The Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service is a collaborative and multidisciplinary team that includes attending psychiatrists, attending psychologists, psychiatry second- and fourth-year residents, third-year medical students, and psychology doctoral interns. We also incorporate a triage nurse certified in addictions and mental health, a licensed clinical social worker, and a nurse practitioner.
We offer psychiatric and psychological consultation to the medically ill patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital and UT Southwestern University Hospitals, as well as provide education, emotional support, and assistance with treatment and discharge planning to the primary care medical teams caring for these patients. The Consult-Liaison Psychiatry team works to ensure positive outcomes for both patients and medical teams.
Involvement in Education and Training
The Consult-Liaison Psychiatry Service offers an ACGME-accredited Psychosomatic Fellowship that combines educational and teaching opportunities with inpatient consultation and ambulatory patient care activities. Fellows are active in the following activities:
- Teaching and supervising residents and medical students
- Conducting didactics and teaching rounds
- Attending departmental and university lectures and conferences
- Providing training and support to inpatient primary care and ancillary care teams
- Addressing complex inpatient consultation and treatment needs.
Involvement in Research
Several members of the Consult-Liaison Psychiatry team have been or are currently involved in on-going research, both within and outside of the Department of Psychiatry. For example, Kimberly Roaten, Ph.D., studies long-term psychosocial outcomes for burn patients, particularly examining psychiatric and psychological co-morbidities in burn patients, reintegration into family, social and work life post-burn injury, and psychological impact of burn injury on body image.
Involvement in Patient Care
Students and residents rotating on the Consult-Liaison Service gain exposure to a diverse patient population, reflecting a variety of ethnic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds. Providers on the Consult-Liaison team receive multiple opportunities to enhance their clinical, social, and teambuilding skills as they serve a patient population that ranges from indigent to affluent, speaks a variety of languages, may present with extremely complicated medical and social histories, and may present myriad challenges that affect the ability to comply with treatment or make effective medical decisions. Providers may address issues of altered mental status, including delirium or psychosis, suicidal ideation, co-morbid substance abuse, or ante and postpartum depression, among others. They may also be called upon to offer invaluable assistance to treatment teams and families facing questions about patient capacity to understand, consent to, or decline recommended treatment strategies.