Published by the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships, a Council of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Forensic psychiatry fellowships do not utilize a formal match process. However, all fellowship programs use a common application form and adhere to a common timeframe for applications and interviews.
The common application and interview cycle for the 2024-2025 fellowship year has concluded, but some programs still have positions available. Applicants should contact the programs directly to inquire about applying.
Programs will begin reviewing applications on May 1, 2024, and begin conducting interviews on August 1, 2024. Applicants can download the 2025-2026 application instructions here. All programs are expected to abide by the ADFPF Communication Guidelines during the recruitment process, which can be downloaded here.
Forensic psychiatry training programs in the United States may be accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Accredited programs have demonstrated that they met the standards for forensic psychiatry training programs established by the ACGME.
The ACGME first certified training programs in forensic psychiatry in 1997. Persons who graduate from forensic psychiatry training programs certified by the ACGME may apply for the Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry examination of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) at any time.
Persons who are not graduates of an accredited forensic psychiatry training programs may no longer apply for the inital Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry examination of the ABPN. However, those who already possess Added Qualifications may take the recertification examinations.