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

During the 12 months of training, the fellows’ clinical work is centered within VUMC, which has over 1100 beds and provides tertiary and quaternary care for a referral base encompassing a large area of the Southeastern United States. The Psychiatry Consultation Service is the primary provider of behavioral health services for the medical center, and fellows will have opportunities to work with additional subspecialty services in addiction, transplantation, emergency psychiatry, and proactive consultation.

On the inpatient consult service, the fellow will see an unparalleled variety of patients. The high level of medical acuity within VUMC patients allows us to train our fellows to recognize and treat primary psychiatric disorders, rare neuropsychiatric conditions, and assist in management of emotional and behavioral symptoms across a broad clinical context. The fellows will also be exposed to subspecialty psychiatric services on the Addiction Consultation Service, Transplant Psychiatry Service, Emergency Psychiatry Service, and the Psychiatric Medical Unit at the Nashville Veterans Administration Hospital. Fellows will also provide consultation services for the affiliated Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital, giving access to patients during recovery from major orthopedic and traumatic brain injury. 

Other clinical experiences include a longitudinal outpatient consultation-liaison clinic where fellows will develop outpatient consultation skills and work with providers in Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Neurology, Infectious Disease, and Endocrinology, among others. Given the large referral base for this service, fellows are encouraged and empowered to develop subspecialty interests within this clinic.

Teaching is an important part of training, and C-L Psychiatry fellows are an important part of the teaching mission of the service. There are a wide variety of trainees on the consultation service, including Vanderbilt University School of Medicine MS-III’s, sub-interns (MS-IV’s) drawn from numerous American and international medical schools, VUMC Neurology Residents (PGY-2s), and psychiatry residents (PGY-2s). C-L fellows will run regular didactic fellows rounds, and will have graduated clinical teaching responsibilities on service, becoming comfortable serving as a junior attending and ending their fellowship comfortable running a consultation team as an attending physician. Fellows will have their own weekly supervision to aid in their educational, clinical, and professional development. The fellowship program values the unique interests of fellows and attempts to meet fellows' academic and clinical goals by helping leverage psychiatry's strong relationship with other departments into unique elective opportunities. 

VUMC and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers opportunities to join ongoing research efforts and fellows with defined interests can be offered protected time to further their research efforts. Areas of strength for the department include delirium, catatonia, first episode psychosis, neuroimaging, and quality improvement. Fellows with other interests will be supported in finding appropriate mentorship and supervision to further their academic goals. 

 

Seminars/Rounds/Conferences

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 Transplant Psychiatry Service
Subspecialty Addiction Consult Service

Emergency Psychiatry Service
Adult Inpatient Psychiatry Consults Junior Attending Experience
Psychiatric Consultation Subspecialty Services
VA Psychiatric Medical Unit
Educational Half Day (Seminar, Research, Teaching)

 

Existing Electives

Inpatient Subspecialty Services-Neuropsychiatry, Infectious Disease and HIV, Burn and Trauma
Surgery, Critical Care, Geriatric Medicine, Oncology
Inpatient & Outpatient Electroconvulsive Therapy (can obtain ECT certification)
Emergency Psychiatry

Addiction/Medication-Assisted Therapy (can obtain DEA waiver training)
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consultation Service
Inpatient/Outpatient Toxicology
Outpatient Transplant Psychiatry
Outpatient Epilepsy Clinic
Outpatient Women's Health 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
Research Elective

 

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 Common Application for CLP Fellowship
Applications are accepted between July 1st and November 15th (earlier applications preferred)
Interviews will take place from September through November
Positions are offered through the NRMP Match

Applications should be emailed to 
elizabeth.h.wilson@vumc.org 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.

 

   
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Jonathan D. Smith, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Medical Director, Adult Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship