Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Director: Bipin Subedi, MD
Associate Director: Rebecca Lewis, MD

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About the Program

The NYU Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited one-year full time program designed to develop proficiency in all aspects of forensic psychiatric practice: evaluation, report writing, courtroom testimony and treatment in correctional settings. Fellows participate in supervised clinical experiences in four principal rotations, each lasting three months. These rotations include a court-based evaluation clinic, an acute psychiatric unit for pre-trial detainees, a forensic hospital and a mandated outpatient treatment program. Fellows also have part-time supervised clinical rotations in a general forensic psychiatry private practice, which includes exposure to child/adolescent cases. Evaluation, research and teaching skills are emphasized at all of our principal clinical sites. In addition to the didactics described below, fellows participate in a year-long seminar on ethics; a year-long seminar in the basics of law; an original scholarly project that is submitted for Grand Rounds, a Mental Health Disability law class at NYU School of Law, mock trial experiences, and a field trip to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear oral arguments about a mental health case.

Classes and administrative offices are centrally located in Manhattan at Bellevue Hospital Center. Fellows rotate at four primary sites for three months each; all sites are based in New York City and are easily accessible by public transportation. The forensic private practice elective takes place for one half-day for six months in a local private office. Trainees are expected to be at rotation sites from approximately 9am to 5pm daily. Moonlighting is permitted.

Daily Schedule

Fellowship Rotations

Bellevue Hospital Jail Forensic Psychiatry Inpatient Service

This rotation is designed to assist fellows in the development of the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors necessary to competently treat and manage acutely ill psychiatric inpatients who are in the custody of either the New York City Police Department or the New York City Correction Department. The patient population consists of men ages 16 years and older with a wide range of psychiatric disorders including a large percentage of seriously mentally ill, all of whom are facing legal issues at any point from arrest to conviction and sentencing.

Bellevue Hospital Forensic Psychiatry Court Clinic

This rotation aims to teach fellows how to perform comprehensive criminal outpatient forensic examinations and to write concise forensic psychiatric reports for submission to the courts and probation department. The population being evaluated consists of a broad demographic spectrum and wide range of psychopathology; male and female offenders; ages 13 years and older; and a wide variety of often co-morbid psychiatric disorders.

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center (KFPC) is a maximum-security hospital of the New York State Office of Mental Health that provides treatment for insanity acquittees, incompetent defendants, and civilly committed patients who cannot be managed in less secure settings. This rotation helps fellows develop the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and techniques necessary to work with long-term patients in a forensic setting, to assess dangerousness and competency, and to prepare reports for the court.

Manhattan Assisted Outpatient Treatment Program (AOT)

At this rotation fellows are taught to perform comprehensive forensic examinations for individuals referred for court-mandated outpatient treatment pursuant to Kendra's Law in New York State. Testimony is prepared and presented before the Court on each eligible case. The population being evaluated consists of a broad demographic spectrum, a wide range of psychopathology, and male and female offenders.

The Private Practice of Forensic Psychiatry

Fellows spend a half-day a week for six months learning about the private practice of general and child and adolescent forensic psychiatry. Multiple cases are conducted under the supervision of expert faculty. A wide range of evaluations are offered, including: child custody, juvenile justice, criminal responsibility, personal injury, disability, immigration issues, fitness for duty, testamentary capacity, personal injury, guardianship, domestic violence and eyewitness cases.

Didactic Curriculum

The didactic core curriculum includes educational modules on forensic assessment, criminal law, civil law, mental health law, correctional psychiatry, law and the legal system, ethics, child and adolescent forensic psychiatry, special issues in forensic assessment, introduction to forensic research, and forensic practice; seminars on administrative psychiatry, ethical issues in forensic psychiatry, research methodology, and supervision; addiction medicine for forensic psychiatrists; and a journal club that reviews the latest literature on issues and research in forensic psychiatry. One and one-half days per week are dedicated to this robust curriculum; one day of didactics is shared with the other NYC-area forensic psychiatry fellowships and one half-day is reserved for NYU residents only.

Supervision and Mentoring

Forensic Psychiatry Inpatient Program (19W/19N), Bellevue Hospital Center

  • Bipin Subedi, MD, Site Supervisor

Forensic Psychiatry Clinic (FPC)

  • Steven Ciric, MD, Medical Director

Manhattan Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT)

  • Scott Soloway, MD, Director

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center (Kirby)

  • James Hicks, MD, Associate Clinical Director

The Private Practice of Forensic Psychiatry

  • Karen Rosenbaum, MD, Site Supervisor
  • Stephen Billick, MD
  • Eric Goldsmith, MD, Stephen Billick, MD and others

Applying:

There are four positions for each academic year. We look for mature, motivated applicants who have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency prior to entering the program. We consider such factors as one’s writing ability, research experience, leadership potential, flexible temperament, interest in public psychiatry and career goals. We strive for a well-rounded, diverse class with individual strengths in different areas.

The program begins reviewing applications in June and interviews are usually scheduled to take place in July, August and early September. No application is considered for interview until the core application and at least one letter of recommendation have been received. All materials must be received in order to be considered for an offer. Interviews generally take a half day and include meetings with faculty representatives of several different rotations as well as a chance to meet current fellows. Offers are made on a rolling basis, from mid-summer to early fall.

An offer of employment is not final until the fellow has been successfully credentialed by the NYU office of Graduate Medical Education. Terms of employment, including current year salary levels, benefits, duty hours, moonlighting policy, etc., may be found at http://med.nyu.edu/gme/policies-procedures.

NYU currently supports J1 and H1B visa applications.

Application Procedure

Application materials for the upcoming training year may be submitted beginning May 15th, and must be received by August 15th. The complete core application should be emailed in PDF form to Ms. Young-Nuzzi.

  • Please email all core application materials at once
  • Submit to: Tanisha.Young-Nuzzi@nyumc.org
  • The subject line of this email should be: Forensic Fellowship Application [APPLICANT LAST NAME, APPLICANT FIRST NAME]

Core Application:

  1. A completed application form (Download PDF) (Download DOC)
  2. Your curriculum vitae
  3. A personal statement about why you wish to train in this Fellowship (one to two pages)
  4. De-identified clinical or forensic writing sample
  5. Photograph
  6. International medical school graduates must also submit a valid ECFMG certificate and proof of Visa status or US Citizenship.

Letters of Recommendation

  1. A letter from your Residency Training Director
  2. Two letters of reference from persons who are familiar with the nature and quality of your work.
  3. Letters of reference should be submitted directly by their authors to Ms. Young-Nuzzi. Electronic submission in PDF form is preferred.

For more information contact:

Bipin Subedi, MD
Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Bipin.Subedi@nyumc.org

Rebecca Lewis, MD
Associate Director, Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Rebecca.Lewis@nyumc.org

Tanisha Young-Nuzzi, MA
Senior Program Coordinator
NYU School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry, 8th Flr.
1 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016
(646) 754-5438
Tanisha.Young@nyumc.org