Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

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

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 PM 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-2’s), and psychiatry residents (PGY-2’s).  PM 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 this year, with 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.

 

Seminars/Rounds/Conferences

Monthly PM Journal Clubs
Weekly Psychiatry Case Conferences
Weekly Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Geriatrics Conferences
Toxicology Conferences
Ethics Conferences
Biannual Critical Incident PM 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)

 

Electives

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 due no later than November 15th.
Interviews will take place from September through early December.
Positions are offered through the NRMP Match.
 

For additional questions regarding the application process for the fellowship, please contact
Lauren Alexander, Associate Program Manager.

 

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Sheryl B. Fleisch, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
Medical Director, Homeless Health Services Program
Director, Vanderbilt Street Psychiatry Program