Medical students give foundation program high marks

POSTED: 05/31/12 12:57 PM

St. Maarten – Six students of the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine recently completed the Psychiatry Perceptorship program being run by the Mental Health Foundation. The students started the program in January and have sung high praise for the program and its instructor Dr. Sachin Gandotra.

The program focuses on the observation of psychiatric clinical services with emphasis on the clinical care of patients. Participants have the opportunity to do self study from selected readings and electronic media, informally shadow the psychiatrist, psychologist and the clinical staff in the department of psychiatry and have informal group meetings with mentors and clients in the department of psychiatry.

One student said, “The experience was above and beyond my expectations and reaffirmed my interest in psychiatry.”

Another said, “Dr. Gandotra was very good at teaching and explaining concepts to both patients and to me as a student.”

“Not only did he make me feel comfortable being there, but also I found the experience to be very valuable and enjoyable a great job,” a third participant said.

“It is a great place to do psychiatric rotation and Dr. Gandotra was excellent,” a fourth student said.

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