Program
Description

The Psychosomatic Medicine Service at Montefiore has a long and proud tradition of educating leaders in the field. Our well-respected program with a tradition of excellence offers four full-time, one year fellowship positions, July 1 through June 30. One of these positions is a Child-Adolescent Psychosomatic Medicine track.

We have worked to develop a program that offers a broad training experience in a number of specialty areas while keeping a strong base in consultation to the hospital as a whole. This fellowship offers unique opportunities to gain expertise in Psychosomatic Medicine and learn evaluation and management of psychiatric aspects of medical illness while providing liaison and consultation to the medical/surgical services in two large university hospitals. Efforts are made to accommodate fellows’ special interests.

Our fellows are exposed to a variety of patients and clinical settings and have the opportunity to work directly with attendings certified in Psychosomatic Medicine, Addiction Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Pain Medicine. In addition, they have the option to pursue formal training in Bioethics. This broad experience opens up options to a wide range of career choices after training.

The primary training site for fellows is the Psychosomatic Medicine Service at Montefiore Medical Center, which is also an active training site for psychiatry residents, medical students and neurology residents. Fellows work closely with four dedicated full-time attendings. Opportunities for teaching and clinical research are widely available and the collegial atmosphere of the service allows for mentoring.

The Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship also provides experiences in specialized outpatient clinics for Stem Cell Transplant, High Risk Pregnancy and Solid Organ Transplant. For interested fellows, advanced training in Bioethics via a year-long off-campus interdisciplinary Bioethics seminar, which provides credits towards a Master’s Degree in Bioethics.

Although our primary goal is the training of the leaders of the future in adult Psychosomatic Medicine, we do offer the option of pursuing excellence in working with medically ill children and adolescents. Fellows who have completed Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training may choose a specialized track, spending 6 to 9 months focused on the care of medically ill children and adolescents in both in-patient and out-patient settings in the Children's Hospital at Montefiore, chosen one of the nation's best childrens' hospitals by US News and World Report. Supervisors include Audrey Walker, M.D. who is certified in Psychosomatic Medicine as well as Child Psychiatry.