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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.

Drs. Peggy Rodriguez and Travis Campbell: peggy.rodriguez2@va.gov. travis.campbell@va.gov  .  To find the inpatient psychiatry floor- got to 2nd floor of Building 3.  The ward should help you get back to the nurses station or the MD work station (1,2 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 
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

  **Dr. Rushing will be on maternity leave from 11/29/2022-2/28/2023 at a minimum.  Please contact Dr. Schmidt instead if you are on the rotation during this time.



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


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 Inpatient psychiatry and bridge to outpatient- VA

Inpt-Drs. Rodriguez and Campbell.  Outpatient pharmacist-Dr. Larsen

8 am 

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

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

 Outpt Psych Clinic w/Dr. Valone at VA 


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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