Our Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship program combines a comprehensive didactic curriculum with an extensive and varied array of forensic experiences.

Training
Overview

Didactic work includes the year-long lecture series which covers all aspects of forensic psychiatry. In addition, fellows will participate in seminars on legal philosophy, landmark cases, psychiatric and forensic ethics, journal club, forensic training of general residents and case reviews.

There is also a monthly preceptorship in private and civil forensic expert work.

Forensic experiences include supervised site placements at Bronx Psychiatric Center, Westchester Jewish Community Services, Bronx Criminal Court Service. North Central Bronx Hospital Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program, NYC Correctional Health Services/Rikers Island and Sing Sing Correctional Facility where the fellow becomes proficient in all areas of Forensic Psychiatry.

The experiential component of the fellowship includes supervised site placements at Bronx Psychiatric Center, Westchester Jewish Community Services, Bronx Criminal Court Service. North Central Bronx Hospital Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program, NYC Correctional Health Services/Rikers Island and Sing Sing Correctional Facility where the fellow gains experience in the following areas:

All of the above provide ample opportunity for courtroom testimony.


Research Opportunities

Research activity is expected, either through participation in ongoing division work or through the development of an independent project, with the anticipated goal of a year-end presentation of the individual work.

Fellows are encouraged to submit abstracts for annual meeting presentations as well. Topics of research have ranged from legal research into liability issues, emergency room care, to comparison study of sexual offenders, risk assessment in mentally ill offenders and ethical decision-making in capacity to agree to elective surgery in psychiatric patients.

Library Resources

Library resources include the east and west campus Einstein libraries, as well as remote access to their periodicals, books and search engines. In addition, fellows have access the law library at Pace University School of Law.

Forensic journals are available at the Einstein libraries, at Bronx Psychiatric Center and North Central Bronx Hospital.

Supervision

All fellows receive at least 1½ hours of formal supervision from the program director on a weekly basis, in addition to weekly supervision by each individual site director at their assigned rotations. Informal and even after-hour supervision is available as needed, as well.