the unit during their first year, may spend an additional 3 months during their second year of training, and then complete an additional month as a senior resident in fourth year. The inpatient unit utilizes a team-oriented paradigm, including psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, nurses, mental health technicians, addiction therapists, and occupational therapists, to treat patients comprehensively.

Residents also see patients in the emergency department when on call and at times when on consulation services. During second year and fourth year, residents also have the opportunity to rotate through chemical dependency clinics, geriatric medicine clinics and nursing homes, psychosomatic medicine services, day treatment programs, community psychiatry services, sexual trauma clinics, and PTSD clinics. Second year residents spend a half-day in the outpatient clinic every week, and third year residents have half of their outpatient experience at the VAMC. There is also the opportunity to create custom electives focusing on areas such as smoking cessation pharmacotherapeutic and behavioral interventions.