Fellowship Programs
Fellowship Program Details

Tulane University School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Director(s) Jose F. Artecona, MD*+
Address Division of Forensic Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry & Neurology
Tulane University School of Medicine
1440 Canal St., TB-53, 10th Floor
New Orleans, LA
Zip Code 70112
Telephone (504) 988-2201
Fax (504) 988-7457
Email jarteco@tulane.edu
URL http://tulane.edu/som/departments/psychiatry/forensic/forensic-psychiatry-welcome.cfm
Program Coordinator and Email Patrice Taylor ptaylor4@tulane.edu
Level PGY-5
Positions 2
Accredited by ACGME Yes
Annual Stipend $70,000 + educational stipend and mileage reimbursement

Program description

The Didactic Curriculum at Tulane\'s fellowship is administered by over 10 board-certified forensic psychiatrists in addition to neurologists and psychologists affiliated with Tulane. An Expert Witness/Legal Seminar focuses on forensic report-writing and testifying skills and includes a series of lectures administered by practicing attorneys. The Landmark Case Seminar provides fellows with in-depth exposure to landmark cases.

Fellows spend 2 days a week at ELMHS, Forensic Division, a secure, forensic inpatient facility where they become adept in competency to stand trial evaluations and competency restoration, violence risk assessments, and management of potentially violent patients. Fellows provide consultation to other psychiatrists on forensic issues such as forced medication evaluations. Fellows participate in sex offender assessments and will have the opportunity to become familiar with the use of telemedicine. Fellows treat forensic outpatients on supervised probation at the New Orleans Forensic Aftercare Clinic and also provide psychiatric treatment at a maximum-security prison.

Fellows gain further criminal forensic experience (e.g., criminal responsibility and aid-in-sentencing evaluations) at the Orleans Criminal Court, where they gain much experience in courtroom testimony. Fellows also perform a full range of civil forensic evaluations (e.g., malpractice, disability, and child custody evaluations) and receive training in report-writing, testifying for court and depositions, and interacting with the legal system.

Fellows participate in the monthly forensic journal club/research seminar and produce a scholarly work during the year with help from supervisors. Fellows receive a $1,500 stipend for the AAPL Review Course and Annual Meeting and are reimbursed for mileage during the year in addition to the regular salary and benefits.

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