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 underrepresented groups in medicine the opportunity to participate in an elective at New York Presbyterian/New York State Psychiatric Institute. Participants will have the opportunity to work in either a community center with a collaborative care-based model or on our inpatient unit. Participants will also participate in residency didactics during their rotation. 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 preparation for board examinations, for a total value of up to $1,000. Participants will also have the option to receive either a $2000 stipend, or depending on availability, Columbia housing and an additional $500 for living expenses during their one-month rotation.


Participants will have the option to rotate on either the Washington Heights Community Service Inpatient Unit or the Adult Outpatient Community Psychiatry Clinic (please see descriptions below). Please indicate your preference for rotation site. We will do our best to accommodate first choice preference, however if your first-choice option is not available, please indicate if you are willing to participate in the second-choice rotation site.

Washington Heights Community Service Inpatient Unit:

The Washington Heights Community Service Inpatient Unit is a state-funded urban community mental health center which provides a comprehensive acute care for individuals with severe mental illness. Participants will provide direct care to patients while working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary team of social workers, therapists, physicians, case managers, peer specialists and others.

Adult Outpatient Community Psychiatry Clinic:

The Adult Outpatient Community Psychiatry Clinic offers comprehensive and diverse outpatient services to the community in Washington Heights/Inwood population as well as those receiving care at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Participants will gain expertise in understanding the outpatient and community continuum of care and learn how to manage acute outpatient crises and rapid stabilization.

Program Dates: August 1st to August 31, 2023

Application Deadline: Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Eligibility/Fellowship Requirements

Applicants will be considered on an individual basis with special consideration given to those applicants who:

  • Were the first in their family to attend graduate school 
  • Grew up in a single parent household;
  • Have, either as a result of their socio-economic background, their status as a member of an historically underrepresented group in medical school, their disability status, their LGBTQ status, or other challenging life experiences, overcome obstacles on their journey to medical school
  • Have lived or worked in a diverse environment
  • Have, through their education or work experience, demonstrated a commitment to serving historically underprivileged populations. 

To be eligible medical students must:

  • Be enrolled in an US medical school (LCME-accredited school or Osteopathic school)
  • 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:

Please select the PSCY-PS100P, Psychiatry Visiting Student Program.

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 on acceptance and confirmation of the participation in the program. See list below for current expected items.

  • DSM-5: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (Pocket guide)
  • 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


If you have any questions, please reach out to: 

Patrice Malone, MD, PhD