The fellowship is organized to provide a balance of forensic psychiatric clinical experience, seminars and supervision. The three settings for clinical experiences are: the Regional Forensic Unit, a 55 bed unit, where mentally ill, unsentenced prisoners and individuals found NGRI are confined; the Sociological Center which provides consultations to the Courts, the Department of Probation, and the University of Rochester Medical Center.
The training experience includes supervised clinical forensic psychiatric evaluations and treatment; having a preceptor (Dr. Ciccone*+), supervisors (R.P. Singh, MD+, Joshua C.W. Jones, M.D.), and seminars, including a legal seminar (Hon. John Connell, Joyce Parker, JD, Professor Michael Perlin, Charles Steinman, JD, and Richard Tubiolo, JD), a Landmark Cases seminar, and a Clinical Case seminar. The fellow will evaluate individuals involved in civil and criminal litigation and have the opportunity to testify in court. The fellow will have the opportunity to evaluate and treat individuals in a sex offender treatment program and participate in a clinic that follows post-insanity aquittees who have been released to live in the community. The fellow will also have the opportunity to teach medical students and will be involved in teaching psychiatry and the law to PGY 3 and PGY 4 residents in psychiatry. During the fellowship, the fellow is expected to complete a scholarly project. There are numerous elective opportunities. Some of these electives include participation in faculty members' ongoing research projects and faculty members' private forensic criminal and civil cases, work with the District Attorney's Office, the Public Defender's Office, and Family Court.
Each fellow is appointed to the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Rochester School of Medicine. The program has flexibility and may be tailored to the specific needs and interests of the fellow.