The Dr. June Jackson Christmas Medical Student Fourth Year Elective


The Psychiatry Department at Columbia University is dedicated to increasing diversity of providers within psychiatry and to improving provider understanding and awareness of how social factors and systems affect mental health. The Dr. June Jackson Christmas (JJC) Senior Visiting Medical Student Psychiatry Elective Program has been created to provide senior students from racial/ethnic underrepresented groups in medicine the opportunity to participate in a virtual elective at the New York Presbyterian/Columbia Outpatient Adult Psychiatry Clinic.  Participants will have the opportunity to work in a community center with a collaborative care-based model.  Participants will receive a variety of teaching and training on relevant topics including racism, gender and sexuality, and reproductive psychiatry. To further support students’ education and development, each participant will receive academic textbooks on topics ranging from general psychiatry to social justice, as well as equipment to aid in telepsychiatry, for a total value of up to $1,000.  

Program Dates: August 1st to August 31st, 2021

Application Deadline: Friday, May 28th, 2021

Eligibility/Fellowship Requirements

To be eligible medical students must:

  • Be enrolled in an US medical school (LCME-accredited school or Osteopathic school)
  • Identify as belonging to a racial or ethnic group that has been historically underrepresented in psychiatry (i.e., Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders) 
  • Be in good academic standing at their current medical school 
  • Have completed their Major Clinical Year, including their core psychiatry rotation
  • Agree to participate in all surveys as part of the program’s evaluation
  • Participate in a virtual or in person interview if requested
  • Submit all application requirements prior to deadlines


The application and supporting materials should be submitted on the medical school’s Visiting Students application portal, which should be re-opening soon as it is currently being updated:

The application will require: 

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Medical School Transcript 
  • Step 1 Board Score Report 
  • Personal statement: An essay describing your interest in psychiatry and in this program [1000 words maximum]
  • Letters of Reference: Reference letters are not required but up to two letters may be sent directly from the faculty member to  

Equipment Distribution

All participants will be provided with academic resources and equipment up to $1000 on acceptance and confirmation of the participation in the program. See list below for current expected items. 

  • The Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Residency Handbook of psychiatry
  • The Fifth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) 
  • DSM-5 Handbook on the Cultural Formulation Interview
  • The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry (13th ed.)
  • Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology
  • Stahl's Essential Psychopharmacology: Prescriber's guide 7th guide
  • Racism and Psychiatry: Contemporary Issues and Interventions
  • Social (In)Justice and Mental Health
  • The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease
  • Bluetooth Headset for patient interactions
  • Computer Webcam for patient interactions 


Please contact Nicole Pacheco, M.D. ( with any questions or concerns.