Program Description: The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is accepting applications for a new Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship program for the 2021-2022 academic year. The one-year training program will include forensic experiences in multiple settings, as well as didactics addressing legal concepts, landmark cases, and ethical issues.
Featured training sites within the program will include Stein Forensic Hospital, Clark County Detention Center, the Southern Nevada Adult Mental Health Services Assisted Outpatient Treatment program, and a private practice component. Through these sites, the fellow will learn to write competency evaluations and risk assessments, as well as follow patients in an outpatient, court-ordered civil commitment program. In addition, the fellow will gain familiarity with testifying in court (civil and criminal) and learn to manage psychiatric care for acute and chronically ill patients in a correctional environment.
The fellow will have teaching and leadership opportunities as they work with general psychiatry residents and medical students. In addition, the fellow will also benefit from the many other academic disciplines associated with UNLV, such as the William S. Boyd School of Law and the Department of Psychology.
The fellow will find that Las Vegas provides a unique setting to study forensic psychiatry, as the city regularly draws visitors from across the country and world. The city has long been associated with impulsivity due to association with gambling and the Las Vegas Strip. Patients in the Las Vegas metropolitan area come from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds and represent an array of pathologies and legal issues of varying severities.