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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

General information

The UC Davis Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is recruiting a full-time PGY-5 fellow in psychosomatic medicine for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Our ACGME-accredited one year fellowship prepares psychiatrists to provide expert psychosomatic medicine (PSM) 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 fellowship program in forensic psychiatry. Among our 80 faculty, we have three psychiatrists who are board certified in psychosomatic medicine, 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 PSM 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 PSM field.  PSM faculty welcome fellow participation in ongoing research projects involving quality improvement, depression care management, and stem cell therapy trials for Huntington’s disease.  The PSM fellow enjoys supervision and mentoring by three designated PSM 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. Click here for fellowship application information.

Benefits

Benefits include a salary (to be determined), twenty days of vacation, five days of educational leave, and full travel reimbursement for the annual Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine conference.

Didactics/Teaching

The PSM 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 PSM 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 other 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, Psychosomatic Medicine 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
E-mail: debra.kahn@ucdmc.ucdavis.edu