Longitudinal Ambulatory Clinical Experience – Behavioral Sciences and Mental Health Pathway (LACE-MHP): A Novel Clinical Experience Ali Asghar-Ali, MD and Christopher Martin, MD Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Menninger Department of Psychiatry, Baylor College of Medicine
“In participating in this LACE experience, I was reminded of what I have felt for a long time – that children are very powerful people. That …is the very reason why I went into teaching middle school and why I have been interested in child psych as a medical specialty.”
The LACE-MHP is a third year medical student course that promotes physician competency in managing the psychiatric, social, spiritual, and cultural needs of patients.
The LACE-MHP underscores the interface of psychiatry with culture and the role of psychosocial interventions.
“My patient, who I’ll call Mr. L, came in very angry about his life and his pain… I took the time to discuss many life issues with him… I realize that his journey through addressing his mental health issues will be a long one. I feel honored to have helped him embark along that path. Just taking the time to sit and listen to him – non-judgmentally – certainly meant a lot to both of us. Yes, I will remember to always listen to my patients.”