This is a one-year ACGME accredited program with two fellowship positions available each year open to board-eligible psychiatrists. The C-L Fellowship is based at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and provides extraordinary and rigorous training in the field of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry.

During the 12 months of training, the fellows’ clinical work is grounded in their experience on the VUMC Adult Psychiatry Consultation (APC) service. VUMC has over 800 beds, many of which provide tertiary and quaternary care for a referral base encompassing a large area of the Southeastern United States.

On the inpatient consult service, the fellow will see an unparalleled variety of patients. The high level of acuity seen at VUMC allows us to train our fellows to recognize and treat rare neuropsychiatric conditions.  The fellows will also be exposed to two unique subspecialty services, a homeless consultation service and a complex behavioral service where they will learn to diagnose and treat underserved and behaviorally challenging patients in an academic environment.

Other clinic experiences include a longitudinal outpatient consultation-liaison clinic where fellows will experience persons struggling with mental illness who have co-morbid medical illnesses that require liaison with other specialty services such as OB/GYN, Neurology, Infectious Disease, and/or Endocrinology.

Teaching is an important part of training, and C-L fellows will be given educational responsibilities as well. There are a wide variety of trainees on the APC service, including Vanderbilt University School of Medicine MS-III’s, sub-interns (MS-IV’s) from all over the country, VUMC Neurology Residents (PGY-2s), and psychiatry residents (PGY-2s). C-L fellows will run weekly fellows rounds, have teaching supervision, and will have graded responsibility on the consultation service to serve as junior attendings so upon graduation they will be prepared to serve as attending physicians.

Vanderbilt is leading an effort, through their seminar series, to collaborate with other fellowships nationally via internet software to broaden the classroom experience and enhance growth and learning. Our fellowship program is committed to continual enrichment of educational programming.



Monthly C-L Journal Clubs
Weekly Psychiatry Case Conferences
Weekly Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Geriatrics Conferences
Toxicology Conferences
Ethics Conferences
Biannual Critical Incident C-L Conferences


Core Clinical Experiences

Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Consults
Subspecialty Homeless Psychiatry Consults
Subspecialty Complex Behavioral Psychiatry Consults
General Consultation Outpatient Clinic
Educational Half Day (Seminar, Research, Teaching)



Inpatient & Outpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy (can obtain ECT certification)
Emergency Psychiatry
Inpatient/Outpatient Toxicology
Inpatient Complex Behavioral Psychiatry Consults
Outpatient Transplant
Outpatient Epilepsy Clinic
Outpatient High Risk OB Clinic
Outpatient Integrative Health
Outpatient Huntington's Disease Clinic
Outpatient Street Psychiatry/Inpatient Homeless Consults
Outpatient Palliative Care/Outpatient Hospice
Inpatient Palliative Care
Inpatient Pain Service
Inpatient Geriatrics/Outpatient Geriatrics
Inpatient Subspecialty Consults (delirium, HIV, catatonia, oncology, etc)


Current Research Projects

Delirium-Catatonia Study (D-Cat)
Impact of Homeless Consultation Service on Hospital Utilization


Applicant Qualifications:

Completion of an ACGME-accredited residency program in psychiatry by start of fellowship
Passing score on the USMLE STEP 3 examination
Eligibility for medical licensure in the State of Tennessee


Application Process:

We accept the PM Common Application
Applications are accepted between July 1st and November 15th (earlier applications preferred)
Interviews will take place from August through November
Positions are offered through the NRMP Match

Applications should be emailed to or sent to:

Attn: Elizabeth H. Wilson
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
1601 23rd Avenue South, Suite 3105
Nashville, TN  37212

For additional questions regarding the application process for the fellowship, please contact Elizabeth H. Wilson, Associate Program Manager or Shana Scanlin, Program Manager.


132834.jpg Sheryl B. Fleisch, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
Medical Director, Homeless Health Services Program
Director, Vanderbilt Street Psychiatry Program
Smith_Jonathan John D. Smith, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Assistant Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship