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Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency program. At the time the fellows begin the program, they must have a Massachusetts medical license.
The Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital is a one-year, full-time ACGME-accredited training program based at Mass General housed within the Law and Psychiatry Service (LPS).
The fellowship is designed to develop proficiency in all aspects of forensic psychiatric practice:
Fellows participate in supervised clinical experiences in three principal off-site facilities which provide for a diverse experience and exposure to criminal, civil and child/adolescent cases. All remaining time will be spent at LPS in academic activities, didactics, supervision and forensic casework. Additionally, fellows provide episodic consultation to the psychiatric inpatient service at Mass General and help teach and supervise house-staff when called for forensic consultation at Mass General.
Evaluation, research, writing and teaching skills are emphasized throughout the fellowship. Fellows participate in a year-long seminar series which provides a comprehensive overview of adult and child forensic topics, as well as landmark cases in psychiatry and the law. Fellows are invited to attend special courses offered to staff and trainees in the LPS and the Department of Psychiatry, including courses on forensic psychological testing and the evaluation of sexual abuse. Fellows attend weekly Grand Rounds presentations. In addition to court exposure through cases in the fellowship, fellows participate in two mock trial/expert witness exercises, one at the Harvard Law School and the other at the Boston Juvenile Court.
During the fellowship year, fellows are also expected to make a scholarly contribution by participating in a forensic research project or undertaking a review of legal and/or psychiatric literature.
Fellow have no admitting privileges, and there are no required nights, weekend or holiday on-call times. There is no expectation to provide cross coverage for any private patients. Fellows sign a written employment contract with Partners HealthCare System and must abide by the policies governing all Partners HealthCare System house staff.
The program provides malpractice and health insurance coverage for the fellow and three weeks paid vacation. In addition, the program pays for American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (AAPL) membership, travel, lodging and tuition for the AAPL annual meeting, as well as the AAPL review course. Fellows are eligible for subsidized parking or subsidized public transportation and the use of Harvard facilities.
Throughout the twelve months of the fellowship, fellows gain experience in correctional psychiatry, providing psychiatric consultation and ongoing care to inmates at the Suffolk County House of Correction (SCHOC) one day per week with supervision by Jose Hidalgo, MD.
The remainder of the fellowship is divided into two six-month blocks:
All additional time will be spent at Mass General in the Law & Psychiatry Service (LPS) attending lectures, participating in forensic evaluations for threat assessments, guardianship and various criminal and civil forensic matters. Fellows have the opportunity to write reports for these evaluations under the supervision of LPS senior staff and will participate in regular supervision with the fellowship director Ronald Schouten, MD, JD.
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Application due date: April 15th of the year prior to entry Interviews will occur in June with no formal binding response required prior to November 1st
Applications should be sent to:
Patricia L. KneelandForensic Psychiatry Fellowship CoordinatorLaw & Psychiatry ServiceMassachusetts General Hospital55 Fruit Street, Bulfinch 360Boston, MA 02114
Ronald Schouten, MD, JDDirector, Law & Psychiatry ServiceMassachusetts General Hospital One Bowdoin Square15 New Chardon Street, 10th FloorBoston, MA 02114
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