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The Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network (PsychSIGN) is sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center's PsychSIGN Chapter is dedicated to connecting students with information about the specialty of psychiatry and to serving the UTHSC medical student community.


Think you might be interested in psychiatry?

Join our Email List!

Join by emailing, and/or you can reach out to Jakub Denkiewicz, UTHSC PsychSIGN President, at


Research at UT Health Science Center

Please visit PsychSIGN's curated listing of psychiatry and brain-related research here. Please check back often for new opportunities!

Scholarships and Fellowships

PsychSIGN has put together a list of fantastic scholarship and fellowship opportunities to enhance your CV or to broaden your exposure to a particular area of psychiatry. Please check back often as we will actively update this page with new opportunities! 


What does a day in the life of a psychiatrist look like? Email our faculty advisor Dr. Bastian for an outpatient psychiatry opportunity. If you are an M1 or M2, you can sign up to shadow Dr. Cowan at the Wellness and Stress Clinic in the Service section below.


  • Volunteering at the Memphis Crisis Center. Part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, Medical Students answer phone calls from persons in distress. This is great way to learn how to have out-of-the-ordinary conversations.
  • Volunteering at the 'PsychSIGN Wellness and Stress Clinic.' UT Health Science Center PsychSIGN has partnered with the Wellness and Stress Clinic to see psychiatric patients for free in our own separate space. The preceptor for the clinic is the department's chair, Dr. Cowan.

Study Tools

PsychSIGN has compiled and reviewed all the best study resources so you don't have to! Here are our thoughts and recommendations.

Clinical Tools

Benzodiazepine Conversion Calculator

Young Mania Rating Scale

Perspectives Article: Dr. Hill's Approach 

McLean Screening Instrument

Bush Francis Rating Scale


Did you know that medical students can join the American Psychiatric Association for free

The SAM Podcast has arrived!

The Student Academic Mentoring (SAM) podcast is a project hosted by UTHSC’s chapter of the Psychiatry Student Interest Group (PsychSIGN). Our aim is to provide advice and insights for budding psychiatrists.

Please contact us if you would like to contribute to this project: Justin Adam, M4 at

Listen to SAM Podcast on Spotify


Jakub Denkiewicz, M4

Jessica Kariuki, M4
Vice President of Clinical Outreach and Advocacy

Ashton Hunter, M4
Vice-President of Education and Research

Justin Adam, M4

Archie Troxel, M3

Alexis (Lexie) Wanat
M2 Class Representative

Nicholas Dikhtyar
M1 Class Representative

Kelsey Bastian, MD
Faculty Advisor, Assistant Professor
Faculty Profile


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Apr 19, 2024