The Division of Forensic Psychiatry at West Virginia University offers a full-time one-year fellowship designed to provide a comprehensive and practical training experience. Fellows benefit from a balanced clinical and didactic curriculum resulting in an exceptional training experience in all aspects of forensic psychiatry. The breadth of forensic training prepares fellows for National Boards.
The primary training site, Chestnut Ridge Hospital, is the psychiatric center for West Virginia University Hospitals. The hospital is a regional referral center providing fellows with the quantity and diversity of experience necessary for training. Other training sites include a state hospital with designated inpatient forensic units, correctional facilities, a general medical hospital, and affiliated state-wide patient care facilities.
The multi-disciplinary faculty includes adult and child psychiatrists, forensic psychologists, social workers and attorneys. Fellows are supervised by Board Certified forensic psychiatrists. The didactic curriculum integrates a comprehensive review of forensic issues with in-depth concentration on the essential elements of forensic practice. Individual supervision includes both theoretical and pragmatic education.
Fellows are active participants in the educational activities of the department with supervised teaching responsibilities for residents, medical students and other trainees. There are opportunities for evaluations of civil and criminal cases, inpatient evaluations, research, and educational presentations in the community.
Benefits include provision of professional meeting allowance, educational materials, malpractice and health insurance. An additional benefit is living in a university town ranked as the best small city in America, according to a study by Demographics Daily. Please refer to the divisions website for additional information.