Information for Applicants

Qualification of Candidates

All candidates must have completed an approved residency in psychiatry prior to entering the program. Fellows must obtain a license to practice medicine in the State of Maryland and must be able to meet the credentialing standards of the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center. Our three training positions provide experience in all ACGME civil and criminal content areas with an opportunity for specific training in juvenile evaluations for applicants with child and adolescent psychiatry qualifications.

Accreditation

The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Research and Training

Fellows are responsible for development and completion of either a research project or scholarly paper. This endeavor is supervised by Dr. Janofsky. Fellows are allotted 6-10 hours per week for this. Fellows are also responsible for teaching and supervision of PGY-III and IV psychiatry residents, as well as medical students on forensic rotations from the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins and Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital Programs.

University of Maryland Law School

Fellows are allowed to audit one course at the Law School, usually criminal law or criminal procedure. As time permits, fellows may audit other relevant courses. Fellows also participate in a mock insanity trial at the University of Maryland Law School through the Mental Disability and Criminal Law course.

University of Baltimore Law School

Fellows participate as mock expert witnesses in the Malpractice Trial Practice Course. Activities include review of case records, conferences with student lawyers, and testimony in a mock deposition and trial in Circuit Court.

Course Work

There is a weekly 90 minute forensic seminar at the court house with presentations from faculty members, attorneys, and forensic specialists, covering in-depth topics relevant to forensic psychiatry. This is followed by a 90 minute case conference or journal club. At Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, there is a bi-weekly Forensic Case Conference, usually two hours long, in which forensic evaluation cases are presented by the fellows to hospital forensic staff. The fellows use comments received in these case discussions for their written reports.

Private Practice

The fellows are encouraged to participate in forensic evaluations at the private offices of the faculty. Typically these are civil case evaluations. Fellows will be asked to review case materials, present at mock trial depositions and write reports for several of these cases throughout the year. The fellows also attend depositions and trials in which the faculty appear.

Manfred Guttmacher Educational Fund

The fellows perform private civil law evaluations on a sliding-scale fee as opportunities arise. The fees are paid to the Educational Fund, which supports fellowship travel and library resources.

Funding

The current stipend is approximately $65,118 per year. Fellows also receive financial support to attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and enroll in the AAPL Board Review Course.

Malpractice Insurance

Malpractice insurance is provided through the University of Maryland Medical System.

Further Information

If you have any questions, please contact Anne Hanson, M.D., at (410-724-3149) at Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, 8450 Dorsey Run Road, Jessup, Maryland 20794. An application for the fellowship program can be downloaded here.

Applicants are encouraged to have all application materials submitted by July 31st. Interviews take place from April to mid-October and interview slots will only be offered to those with completed application packets. Late applications will be considered but are not guaranteed interviews. Incomplete applications will not be considered.                   

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