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Massachusetts General Hospital Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship has been training fellows for over five decades. The fellowship, steeped in institutional and programmatic tradition, strives to maintain its foundational educational values while advancing—and advancing with—the field of psychosomatic medicine. With its strong roots, diverse training experiences and investment in the intellectual and personal development of each fellow, the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship provides thoughtful and hard-working advanced trainees with the tools needed for a successful career in this rewarding and challenging subspecialty.

Elements of the Fellowship

Our fellowship focuses on:

  • Inpatient consultation
  • Advanced neuropsychiatric training
  • Professional development of trainees’ identities as physicians and medical specialists/experts
  • Onsite outpatient experiences, including:
    • A neuropsychiatry clinic (within which is embedded an expanding program for the treatment of functional movement disorders)
    • A specialty clinic elective (co-localized in either the HIV/Hepatitis C or oncology clinic)
    • A primary care psychiatry experience using a collaborative care model

As a fellow, you will have two hours of individual supervision with fellowship director Nicholas Kontos, MD and director emeritus Gregory Fricchione, MD weekly, as well as weekly group walk rounds, daily rounds and a thrice weekly “running of the list” with members of the fellowship staff and several other faculty members.

Two didactic hours per week are set aside strictly for fellows, with a year-long focus on neuropsychiatry. In addition, there are special modules on psychodynamic theory and application, leadership and a broad array of core topics in psychosomatic medicine.

As with all the rest of our curriculum, these lectures pull from a deep bench of talented faculty from our division, department and interdepartmental staff. A monthly seminar on “Professionalism, Physicianhood and Psychiatric Practice,” led by Dr. Kontos and Oliver Freudenreichm, MD, further expresses our commitment to the development of your professional identity and ethical rigor.

Curriculum

We offer fellows a variety of educational opportunities throughout the year. Program-specific didactic experiences comprise over 10 hours each week, including:

  • Psychosomatics Conference
  • Neuroscience Seminar
  • Psychosomatic Medicine Seminar
  • Morbidity & Mortality Conference
  • Bedside rounding
  • Access to numerous departmental conferences and rounds
Sample Didactic Topics
  • Agitation
  • Alcohol use disorders and withdrawal
  • Antidepressants
  • Capacity
  • Cardiac psychiatry
  • Catatonia and related syndromes
  • Cerebellum
  • Conversion disorder
  • Deception syndromes
  • Developmental disorders   
  • Electroconvulsive therapy
  • EEG
  • Emergency psychiatry
  • End of life care
  • Epilepsy
  • Geriatric psychiatry
  • Healthcare economics
  • Hepatitis C
  • History and principles of psychosomatic medicine
  • HIV psychiatry
  • ICU care
  • Ketamine
  • Leadership and transition to attendinghood
  • Mind-body medicine and spirituality and medicine
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neuromodulation
  • Neuropsychiatry and neuropsychology
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Oncology
  • Personality pathology
  • Primary care
  • Psychodynamic psychiatry for the consultation psychiatrist
  • Psychopharmacology in the medically ill
  • Quality improvement
  • Rehabilitation psychiatry
  • Renal
  • Research
  • Schizophrenia in the general hospital and secondary psychoses
  • Sleep medicine
  • Stress
  • Transplant psychiatry
  • Women’s health, including pregnancy and addiction

 


Fellowship alumni

Since the launch of the fellowship, we have trained over 100 fellows in consultation-liason psychiatry. Our alumni practice in a variety of programs across the country.

See alumni

Class of 2016-2017

Caitlin Adams, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Blake 11 Inpatient Unit, Avery D. Weisman Psychiatry Consultation Service, Mass General
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Deanna Chaukos, MD
Staff Psychiatrist, Geriatric and Adult Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Hospital
Wellness Lead, University of Toronto Psychiatry Residency Program
Assistant Professor, University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Rubiahna Vaughn, MD
Director of External Relations; Attending, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service, Tisch Hospital
Clinical Assistant Professor, New York University School of Medicine

Class of 2015-2016

Marta Herschkopf, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Consultation-Liaison Service, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Fellow, Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Charlotte Hogan, MD
Associate Training Director, Mass General/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency
Attending Psychiatrist, Acute Psychiatry Service, Perinatal and Reproductive Psychiatry
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Mladen Nisavic, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Addiction Consult Service
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Class of 2014-2015

Sean Glass, MD
Attending Psychiatrist, Collaborative Care, Urgent Care Clinic, Psycho-oncology Clinic
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Kenneth Novoa, MD
Staff Psychiatrist, Psychosomatic Medicine, Cambridge Health Alliance
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Ketty Thertus, MD
Consultation Psychiatry Service, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Class of 2013-2014

Avi Gerstenblith, MD
Co-director, Psychiatry Clerkship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Instructor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Amanda Green, MD
Staff Psychiatrist, Veterans Administration, Austin TX

Sean Heffernan, MD
Psychiatrist and Owner, Sean P. Heffernan, MD, LLC (private practice), Annapolis MD
Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

John Taylor, MD, MBA
Associate Director, Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
Assistant Director, Mass General/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency
Attending Psychiatrist, Acute Psychiatry Service, Avery D. Weisman Psychiatry Consultation Service
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Class of 2012-2013

Xavier Jimenez, MD
Medical Director, Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program, Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Nadia Quijije, MD
Director of the Burns/Trauma Psychiatry Consultation Service
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Justin Smith, MD
Director, Psychiatric Consultation Service, University of Virginia Health System
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Virginia

Class of 2011-2012

Christopher Celano, MD
Associate Director, Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program, Mass General
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Ana Ivkovic, MD
Director, Transplant Psychiatry
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

James Rustad, MD
Consultation Psychiatrist, White River Junction VA Medical Center and Burlington Lakeside Community Based Outpatient Clinic, Burlington VT
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Class of 2010-2011

Scott Beach, MD
Training Director, Mass General/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency
Attending Psychiatrist, Avery D. Weisman Psychiatry Consultation Service, Mass General
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Anne Gross, MD
Director, Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship, Oregon Health & Science University
Medical Director, Unity Psychiatric Emergency Services, Portland OR

Kimberly Hartney, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, University of South Florida

Class of 2009-2010

Patrick Aquino, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center; Medical Director, Ambulatory and Integrated Services, Lahey Behavioral Health Services
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine

Pierre Azzam, MD
Director, Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
Associate Director, Residency Training Program, University of Pittsburgh Psychiatry Residency

Jennifer Brown, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge MA
Instructor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

How to apply

Applicants must be slated to graduate from an ACGME certified program in adult psychiatry. USMLE Steps I-III must be completed/passed. A full Massachusetts medical license, Massachusetts Controlled Substance Registration and Federal DEA Registration will be expected to be attained by matched applicants in advance of arrival at Mass General. Applicants with J1 visas will be considered.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit the following:

  • A brief letter of interest
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference (these should be sent by their writers, one of whom must be your training director or department chair)

Send all materials to:

Nicholas Kontos, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
55 Fruit Street – Warren 610
Boston, MA 02114

Application deadline: November 1st (all materials must be submitted by this date)