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Behavioral Medicine VA Rotation

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Rotation name: Behavioral Medicine VA (Beh Med-VA)


Year: R1


Contact Information Coordinator: 


Daniel Williams, PhD.   DanWillliams@ salud.unm.edu 601-665-3815


Preceptor and contact information for this rotation: please contact all preceptors prior to beginning the rotation to confirm the schedule.

Dr. Tiffany Pendleton: tiffany.pendleton4@va.gov  Report to the ASC (Ambulatory Surgical Clinic) on the 3rd floor of the main hospital or building 41 at 8am. There is a doorbell outside the area that they can ring and our staff can let them in or they can call ext 2550 (after calling main VA #-505-265-1711). Cell # is (302)530-6912 and pager # is (505)251-0340 (ECT sessions on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Mondays of the rotation).

Dr. Cole Larsen:  Jeffrey.Larsen@va.gov  Email Dr. Larsen on the first day of your rotation.  You will work with him on the 3rd Monday of the rotation in the morning. find Dr. Larsen- he will meet you at the entrance of the 1st-floor primary care clinic around 8:15.  Call him at 228.254.0820 if you run into any issues.  
Dr. Amanda Valone:  Amanda.Valone@va.gov - Building 1  
Dr. Rodrigo Escalona patricio.escalona@va.gov  Dr Cristina Martinez: Cristina.Martinez@va.gov
Drs. Zachary Schmidt and Jillian Rushing of the Pain ClinicJillian.rushing@va.gov,  Zachary.Schmidt2@va.gov



Cheryl Reiss, RN, BSN, MBA: Informatics nurse/point of contact for computer codes: 505-265-1711 ext 2332. building 41, room 5c-118A. cheryl.reese@va.gov,  


VERY IMPORTANT: you must have your codes renewed BEFORE starting this rotation, contact Cheryl Reiss at least two months prior to your rotation


Location(s): VA 


Pre-requisites: none


Map of VA campus: VA Map - Parking.pdf


Description of rotation:


Current schedule

1. Your continuity clinics are on Thurs AM/PM. 

2. Resident School on Wed PM

3. For the rest of the times on Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday AMs and Fridays:












8 am Outpatient Neuromodulation -Dr. Pendleton (ECT on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th weeks). 


Outpatient pharmacist-Dr. Larsen (3rd week)

8 am 

Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Pain Team Clinic (Drs. Schmidt & Rushing) Go to Bldg 1, second floor. 

8 am

Residential Detox (Drs. Escalona & Martinez) Go to Bldg 3/Domicile. At nursing station ask to page Dr. Gaudiot or Martinez


Continuity Clinic

8 am Residential Detox (Drs. Escalona & Martinez)




1 pm

Outpatient Psych

Clinic (Dr. Valone)


Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Pain Team Clinic (Drs. Schmidt & Rushing) 

Resident School

Continuity Clinic

1 pm 

Residential Detox (Drs. Escalona & Martinez)



If you have down time: 

- Read the below articles

- Do some board review that will be relevant now and give you points for Boards requirements later: specifically the Mental Health KSA (formerly called "SAM") on the ABFM, found here: https://portfolio.theabfm.org/MCFP/Modules.aspx?tab=SAM


Articles Resource

Screening for depression: http:www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0115/p139.html

Common Questions about Pharmacologic Management of Drepression in Adults: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0715/p94.html

Treatment-Resistant Depression: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2009/0715/p167.html

Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Depression: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0901/p442.html

Bipolar Disorders, A Review: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2012/0301/p483.html

General Anxiety and Panic Disorder: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2015/0501/p617.html

Schizophrenia: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/1201/p775.html

Personality Disorders: Review and Clinical Application: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2011/1201/p1253.html

Managing Difficult Encounters: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0315/p419.html

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