This fellowship is designed to provide comprehensive training in psychosomatic medicine (consultation-liaison psychiatry).
Fellows will have an extremely wide range of experiences in psychosomatic medicine (PM), since the fellowship includes training in diverse cutting-edge academic and research centers.
Each fellow will have a six-month inpatient Psychosomatic Medicine rotation at the National Institute of Mental Health and a six month inpatient Psychosomatic Medicine rotation at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center. The Fellow will spend one day per week at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital participating in outpatient psychosomatic medicine activities and core didactics.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center is the nation's leading research hospital. Fellows will receive clinical training on the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Psychiatry Consultation-Liaison Service. Consultations are provided to NIH Clinical Center research subjects participating in a wide variety of clinical protocols (e.g., diagnostic and therapeutic genetics research, bone marrow and solid tissue transplantation, immunotherapy research protocols, and research on HIV/AIDS). Additionally, the NIMH provides in-depth training in research bioethics, including a lecture series in psychiatric research bioethics, seminars conducted by the Department of Clinical Bioethics, and participation in the Clinical Center Ethics Committee and Bioethics Consultation Service.
Opportunities exist for research projects related to delirium, pediatric psychosomatic medicine, decision-making capacity in the research setting, and other questions at the interface of medicine, psychiatry and ethics. Fellows will train under the direction of Drs. Maryland Pao, Joyce Chung and Erica Richards.
MedStar Washington is a tertiary-care academic affiliate of MedStar Georgetown located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Here fellows will have experience with a wide variety of inpatient cases, including cardiac, transplant, and oncology populations. Fellows will train under the direction of Drs. Karen Johnson, Ed Wicht, and Nyota Pieh.
At MedStar Georgetown, fellows will rotate through outpatient PM settings, including the Medical Illness Program (our outpatient consultation-liaison clinic), Psycho-oncology, and Transplant Clinics. Fellows will also have weekly core didactics and attend departmental Grand Rounds. MedStar Georgetown faculty include Drs. Steven Epstein, Pauline Tsai and Ted Liao.
Upon completion of the fellowship, fellows will be well prepared for the Psychosomatic Medicine board examination and a full range of academic and clinical careers in psychosomatic medicine.