The New York Medical College Department of Psychiatry offers two full-time one year fellowships from July 1 to June 30, though off cycle candidates will also be considered. This is an ACGME accredited Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship—now in its 11th year. Based at Westchester Medical Center, a 635-bed facility and Level 1 Trauma Center for the NY/NJ/Connecticut tri-state area, the fellowship offers a rich and highly diverse clinical experience.
Under supervision, Fellows provide consultation for patients in the ER and all the medical-surgical wards—including the ICU, oncology, high risk OB/GYN, burn, transplant, and trauma units. They also participate actively in multi-disciplinary team rounds and family meetings. The goal of the fellowship is to prepare future psychosomatic medicine physicians for academic careers and for working with highly challenging patient populations. The fellows gain skill in caring for complex patients who have multiple medical, social, and psychiatric problems, at times complicated by substance abuse, severe trauma, or loss.
Fellows work closely with the faculty, attending psychiatrists who are all board-certified in psychosomatic medicine. The faculty supervises the fellows, who in turn supervise psychiatry residents, neurology residents and medical students. In addition to their clinical training, fellows receive a broad didactic experience as well, including lectures, weekly journal club, rounds, Grand Rounds, and case conferences. There are also opportunities for research.
The Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship at Westchester Medical Center offers the best of all worlds – an experienced and supportive faculty within a tertiary care hospital which offers an expansive breadth of available clinical experiences thus allowing the fellow to tailor the educational experience to his/her interests. There is no call and no weekend coverage.