The Department of Behavioral Health-Saint Elizabeths Hospital forensic fellowship program (Fellowship Program) is a one-year ACGME-accredited program designed to train and foster the development of forensic psychiatrists with interests across the entire range of forensic scholarship. The program is based in Washington DCâ€™s brand-new St. Elizabeths Hospital, one of the most historic forensic facilities in the nation, and offers an extensive array of forensic experiences along with a comprehensive didactic curriculum designed to prioritize the fellowâ€™s educational experience.
The experiential component includes rotations within the Department of Behavioral Health â€“ Saint Elizabeths Hospital itself, the Assessment Center (Child/Families), local court clinics, Unity Health Care/District of Columbia Correctional Facility, and exposure to experts in private forensic practice. During these experiences, fellows will gain experience conducting forensic inpatient assessment and treatment, monitoring long-term insanity acquittees, conducting child and adolescent forensic evaluations, performing inpatient and outpatient competency evaluations and civil commitment evaluations. Fellows will testify in court and gain experience in numerous pre- and post-adjudication interactions with the judicial system. Private cases will include malpractice litigation along with civil and criminal forensic assessment.
The faculty includes six forensic psychiatrists and four child/adolescent forensic psychiatrists who are committed to education and scholarship, and the career development of their fellows. Specific faculty interests include ethics, the regulation of Psychiatry, the insanity defense, outpatient commitment, violence risk, sovereign citizens, and physician health. Washington DC is a vibrant backdrop with political, cultural, and educational opportunities for early career professionals, families, or practitioners seeking to enhance the course of their careers.
Benefits include support for travel to the annual AAPL meeting and attendance at the AAPL forensic review course, as well as a $500 book allowance. H-1 B and J-1 visa sponsorship is available.