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Public Service Psychiatry

The Public Service Psychiatry Fellowship program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic is a one-year residency position (PGY5) that offers a unique training experience in an environment that is rich in clinical, research and teaching opportunities. The Fellowship’s integrated approach incorporates exposure to consumers and providers from all elements of Pennsylvania’s mental health systems, and cultivates relationships and resources that will help retain Fellows as future leaders and practitioners of public psychiatry. Candidates must have completed or be about to complete an ACGME approved residency in psychiatry and have passed USMLE STEP 3.

The Fellowship in Public Service Psychiatry emphasizes:

  • A balance of required and elective experiences in clinical and administrative settings
  • A comprehensive didactic curriculum based in participatory and problem based learning
  • Mentoring in and involvement with community engaged scholarship processes through the development of a scholarly project of the fellow’s choice related to clinical and administrative activities
  • Experience in both rural and urban clinical settings
  • Exposure to diverse populations with behavioral health disorders, particularly those which have been traditionally underserved
  • Experience and training in collaborating with recovery-oriented consumer organizations
  • Mentorship from local, regional and national leaders in public psychiatry
  • Participation in local, regional, and national organizations dedicated to recovery and the transformation of the mental health system.
  • Education emphasizing recovery principles, cultural diversity, trauma, and public health principles

Application for Psychiatric Postgraduate Education

Full Fellowship Description

Curriculum Content

Each week the CPSP fellow participates in a 4-hour seminar program.  The seminar meets on Thursday mornings from 9 am - 1pm.  The Fellow collaborates with CPSP faculty in leading the discussions each week.  Three topics are covered each week.

Curriculum Schedule 2016-2017


Contact Information

Wesley E. Sowers, MDWesley E. Sowers, M.D.
Director, Center for Public Service Psychiatry
Program Director of Public Service Psychiatry Fellowship

Telephone: 412 624 2187




Robert Marin, MDRobert Marin, M.D.
Associate Director, Center for Public Service Psychiatry
Associate Director of Public Service Psychiatry Fellowship

Telephone: 412 624 2187