Offers forensic elective for medical students. Contact program director for details.
Offers forensic elective for residents. Contact program director for details.
The fellowship program at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) has a strong academic orientation, an emphasis on public policy, and provides exposure to a large breadth of clinical experiences which are able to be tailored to the interests of each fellow. Developing the skills of critical analysis and writing for the courts is emphasized.
The over 250 hours of didactics, include frequent collaboration with forensic specialists of many disciplines and with other nearby forensic psychiatry fellowships. An academic project is chosen early in the year with over two weeks of protected research time for its initial development. Presentation at AAPL is strongly encouraged. Given that the clinical responsibilities are less than 4 days per week, the fellows have ample opportunity to choose from a number of scholarly activities to pursue. Additionally, those interested in advocacy and public policy will be given opportunities to participate on national, state and local levels including projects with the Georgia Division of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
The program has multiple clinical sites including two forensic psychiatric hospitals, Augusta State Medical Prison, MCG Consult-Liaison and Forensic Private Practices. This allows a breadth of clinical experience ranging from maximum security forensic patients to minimal security patients in a step down program involved in work study programs. A wide range of civil and criminal forensic evaluations are observed and performed. In addition to the ACGME expected evaluations, the fellow is afforded participation in the expert witness work of the faculty. Finally, a one month elective is scheduled in the latter half of the year, to further develop the fellow’s skills in an area of particular interest.
Faculty members include psychiatrists with subspecialty certification in forensic psychiatry, forensic psychologists, lawyers (from the medical school and hospital), judges, law enforcement officers, and other professionals with special interests and expertise in branches of forensic mental health.