Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

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Isidore Berenbaum MD

The Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship is a one year fully accredited program designed to train academic psychosomatic psychiatrists to be leaders in the field and to provide knowledge and skills in the field of psychosomatic medicine. A unique quality of the program is its ability to provide the fellow with a variety of educational and training venues.

Over the course of the year, the fellow will develop clinical knowledge and expertise in the psychiatric care of the medically ill or physically disabled patient. This will include crisis intervention and various forms of psychotherapy. The fellow will be exposed to the care and management of patients in a variety of settings including intensive care units, outpatient clinics, dialysis units and cancer care centers. Clinical work is supplemented by a variety of didactic seminars and participation in multidisciplinary educational experiences that include clinical rounds, conferences, supervision and research activities. An important aspect of the program will be the development of teaching, leadership, and administrative skills as the fellow works with other health care providers in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Training Sites

The Psychosomatic fellow will spend a total of six consecutive months at Boston Medical Center and six consecutive months at the VA Boston Healthcare System. At both sites, fellows are valued educators and take part in the training and supervision of psychiatry residents as well as BU Medical School students on their psychiatry clerkship.

Boston Medical Center
Site Mentors:  Isidore Berenbaum MD, Jeanne Horner MD, Yadira Alonso MD, Kevin Donnelly-Boylen MD, Pedro Fernandez MD

BMC is a private, non-profit 547 bed academic medical center that provides both primary and tertiary care to an ethnically diverse patient population (40% White, 39% African American, 12% Hispanic, and 2% Asian). The psychiatric consultation service responded to 1,500 new consultation requests in the last year, which came from all medical and surgical specialties including the intensive care units, oncology, OB-GYN, dialysis center, and spinal cord unit. The consultation service has acting liaison relationships with the intensive care units, oncology, the amyloid program, dialysis, geriatric, cardiac rehabilitation, and neurology. In addition to the inpatient services, the Boston Medical Center has a large Primary Care Clinic (67,000 visits/year) and active Family Medicine Service (50,000 outpatient visits/year), which serve as the sites for collaborative care.

VA Boston Health System: West Roxbury Campus
Site Mentors:  Grace Chang MD, Sparsha Reddy MD,

VA Boston serves as the major tertiary and surgical referral center for all other VA facilities in New England and offers comprehensive specters of clinical services to the veterans of Eastern and Central Massachusetts. The West Roxbury Campus is the primary medical center for veterans of Massachusetts and its consultation-liaison service is an integral part of the healthcare services provided there. It serves as a training site for both the Boston University School of Medicine and the Harvard Medical School.

 

Clinical Duties and Sample Schedule

BMC  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
BLOCK 1

(6 months)

AM Inpatient Consultation Inpatient Consultation Inpatient Consultation Outpatient Consultation

(BMC)

Inpatient Consultation
PM Outpatient Collaborative Care Didactics

(BMC)

VA Boston    Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
BLOCK 2

 (6 months)

AM Inpatient Consultation Inpatient Consultation Inpatient Consultation Outpatient Consultation

(BMC)

Inpatient Consultation
PM Didactics

(BMC)

Elective and Liaison Opportunities

Interested fellows have the opportunity to participate in electives in Research, Clinical Care, or Liaison. This allows the fellow to spend time either on additional research activities, the development of a clinical liaison or to focus on additional clinical care. The liaison experience allows the fellow to form a strong relationship with a specific team and cultivate an area of niche expertise. One hour a week of supervision will be provided which will focus on their elective activity.

Women’s Mental Health

Trauma Surgery

Psycho-oncology

Bariatric Surgery

Collaborative Care in Primary Care

ICU Delirium QI Initiative

Transplant Psychiatry

Neuropsychiatry

Addiction Mental Health

HIV/AIDS

 

Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Education Program 

A twelve-month specialized education program in Psychosomatic Medicine will comprise of didactics and weekly case conferences, led by core and adjunct teaching faculty. Some of the covered topics include:

  • Neurosciences
  • Medical Ethics
  • Psychopharmacology of the Medically Ill
  • Psychosomatic Medicine Reading Seminar:
  • Highlights in Addiction Psychiatry
  • Journal Club:
  • Professional Development:  Fellow are expected to engage in scholarly activity during their fellowship. Potential activities include: curriculum development, quality improvement, academic manuscript authorship, and formalized research (qualitative or quantitative). Our fellows will have the opportunity to design and carry out their own projects or join ongoing projects, with guidance and mentorship from our faculty.

Application Process

The Boston University Medical Center’s Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship accepts the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (APM) Common Application.

Completed applications, including reference letters (please refer to application for instructions), are due no later than October 31 for fellowship positions in the following academic year. Applicants are invited to interview from September through late November, and positions are offered through the NRMP Match process.

The application form can be downloaded here:

Inquiries and applications should be directed to:

Dr. Isidore Berenbaum, M.D.
Boston Medical Center
720 Harrison Ave
Suite 7600
Boston, MA 02118
Telephone: (617) 638-8670
Fax: (617) 638-8724
Email: bbq@bu.edu