The University of Michigan/Center for Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship is a one year training program fully accredited by the ACGME offered by the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical School. The program combines a robust didactic curriculum with a variety for forensic experiences and is situated in a vibrant academic community surrounded by numerous learning, social, and cultural opportunities.
The Center for Forensic Psychiatry (CFP) serves as the primary site for many fellowship activities. It is a 272-bed inpatient forensic facility that also maintains a separate evaluation unit, which conducts over 3500 forensic evaluations annually. Additional experience is provided by University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry Forensic Evaluation Service. Fellows gain experience in the following areas: 1) competency to stand trial evaluations, 2) criminal responsibility evaluations, 3) competency restoration, 4) inpatient management of special forensic populations, 5) risk assessment evaluations, 6) civil forensic cases, and 7) court testimony. All fellow activities are closely supervised by a diverse, experienced faculty. Opportunities for court testimony are encouraged and closely supervised with special emphasis on report preparation and the role of the forensic expert. Additionally, fellow evaluation experiences at CFP enable them to obtain certification as Consulting Forensic Examiners under Michigan law.
The didactic curriculum offers seminars on landmark cases and civil and criminal forensic topics. It also features frequent outside speakers. Fellows audit classes at the University of Michigan Law School and meet with select faculty of the law school for individual instruction in an open forum type discussion. Fellows also participate in activities related to public policy and the legal regulation of psychiatry. A scholarly project is expected from all residents.
Benefits include support for professional meetings, use of extensive library facilities at CFP and the University of Michigan Medical School, and life in a diverse and cosmopolitan community. We are still accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. We are accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year, and e-mail submission of applications is preferred. Interviews for the 2022-2023 academic year will be starting in April 2021. Due to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, we will be completing interviews by video teleconference.