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Yale University - Department of Psychiatry

Law and Psychiatry Division

Director(s) Howard V. Zonana, MD*+
Associate Training Dir.. Reena Kapoor MD, Charles Dike MD
Address Yale University School of Medicine
Law and Psychiatry Division
34 Park Street
New Haven, CT
Zip Code 06519
Telephone (203) 974-7158
Fax (203) 974-7177
Email howard.zonana@yale.edu
URL http://www.med.yale.edu/psych/residency_brochure/forensic.html
Level PGY-5+
Positions 5
Accredited by ACGME Yes
Annual Stipend $76,000
Offers forensic elective for medical students. Contact program director for details.
Offers forensic elective for residents. Contact program director for details.


Program description

The fellowship is a full-time, one-year experience in the legal regulation of psychiatry and in forensic evaluations. The program is based in the Law and Psychiatry Division of the Department of Psychiatry at Yale with placements at: 1) Yale Law School; 2) Attorney\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s offices (state\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s attorney, public defender); 3) New Haven Juvenile Court; 4) Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital (maximum and medium security treatment centers; 5) Department of Childrens and Families Facilities; and 6) Department of Correction.

The goals of the program are to train fellows so that they:
1. Understand the legal standards and concepts in civil and criminal forensic evaluations.
2. Learn the principles and current trends in the legal regulation of psychiatric practice; e.g. civil commitment, confidentiality, liability, duty to third parties, physician/patient relationships, ethics, right to refuse treatment and informed consent.
3. Are familiar with the special issues involved with mental health treatment in jail, prisons, maximum security treatment centers and public sector administration.
4. Develop a knowledge base in special areas of psychiatry, such as malingering, hypnosis, neuropsychiatric disorders, epilepsy, sexual disorders, alcohol, etc.
5. Have experience in preparing reports and testifying as an expert witness and consulting to governmental bodies regarding public policy issues.
6. Undertake some research, either empirical or review of the legal and/or psychiatric literature.

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