The University of Cincinnati Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry provides a comprehensive and balanced curriculum, drawing upon the assets of one of the strongest psychiatry departments in the Midwest and the firmly established forensic institutions of Cincinnati. Fellows gain experience with different forensic populations and preceptors at a number of sites:
1. Summit Behavioral Healthcare - the largest freestanding ODMH psychiatric hospital in Ohio where the fellows evaluate patients found not guilty by reason of insanity or incompetent to stand trial and conduct structured risk assessments with faculty. The fellows write reports to the court and testify about their findings.
2. Greater Cincinnati Behavioral - fellows evaluate and treat outpatients who are under criminal court jurisdiction such as parole, probation, or diversion. Fellows work with forensic community treatment teams. This rotation fulfills ACGME requirements for the correctional psychiatric experience.
3. Hamilton County Probate Court - fellows serve as independent expert witnesses in probate court weekly, testifying in civil commitment, guardianship, and forced medication hearing.
4. UC Division of Forensic Psychiatry - in addition to coordinating fellows' education, our division is a clearinghouse for private practice civil and criminal forensic work. Fellows assist UC faculty on forensic consultations and evaluations. Fellows also conduct their own private practice assessments.
5. Mock Trial and Case Presentation Videoconferences - held in conjunction with the Case Western Forensic fellowship, UC fellows engage in mock trials, both as witnesses and as cross examiners, and also present forensic cases for discussion and review.
Legal principles and landmark cases are taught in classroom sessions with faculty attorneys held at the UC College of Law. Weekly didactics with faculty, supervision sessions, grand rounds, conferences, and journal club are an integral part of the fellows` educational experience. A scholarly project is required.
The fellowship provides full funding for the fellows to attend the annual AAPL meeting and review course. The fellows also receive a $1,000/year discretionary educational fund.