Psychiatry Consultation Liaison Fellowship
The UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers one full-time PGY-5 fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry each academic year. Our ACGME-accredited one year fellowship prepares psychiatrists to provide expert consultation-liaison psychiatry services to culturally diverse medical/surgical patients in a wide variety of clinical settings.
The Department of Psychiatry has residency training programs in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, and family medicine/psychiatry as well as a fellowship program in forensic psychiatry. Among our 80 faculty, we have three psychiatrists who are board-certified in consultation-liaison psychiatry, three who are board-certified in both family medicine and psychiatry and three who are board-certified in both internal medicine and psychiatry.
During training, the fellow can expect to develop skills in clinical care, administration, research, writing, and teaching. Past fellows have found ample opportunity to publish review articles and case reports within the consultation-liaison psychiatry field. Consultation-liaison psychiatry faculty welcome fellow participation in ongoing research projects involving quality improvement, depression care management, and stem cell therapy trials for Huntington’s disease. The fellow enjoys supervision and mentoring by three designated consultation-liaison psychiatry attending psychiatrists, clinical and research collaboration with specialists in outpatient and inpatient medical and surgical consulting services, and frequent academic interactions with psychiatry faculty members including those who specialize in palliative care, geriatrics, and cultural psychiatry.
How to apply
The UC Davis psychiatry consult-liaison fellowship accepts the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry common application, which can be found at the academy’s site:
Additional materials needed for a complete application include:
- A current curriculum vitae must include a full chronological account of time, including non-working months, after receiving your medical degree.
- Three letters of recommendation from psychiatrists familiar with your work, including a letter from your general psychiatry residency training program director.
- Verification of completed psychiatric training, including documentation of no fewer than three Clinical Skills Verification exams passed (Refer to sample Consultation-Liaison Training Documentation Form for guidance.)
- Medical school transcript
- USMLE or COMLEX transcript (Passing scores in all Step/COMLEX levels required)
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program.
Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited general adult residency in psychiatry. At the time fellows begin the program, they must have a California medical license.
Program Mission and Aims
Our mission is to train culturally diverse and competent consult-liaison psychiatrists to provide high quality psychiatric assessments and clinically relevant treatment recommendations to patients and providers in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings. We aim to provide trainees with experiences treating socioeconomically diverse patients in a wide variety of outpatient settings including collaborative care, transplant, psycho-oncology, and neurodegenerative disorders and also to deepen fellows knowledge and experience in a treating complicated tertiary care hospital patients.
- Train fellows from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to be outstanding clinicians using a variety of clinical settings.
- Train fellows to provide high quality care to underserved and diverse patient populations.
- Train fellows to become effective educators
- Provide flexibility for fellows to pursue their particular career interests.
- Promote leadership.
- Promote scholarship and innovation within consult-liaison psychiatry.
Benefits include a competitive salary, twenty days of vacation, four days of educational leave, and full travel reimbursement for the annual Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine conference.
The consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship education program consists of seminars taught by psychiatry and other UC Davis faculty, directed readings, and protected time for individual academic development. The inpatient consultation-liaison psychiatry service has a weekly clinical case conference and a lunchtime journal club. Additionally, teaching opportunities exist for clinical and didactic training of UC Davis psychiatry residents, UC Davis medical students, and physicians from a variety of UC Davis departments. Past fellows have been an integral part of the UC Davis School of Medicine doctoring curriculum, serving as small-group facilitators for a year-long interviewing and clinical skills course.
Debra Kahn, M.D.
Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UC Davis Health System
2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Office: (916) 734-3386
Fax: (916) 734-3384