Fellowships

The Department of Psychiatry of the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System is proud to offer several post-residency fellowships.

Education is an important focus of our department and we offer a wide variety of experiences to further education of future practitioners.

We offer post-residency fellowship positions in:
  • Child Psychiatry
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Addiction Psychiatry 

Previously we offered fully accredited fellowships in Forensic Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry. These fellowships are currently being reorganized and will be available soon.

Child Psychiatry

Training Director: Ross Yaple, M.D.

The Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a two-year program, fully accredited by the ACGME. We offer physicians an educational experience that is carefully supervised by our faculty in a variety of busy clinical settings. The patient population is diverse socioculturally and treatment services are tailored to individual needs. Coursework emphasizes a developmental neuroscience and neuropsychiatry approach; and supervision requires evaluating a case from multiple perspectives and choosing a treatment that is most likely to keep a child in the community, preserve family integrity and support parents in their struggles to be good parents. There is a strong eclectic didactic curriculum, spanning 11 months of the year. There is strong emphasis on individual supervision. The development of consultation skills for complex clinical and administrative problems is a priority in the training. Knowledge of and the ability to critically review the scientific literature in the field is an essential component of our training experience as is the development of teaching and presentation skills. Training is eclectic with appropriate emphasis on short term and long term treatment models, cognitive behavioral as well as psychodynamic approaches in understanding and treating children. The fellowship is supervised by eight full time faculty which makes it one of the largest divisions of Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in the country.

Fellows will work intensively with short-term, intermediate-care and day-treatment patients. The fellowship offers training in subspecialty clinics, such as ADHD/Developmental Disabilities and Mood Disorders. It also offers training in juvenile forensics, pediatric consultation/liaison and community psychiatry. There are opportunities to work with the deaf and hearing impaired.

The program accepts two fellows per year. Eligible candidates for the fellowship are residents who will have completed their PGY 3 year in General Psychiatry by the anticipated date of joining. The first year involves training in the assessment and management of children and adolescents in acute and intermediate stay settings. The second year involves outpatient experiences in community mental health centers and the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, consultation liaison with pediatrics and forensic training.

Psychosomatic Medicine

Training Director: James Levenson, M.D.

Why Consider Fellowship Training in Psychosomatic Medicine?

The Virginia Commonwealth University Health System training program in Psychosomatic Medicine has been in existence for 30 years and is one of the first fellowship programs accredited by the ACGME and approved by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. For over 25 years this program has been under the directorship of James L. Levenson, M.D., an internationally acclaimed leader in the field of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Levenson is the editor of the American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychosomatic Medicine, (2005, 2011). Dr. Levenson has also been recognized with VCU's highest teaching award and its Distinguished Clinician Award. Other members of the Consultation/Liaison Division have also been recognized with awards for teaching and supervision and have made many contributions to the literature, particularly at the interfaces with Organ Transplantation and Neurology.

This exciting one-year fellowship offers advanced training in Psychosomatic Medicine and Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry in a 750-bed university hospital to psychiatrists who have completed residency. Fellows choose from numerous clinical and research opportunities in transplantation, primary care, traumatic brain injury, pain management, oncology, infertility, HIV and more. Individual weekly supervision is provided for psychotherapy, liaison activity, teaching and research. Fellows have the opportunity to choose both liaison involvements and teaching medical students and psychiatry residents.

Our fellowship also offers a position at our sister training facility, the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a 500 bed flagship facility which offers diverse opportunities, including one of only six PolyTrauma Units nationwide, as well as Primary Care-Psychiatry collaborative care, a regional Spinal Cord Injury program, organ transplantation, pain clinic, and palliative care. The site director for the fellowship is Sultana Salam, M.D., who serves as the Chief of the Consultation/Liaison Service.

Both fellowship positions meet the requirements for board certification in Psychosomatic Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

 

Instructions for Applicants:

Fellowship eligibility requirements include completion of an accredited residency in Psychiatry, passing all steps of USMLE and the ability to obtain a Virginia medical license.

We use the common application form available online at http://www.apm.org/career/common-app-pm-fellowship.shtml.

It should be submitted along with a C.V. and three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your residency training director, to Dr. Levenson at the address below.

We follow the fellowship selection policy of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Other helpful information for applicants can be found at http://www.apm.org/career/pm-fship-candidate-info_2008.pdf.

James L. Levenson, M.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and Surgery
Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Chair, Division of Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry

VCUHS
P.O. Box 980268
Richmond, VA 23298-0268
Phone: (804) 828-0762
Fax: (804) 828-7675
E-mail: jllevens@vcu.edu