During their 6-week psychiatry clerkship, students rotate through the clinic for two sessions on consecutive weeks. The sessions are 2 to 3 hours long. In the training, the students review medical records, observe patients during clinical appointments, take part in discussions of patients' treatments, and write mental status examinations (MSE) based on their observations. At the end of each session, they discuss their MSEs and impressions with the attending child psychiatrist. The study compared the first and final day MSEs for appropriate descriptions. Also, students' attitudes to this population were surveyed before and after the training in a questionnaire developed for this study. This study was approved by the IRB, and participants provided informed consent. Participants were third-year medical students scheduled to participate in telepsychiatry. The MSE was utilized as a structure for teaching students by directing and prompting their observations and for understanding of those patients who had language, cognitive, or other limitations. The discussion with medical students focused on describing patients in a humanistic, person-centered manner. Residents rotating in this clinic were previously noted to overuse psychiatric jargon to describe patients, such as "paucity of speech" to describe a child with autism who had limited communication skills. Also, residents noted characteristics and symptoms that were absent in a patient (e.g., no speech, no insight, no paranoia), rather than describing what was present (e.g., happy; interacts with parents, uses some sign language).