Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program Structure

Our Public Psychiatry Fellowship Program is based on the guidelines for developing and evaluating public and community psychiatry training fellowship programs from the American Association of Community Psychiatrists. Your training activities will incorporate these core elements either conceptually, directly, or with modifications.

Field Placement

You will spend about 50 percent of your time in clinical services. For the rest of the time, you will focus on site-based administrative activities and off-site activities.

Didactic Curriculum

You will learn through regularly scheduled lecture topics drawn from the following modules:

  • Psychiatrist administrator
  • History and structure
  • Recovery and rehabilitation
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Community and culture
  • Substance abuse
  • Forensics
  • Research
  • Evaluation

Management Practicum Series

You will learn current issues facing psychiatric medical directors in practice as managers. Together, we will prioritize and analyze problems, managerial styles, and offer solutions and support.

Applied Seminars

As fellows, you will present six seminars through the course of the year, incorporating the congruence model to describe your residency training program and your site at the beginning and again at the end of the year. You will do a fiscal presentation, a systems-based clinical presentation, and a program evaluation/quality Improvement presentation. You will be encouraged to develop projects for scholarly presentation or publication.

Site Visits

You will be encouraged to analyze the background, development, and organization of the various sites, which are typically chosen by the guest speakers or faculty. Sites may include mental health, social service, governmental, and non-profit entities.

Guest Speakers

We invite notable and respected leaders in the public psychiatry field to address such issues as the future of public psychiatry, community treatment after health care reform, and the effectiveness of assertive community treatment.


A clinical supervisor at your field placement site and your academic supervisor will help you to understand and resolve issues as they arise, and to prepare and present your applied seminars.

Professional Development

These activities include networking with outside groups—not only professional psychiatric associations, but also community and advocacy groups. You will be encouraged to develop your clinical skills through elective experiences, your knowledge through continuing education activities, and your organizational skills by holding office.