The coronavirus has changed our lives in the past few weeks, and the ADFPF understands that our fellowship applicants have been placed under substantial personal and professional stress. During this uncertain time, we, the directors of the forensic fellowship programs in the U.S and Canada would like to reassure applicants that we are committed to a flexible and individualized approach to help you explore your opportunities for July 1, 2021. In an effort to help applicants make plans for after the coronavirus crisis has ended, the ADFPF has decided not to postpone the fellowship interview season that is scheduled to begin on April 1, 2020. However, given the current circumstances, we have asked all fellowship program directors to employ maximum flexibility when interviewing applicants. This can include:
Please know that the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships recognizes the difficulty inherent in making commitments for future training in such an uncertain time. We are committed to supporting you through this year’s unusual recruitment process. If you are interested in a particular program, do not hesitate to contact the program director at that location to discuss options for your application and interviewing. And please do not hesitate to contact the ADFPF President, Dr. Richard Martinez, at 303-217-3846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time with questions or concerns.
Published by the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships, a Council of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
In October 2019, the Association of Directors of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships approved the use of a common application form for the 2021-2022 fellowship year. Applicants can download the application form, a checklist of supplemental requirements, and application instructions here.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and continue until the program has filled its positions. Programs begin accepting applications for the 2021-2022 fellowship year on January 1, 2020, and interviews begin on April 1, 2020.
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.