Curriculum

Our Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine offers a comprehensive curriculum in didactic training. You receive direct clinical supervision from one of the attendings on each case, consisting of a joint patient interview and subsequent discussion. You also have two weekly hours of individual supervision with consultation psychiatry attendings.

Didactic Training

During our weekly reading seminar, you review and discuss important papers from the field of psychosomatic medicine, exploring five to ten papers each session.

You attend our Fellows' Lecture Series twice per month throughout the year, learning from faculty of psychosomatic medicine, addiction, and geriatric psychiatry.

We also encourage you to attend the weekly geriatric medicine/geriatric psychiatry fellows' seminar and the fourth-year psychiatry residents' psycho-oncology course.

If you are interested in research, you may attend our weekly Research Fellows' Lecture Series to learn more about basic methodology and principles. You are also welcome to participate in other psychiatry research didactics.

Conferences

Three times per week, you participate in Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service Rounds to review and discuss all active patient cases. You also take part in Service Walk Rounds every week, rotating with members of your team to interview patients and discuss the cases in depth.

Our Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service Journal Club convenes biweekly. Working under a faculty member serving as expert mentor, you select and review a paper relevant to the field. You give a presentation four times during the year, and assist in coordinating the club.

We hold our Psychiatry Grand Rounds weekly, all year long. These include formal presentations, primarily by outside speakers, on the full range of psychiatric topics. Once a month, a resident presents a case at a clinical case conference, followed by discussion with a faculty member.

Our Schwartz Rounds are hosted at the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Adult Development at the Icahn School of Medicine. In these multidisciplinary sessions we explore the emotional side of caregiving. This national program has sites across the country, and is funded by the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to advancing compassionate health care. In a typical rounds session, a panel of caregivers presents a patient case that brought up interesting and important psychosocial issues. You then share responses and thoughts with others.