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.
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
P.O. Box 980268
Richmond, VA 23298-0268
Phone: (804) 828-0762
Fax: (804) 828-7675