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 Medicine

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

Psychosomatic Medicine

Addiction Medicine


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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS:

Fellowship eligibility requirements include completion of PGY-3 year of Psychiatry residency, passing all steps of USMLE and the ability to obtain a Virginia medical license.

We participate in the match and use ERAS PDWS for all applications: https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/eras/fellowship_applicants/
Application requirements include a C.V., personal statement, list of publications, medical school transcript and MSPE, USMLE scores, ECFMG certificate (if applicable) and three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your residency training director.

Ross A. Yaple, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Program Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Phone: (804) 828-3130
Fax: (804) 827-3731
E-mail: ross.yaple@vcuhealth.org


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 rotates 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 Alexandru Trutia, 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.

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: james.levenson@vcuhealth.org


Training Director: Mishka Terplan, M.D., MPH, FACOG, FASAM

The Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a one year, with optional second year fellowship. The second year a research-based fellowship. 

 

Fellows will have four 3-month rotations for the first year, which will include: 

1) McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center  

2) VCU Medical Center- Substance Abuse Consult Service

3) Virginia Health  Practitioner Monitoring Program

4)VCU Institute for Drug and Alcohol Studies

 

Below is a brief description of the 3-month rotation at the McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center:

Hunter Holmes McGuire Richmond VA Medical Center Outpatient Rotation:  The fellow will gain experience in the Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Program  where clients receive 9 hours per week of treatment and the outpatient Opioid (Methadone and Suboxone) Treatment Clinics.  The fellow will follow patients long term with opioid addiction as well as patients with other substance abuse disorders.  The fellow will conduct new intake evaluations, and provide treatment to include medication management and various modalities of therapy, individual, group and family therapies. 

Hunter Holmes McGuire Richmond VA Medical Center Inpatient Rotation:  The fellow will gain experience and learn the residential treatment model that includes evidenced based residential based therapies in the 60 day (inpatient) residential substance abuse treatment program.

 

In addition, Fellows will receive hands on training in clinical addictions research. They may also apply for funding for pilot studies in which they can serve as
principal investigator for research projects. Specific aspects of clinical research that fellows will participate in are described below"

1) a new research dedicated 3T Philips Ingenia MRI scanner that has been purchased by the VCU School of Medicine that will be housed in this facility. This MRI scanner will be used for ongoing and future projects to study the neurobiology of addictions. All fellows will receive training on the use of various types of brain imaging in clinical care and research on addictions. For those fellows who are interested in brain imaging research, they will have an opportunity to assist in imaging research projects in patients with addictions, and can apply for funding for pilot projects using brain imaging.

2) the Human Psychopharmacology Behavioral Laboratory Clinic is a facility where human research subjects with addictions can undergo extensive behavioral testing on key aspects of behavior associated with addictions, including impulsivity, decision making, and cue reactivity. The facility houses six individual sound attenuated testing chambers for human behavioral laboratory testing. All fellows will
receive training on the role of impulsivity, cue reactivity and impaired decision making in initiation and maintenance of addictions. In addition, fellows will receive training on
tools to measure these behavioral problems, and potential treatments that can reduce them. For interested fellows, they can also initiate pilot studies on the role of impulsivity and impaired decision-making in addictions.

3) the Outpatient Clinic for Clinical Trials in Addictions houses a research clinic where placebo controlled clinical trials in addictions take place. Fellows will receive training on screening of research subjects using structured clinical interviews, such as the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID). They will also receive training on the use of the Addiction Severity Index (ASI), and physical assessment of patients with addictions including EKGs and urine drug screens. All of the clinical trials carried out in the facility also include manual driven cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). All fellows will also receive training on the use of CBT in addictions and will participate in CBT sessions with patients with addictions. In addition, many of the studies also use contingency management (CM) to enhance clinic attendance. All fellows will receive training on the use of CM in addictions. In addition to the VCU IDAS research facility, fellows will also have access to addictions research carried out at the Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR). Researchers from across the university, including the life, physical, computer and social sciences, as well as engineering and economics, are supported by the CCTR. The center serves as an academic bridge from home departments for researchers and offers networking, training, services and access to cores. At the same time, the center builds and nurtures mutually beneficial partnerships with community practitioners, community organizations and patients to enhance the adoption of evidence-based best practices in general clinical practice, delivering improved medical care to the region and advancing discoveries that save the lives of patients around the world. Fellows will receive training in good clinical practices through the CCTR.

Fellows will gain experience in presenting IRB submissions for research studies, data analysis, along with preparing and presenting abstract submissions to local, national and international journals. All fellows will receive training on the role of impulsivity, cue reactivity and impaired decision making in initiation and maintenance of addictions. In addition, fellows will receive training on tools to measure these behavioral problems, and potential treatments that can reduce them. For interested fellows, they can also initiate pilot studies on the role of impulsivity and impaired decision-making in Addiction Medicine Program Accreditation Application Form (2013-14 Accreditation Cycle 58 addictions.

 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICANTS:

 

Application requirements include a C.V., personal statement, list of publications, medical school transcript and MSPE, USMLE scores, ECFMG certificate (if applicable) and three letters of recommendation, one of which should be from your residency training director.

Mishka Terplan, MD MPH FACOG FASAM
Professor Departments Obstetrics & Gynecology and Psychiatry
Associate Director Addiction Medicine

Phone: 804-828-9915
Fax: 804-828-9906
E-mail: Mishka.Terplan@vcuhealth.org

Our Fellows

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Child Psychiatry - 1st Year

Dana Soper

Residency Location: VCU
Medical School: University of Maryland
Undergraduate School: Penn State University
Career Interests: C/L and forensic psychiatry
Some things I like about Richmond: Richmond is a great inexpensive city.
It is very family friendly. Richmond's proximity to DC and the beach make it a perfect location.

Shrina Desai

Residency Location: VCU Medical Center
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean
Undergraduate School: Ohio State University
Career Interest: Child and adolescent psychiatry
Some things I like about Richmond: Family-friendly, good food and restaurant selections, lots of culture, close proximity to beach and DC



Aslihan Sogutlu

Residency Location: Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, Queens, NY
Medical School: Eskisehir Osmangazi University
Career Interest: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry research
Some things I like about Richmond: VCU, greenery and so many family friendly activities



Daina Ngugi

Residency Location: VCU
Medical School: A.T. Still University - School of Osteopathic Medicine, Arizona
Undergraduate School: Kennesaw State University, GA
Career Interest: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Refugee and Global Mental Health, Trauma Informed Care, Mental Health Integration and Collaborative Care 
Some things I like about Richmond: Ease of access to various activities, mild weather, limited traffic.
 

Anisha Garg

Residency Location: Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia
Medical School: American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine 
Undergraduate School: University of Washington, Seattle
Career Interest: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Neurodevelopmental
Some things I like about Richmond: I'm a big foodie so I really enjoy all the restaurants and breweries that Richmond has to offer. Great variety for every cuisine choice.



Divyasri Gongireddy

Residency Location: VCU
Medical School: St. George's University
Undergraduate School: The College of William and Mary
Career Interest: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Some things I like about Richmond: Food and breweries especially! My favorite places to eat or grab a drink in Richmond include Edo's Squid, Julep's, L'Opossum, The Daily, Saison and Hardywood Brewery. We also have an annual tubing trip down the James River in the summer, which is really fun. I also love to shop, so I really enjoy some of little independent boutiques here (such as The Pink Palm and Monkees of Richmond). 



Zehra Erdeve Temiz

Residency Location: VCU
Medical School: Ataturk University School of Medicine - Turkey
Career Interest: Outpatient child psychiatry
Some things I like about Richmond: it’s quiet/safe area that you can raise your kids and family