Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Director: Elizabeth Ford, MD
Associate Director: Bipin Subedi, MD

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ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The NYU Forensic Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited one-year full time program designed to develop proficiency in all aspects of forensic psychiatric practice: evaluation, administration and treatment, including correctional psychiatric treatment. Fellows participate in supervised clinical experiences in four principal rotations, each lasting three months at: a court clinic, a jail based in a general hospital, a forensic hospital and an outpatient treatment program of a psychiatric hospital. Fellows also have part-time supervised clinical rotations in a general forensic psychiatry private practice and in a child/adolescent forensic practice. Evaluation, research and teaching skills are emphasized at all of our principal clinical sites. Fellows participate in a year-long seminar on Ethics; a year-long seminar in Forensic Psychiatric Research; and in the design, development, fulfillment and presentation of an original research project.

FELLOWSHIP ROTATIONS

Bellevue Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Inpatient Service

This rotation is designed to assist residents in the development of the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to competently treat and manage acutely ill psychiatric inpatients who are in the custody of either the New York Police Department or the Department of Corrections. The patient population consists of men with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, including Axis II pathology, all of whom are facing legal issues at any point from arrest to conviction and sentencing.

Bellevue Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Clinic

This rotation aims to teach Fellows to perform comprehensive outpatient forensic examinations and to write concise forensic psychiatric reports for submission to the courts and probation department. The population being evaluated consists of a broad demographic spectrum and wide range of psychopathology; male and female offenders; ages thirteen up to geriatric; and a wide variety of often co-morbid psychiatric disorders.

Kirby Forensic Psychiatry Center

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center (KFPC) is a high-security hospital of the New York State Office of Mental Health housing approximately 160 patients, including insanity acquittees, incompetent defendants, and legally committed patients who cannot be managed in less secure settings. This rotation helps Fellows develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and techniques necessary to work with long-term patients in a forensic setting, to assess dangerousness and competency, and to prepare reports for the court.

New York City Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (AOT)

At this rotation Fellows are taught to perform comprehensive outpatient forensic examinations for individuals referred or court-mandated to the Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program. Fellows learn to construct a "physician's affirmation of findings" report with the assistance of our attorney, which is submitted to the courts. Testimony is prepared and presented before the Court on each eligible case. The population being evaluated consists of a broad demographic spectrum and wide range of psychopathology male and female offenders; ages eighteen up to geriatric; and a wide variety of often co-morbid psychiatric disorders.

The Private Practice of Forensic Psychiatry

Fellows spend a half-day a week for six months learning about the private practice of general and child and adolescent forensic psychiatry.  Multiple cases are discussed and the fellows participate in a wide range of evaluations, including child custody, juvenile justice, criminal responsibility, personal injury, disability, immigration issues, fitness for duty, testamentary capacity, personal injury, disability, immigration issues, fitness for duty, testamentary capacity, domestic violence and eyewitness cases.   

DIDACTIC CURRICULUM

The didactic core curriculum includes educational modules on forensic assessment, criminal law, civil law, mental health law, correctional psychiatry, law and the legal system, ethics, child and adolescent forensic psychiatry, special issues in forensic assessment, introduction to forensic research, and forensic practice; seminars on administrative psychiatry, ethical issues in forensic psychiatry, research methodology, and supervision; addiction medicine for forensic psychiatrists; and a journal club that reviews the latest literature on issues and research in forensic psychiatry.

SUPERVISION AND MENTORING

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

  • Elizabeth Ford, MD, Director

Forensic Psychiatry Clinic (FPC)

  • Steven Ciric, MD, Medical Director

New York City Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

  • Scott Soloway, MD, Director

Forensic Psychiatry Inpatient Program (19W/19N), Bellevue Hospital Center

  • Paula Ann Francis, MD, Site Supervisor

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center (Kirby)

  • James Hicks, MD, Associate Clinical Director

General Forensic Psychiatry Private Practice

  • Eric Goldsmith, MD

Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry Private Practice

  • Steven Billick, MD

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Application materials for the upcoming training year may be submitted beginning May 1st, and must be received by August 15th.  Early application and electronic submission are strongly encouraged.

Eligibility

We look for mature, motivated applicants who must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency prior to entering the program. We consider such factors as one’s writing ability, research experience, leadership potential, flexible temperament, interest in public psychiatry and career goals. We strive for a well-rounded, diverse class of four fellows with individual strengths in different areas.

Application Procedure

Please submit the following materials:

  • A completed application form (Download PDF) (Download DOC)
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A personal statement about why you wish to train in this Fellowship (one to two pages)
  • A letter from your Medical School Dean
  • Letters of reference*

* Please arrange for a minimum of two (but not more than three) letters of reference from persons who are familiar with the nature and quality of your work; one of those persons must be the Director of your General Psychiatry Residency Program.Letters of reference should be submitted directly by their authors.

International applicants must also submit the following documentation:

  • Valid ECFMG certificate
  • Proof of Visa status or US citizenship

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION (Preferred)

MAILING ADDRESS
NYU School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
1 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
 

APPLICANT SELECTION

The program begins reviewing applications in May and interviews are usually scheduled to take place in July, August and early September. No application is considered until all required materials have been received, including the training or clinical Director’s letter of recommendation. Interviews generally take a full day and include meetings with faculty representatives of several different rotations as well as a chance to meet current Fellows. A phone offer may be made to fitting candidates in the early fall, and an official letter of offer is issued upon acceptable of the position.

An offer of employment is not final until the fellow has been successfully credentialed by the NYU office of Graduate Medical Education. Terms of employment, including current year salary levels, benefits, duty hours, moonlighting policy, etc., may be found at http://gme.med.nyu.edu/about-gme/gme-policies-and-forms/graduate-medical-education-policies-and-procedures.

For more information contact:

Elizabeth Ford, MD
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
(212) 562-3626
Elizabeth.Ford@nyumc.org

Bipin Subedi, MD
Associate Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
(212) 562-6206
Bipin.Subedi@nyumc.org