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Curriculum - Psychosomatic Medicine at MedStar Georgetown


Clinical rotations

  • Inpatient Consultation Service at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Consultation Service at NIH
  • Outpatient Psychosomatic Medicine Clinics at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
    • Medical Illness Program
    • Transplant Psychiatry
    • Psycho-oncology

Supervision

  • Inpatient Consultation Rounds
  • Individual inpatient consultation supervision (weekly)
  • Didactic Seminar (weekly)
  • Administrative supervision and evaluation (monthly)
  • Research supervision (bi-weekly)

Didactic seminar topics

Seminars are taught by MedStar Georgetown faculty with expertise in each topic area. Readings are from the core text and supplemented by additional references.

  • Overview and History of Psychosomatic Medicine/Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
  • Anxiety in the Medically
  • Chemical Dependence in the Medical Setting
  • Child/Adolescent
  • Cultural Issues
  • Delirium
  • Dementia
  • Depression in the Medically
  • Eating Disorders
  • Ethics
  • Factitious Disorders and Malingering
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Heart Disease
  • HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease
  • Legal
  • Lung Disease
  • Neurology/Neuropsychiatry
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Oncology
  • Organ Transplantation
  • Pain
  • Palliative Care
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Psychopharmacology in the Medically
  • Psychosomatic Medicine Research Methods
  • Psychotherapy for the Medically
  • Renal Disease
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Somatization and Somatoform Disorders

Core Text: Levenson JL (Ed.): Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing, 2010


Scholarly activity

Each fellow is required to complete a scholarly project during the course of the fellowship year. This project may include contributing to the active research of department faculty, conducting one's own research project, reviewing literature, or reporting on a case series. The fellow will be expected to present the topic formally as a poster presentation at the conclusion of the fellowship year. Faculty mentorship will be provided for all projects, and the program director must approve all projects.

In some cases, it is expected that projects will lead to publication or presentation at a regional or national meeting. Recent topics include Psychogenic Movement Disorders, Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome, Integrating Family Therapy Teaching into Psychosomatic Medicine Training, and Psychiatric Aspects of the Antiphospholipid Syndrome.

In addition to the scholarly project, each fellow will also present a case or case series for the departmental Case Conference series. These projects are developed under close supervision of selected Psychosomatic Medicine faculty.