The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one year full-time fellowship in forensic psychiatry co-sponsored by the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin. Fellows will spend most of their time in Madison at Mendota and part-time rotations also occur in Waupun at Dodge Correctional Institute and the Central Wisconsin Center, also in Madison.
They rotation at Mendota includes emphasis on the inpatient evaluation and treatment of civil committees, individuals whose competency to stand trial has been questioned or who are being treated for competency to stand trial, individuals who have been found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and who are being treated toward eventual release, and criminally involved adolescents and sex offenders. During the entire twelve-month fellowship, faculty members allow fellows to work with them in their private practices to gain experience in the evaluation of civil and criminal cases.
Fellows who have completed a fellowship in child psychiatry are offered an additional rotation on the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC), which is a 29-bed secure treatment facility that delivers comprehensive mental health services to teen boys whose highly disruptive behavior and failure to respond to standard treatment has warranted their transfer to the facility from Wisconsin’s juvenile corrections system. MJTC seeks to rehabilitate youth by focusing on helping participants understand interpersonal processes, acquire social skills, and improve normative social connections.
Fellows are given leave time and funding to attend the annual AAPL meeting as well as the Forensic Psychiatry Review Course. Additional continuing medical education time is available, along with three weeks of vacation.