Structure

Our 12-month fellowship program provides a unique assortment of clinical experiences, academic supervision, and opportunities for scholarly activity. 

 

Clinical Experiences

Fellows train in an environment rich with clinical opportunities, including the following core experiences:

Core Experiences

Site Location

Clinical Setting

Inpatient CL Psychiatry
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
UPMC Magee Women’s Hospital (optional)
Inpatient
Palliative Care Psychiatry
UPMC Presbyterian Hospital
Inpatient
Psycho-Oncology
UPMC Cancer Center
Ambulatory
Transplantation Psychiatry
Starzl Transplantation Institute at UPMC
Ambulatory
Huntington's Disease Clinic
UPMC Comprehensive Movement Disorders Clinic
Ambulatory
Fellow Education and Supervision
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Not Applicable

Fellowship Education and Supervision

Our highly specialized educational program in Consultation-Liaison (CL) Psychiatry consists of weekly educational modules and case conferences led by core and adjunct teaching faculty. A few of the represented topics include:

Demoralization and grief; pharmacological management of delirium; steroid-induced psychopathology

Limbic and frontal networking; neuroimaging and neurophysiological studies; seizures and psychopathology

Cardiac disease (e.g., ventricular assist devices); HIV (e.g., opportunistic infections of the CNS); burn-associated psychiatric care 

Models of integration in primary care settings; collaborating with specialty services; business models for psychiatric care

Perinatal mood, anxiety, and bipolar disorders; paternal postnatal depression; brief motivational interventions

Fatigue and physician wellness; academic career trajectories; public speaking and presentation skills

Attended by faculty and trainees, and includes quarterly Grand Rounds, in-service trainings, and Psychosomatic Medicine Interest Group (PMIG).

In addition, fellows participate in weekly meetings with the program director and core faculty to discuss: scientific publications, personal career development, quality improvement and scholarly opportunities, and to receive and provide feedback.
 


Research and Scholarly Activities

Our fellows pursue an array of research and scholarly opportunities including: educational program development, quality improvement initiatives, clinical research projects, and preparation of manuscripts and presentations. Our institution is home to enthusiastic mentors and some of the most renowned researchers in the country, including Drs. Andrea DiMartini, Bruce Rollman, Eva Szigethy, and Matthew Muldoon. 

Psychiatry residents Drs. Manny Rengasamy & Craig Riccelli
Psychiatry residents Drs. Craig Riccelli (left) and Manivel Rengasamy (right) with their prize-winning poster at the 2017 Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) meeting


 

Faculty, residents, and alumni of the fellowship program have disseminated their work through peer-reviewed publications, as well as presentations at national meetings and scientific conferences sponsored by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, American Psychiatric Association, Association of Academic Psychiatry, and other professional organizations. We are proud of our many fellows who have been selected for travel awards to support their participation at these meetings.