The Foundation for a Rewarding Career

The foundation for a rewarding career in the field of psychiatry and behavioral health includes extensive exposure to the diagnosis, management and investigation of a diverse patient population with both simple and complex cases, individualized advisement from an outstanding faculty that will guide you in treatment approaches and problem-solving and myriad opportunities to contribute to the advancement of the field through research.

Community Psychiatry Fellowship

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health has one-year Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship, which is a collaborative program between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU). Drawing from a network of more than 20 community mental health agencies in the greater Cleveland area, fellows devote up to four days a week to clinical work, a half-day per week for program development or administrative work at one or two host sites and a half-day per week of didactics.

Each fellow works with faculty to match their site placement with their career interests. Popular areas of interest include homelessness, serious and persistent mental illnesses, forensics, substance abuse, state hospitalization, veteran affairs and other treatment programs funded by county or state mental health boards. As an alternative to local sites in Cuyahoga and neighboring Northeast Ohio counties, fellows may choose to arrange a placement in several areas throughout the state of Ohio, including Akron, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.

Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship

As a consultation-liaison psychiatry fellow, you will actively consult with teams specializing in transplantation, cardiothoracic/critical care, oncology/hematology, burn, pre-, peri- and postpartum care, infectious disease, rheumatology, endocrinology, neurological and psychological rehabilitation services (e.g., head trauma, stroke), dialysis and postoperative wards. Fellows will rotate at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a member of the inpatient consultation-liaison psychiatry service as well as in outpatient psychosomatic subspecialty clinics.

In addition to the common psychiatric conditions seen in non-hospital settings, you will become adept at the diagnosis and management of delirium, chronic pain, capacity issues, end-of-life care and psychiatric sequelae of medical disorders. Fellows will also be involved in the disposition of patients with psychiatric needs, including substance-related impairment, and transfer to psychiatric settings upon medical stabilization. Fellows will work under the supervision of a faculty supervisor and are active with instructing residents and medical students on the service. In addition, fellows will provide oversight and leadership to residents with less experience rotating on the consultation service. Fellows will be highly interactive in communicating with other services and have responsibilities with ensuring communications are successful.

When you select the Integrated Psychiatry Clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as a portion of your longitudinal outpatient clinical experiences, you will have the chance to deliver direct patient care to those with chronic biopsychosocial illnesses that originate in childhood, including cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia, under the supervision of a board-certified psychosomatic medicine psychiatrist.

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Combining psychiatry and the law, fellows learn in conjunction with Ohio’s only maximum security forensic hospital, Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, and at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In both jail and hospital settings, fellows aid in the evaluation of defendants’ competency and sanity at the time of the act.

Expect to provide inpatient and outpatient treatment for those in the maximum security forensic unit, and outpatient treatment for mentally ill offenders who have worked their way through the hospital system. Your juvenile offender evaluations will concern bind-over to adult court and recommendations to the court for treatment. Civil cases include fitness for duty, disability, malpractice and consults to other physicians on challenging patients. Additionally, there are opportunities for interested fellows to become involved in advocacy and policy matters at the State level through the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

Addiction Medicine Fellowship

2019-2020 fellowship positions have been filled. We will begin accepting applications for 2020-2021 in May 2020.

The Ohio State University Addiction Medicine Fellowship provides subspecialty training to physicians in a variety of medical specialties in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with substance use and addictive disorders.

Fellows develop expertise in managing substance use disorders using a biopsychosocial approach, including patients experiencing comorbid psychiatric disorders as well as medically-complex patients. They work in a variety of settings, including inpatient detoxification, consultations, partial hospitalization, intensive outpatient, and longitudinal outpatient clinics. Fellows become proficient in the use of medication-assisted treatment in the treatment of substance use disorders. Fellows in Addiction Medicine work on interdisciplinary teams including nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and counselors, and develop proficiency as team leaders. Fellows also work as educators of physicians in other specialties, both in didactic experiences and as physician liaisons.

At the completion of training, fellows will be eligible for board certification in the subspecialty of Addiction Medicine through the American Board of Preventative Medicine.