Our UA College of Medicine – Phoenix Psychiatry Clerkship has been a key clinical learning experience for our third-year students for over a quarter century. The six-week rotation has been popular and valued, drawing many students into our specialty, as well as developing relevant clinical skills for those pursuing other careers in medicine.

Our Clerkship is exemplary in using a distributed model across metropolitan Phoenix, providing students superb opportunities in the assessment and treatment of a wide variety of patients supervised by our highly skilled clinician educator faculty. Current clinical sites include Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, the Carl T. Hayden VA Health Care SystemValleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System), Banner Thunderbird Medical Center and Northern Arizona VA Health Care in Prescott supporting our Rural Health Professions Program students.

In addition to our longstanding Psychiatry Clerkship, our department also offers numerous elective experiences for medical students, which are listed in the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix student electives catalog. Interested faculty should contact Christina Bergin, MD, director of the College of Medicine – Phoenix Electives program.

Clinical Site Directors

Amal Sharifi, MD
Clerkship and Clinical Site Director, Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix 

Amal Sharifi

Randall Ricardi, DO
Clinical Site Director, Phoenix Children's Hospital

Randall Ricardi, DO

Aida Lacevic, MD
Clinical Site Director, Phoenix VA Medical Center

Aida Lacevic, MD

Joanna Kowalik, MD
Clinical Site Director, Valleywise Health (formerly Maricopa Integrated Health System)

Joanna Kowalik, MD

Wilfredo Rodriguez, MD 
Clinical Site Director, Northern Arizona VA Medical Center


Arthur Chou, MD
Clinical Site Director, Horizon Health and Wellness


Srinivas Dannaram, MD
Clinical Site Director, Banner Thunderbird Medical Center