The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one year full-time fellowship in forensic psychiatry co-sponsored by the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, an easy 70 mile ride from the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Each fellow works predominantly in the Milwaukee site for six months, based in a court clinic and a VA hospital, and for six months at the Mendota Mental Health Institute, a largely forensic state facility, in Madison. The six month part of the program centered in Milwaukee includes experience in outpatient competency to stand trial evaluations, evaluations of individuals who have pled not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and psychiatric and psychological evaluations ordered by a judge.
The six months of training centered at the Mendota site in Madison are spent predominantly on an inpatient basis performing evaluations of competency to stand trial, treating individuals to help them regain competency to stand trial, treating insanity acquitees, gaining experience in administrative forensic psychiatry, as well as participating in the evaluations of individuals being considered for treatment under Wisconsin's Sexually Violent Persons Act. All year, fellows participate in correctional psychiatry experience at a state prison. Experiences in child and adolescent forensic psychiatry are available. Throughout the year, fellows participate in civil forensic cases with the faculty in Milwaukee and Madison. Research opportunities at each of the clinical sites are available. The didactic curriculum, which the two fellows study together weekly, covers the full gamut of relevant legal and psychiatric issues. The faculty includes five forensic psychiatrists with ABPN subspecialty certification in Forensic Psychiatry, two forensic psychologists, one of them board certified, and other clinician educators. A clinician-attorney is available at each of the two training sites.
Fellows are given leave time and funding to attend the annual AAPL meeting as well as the Forensic Psychiatry Review Course. Additional continuing medical education time is available, along with three weeks of vacation.