Program Description

The University of Arizona College of Medicine Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship is a one-year full-time, fully accredited training program offered by the UACOM Department of Psychiatry.  The program combines a comprehensive didactic curriculum with an extensive and varied array of forensic experiences.

The experiential component of the fellowship includes supervised site placements at the Arizona Department of Corrections and the UA Department of Psychiatry where the fellow gains experience with legal, correctional, and mental health systems which directly impact forensic psychiatric practice. Fellows are active participants in the department’s medical student and resident teaching programs and the fellow’s year is expected to culminate in a year-end research presentation. Fringe benefits include attendance to the annual AAPL conference, an academic stipend and a meal card.

Fellows are provided many opportunities to gain experience as well as to consult with attorneys and courts, such as:

  • Court-ordered forensic evaluations of adult and child cases
  • Examination and treatment of criminal offenders in prison and jail setting
  • Dangerousness assessments
  • Civil assessments for involuntary hospitalization, treatment over objection, outpatient commitment and guardianship
  • Child custody
  • Mental health court-based diversion
  • Correctional health administration

Requirements

  • Adult Psychiatry Residency Program Certificate
  • License to practice medicine in the state of Arizona
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • 2 writing samples, one preferably a forensic evaluation
  • Personal Statement
  • Must be able to meet background checks and drug tests required by participating sites