Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

Christina L. Wichman, DO, FAPM

Associate Professor
Training Program Director, Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship
cwichman@mcw.edu | (414) 955-8957

HRC This one-year, ACGME-accredited psychosomatic medicine fellowship through the Medical College of Wisconsin is for individuals who would like advanced education in Psychosomatic Medicine in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Psychosomatic Medicine psychiatrists are psychiatrists who have special training and experience in evaluating and treating patients who are referred from other physicians or who are cared for in integrated practice settings. They are very comfortable helping patients who have complex or severe medical or surgical problems that may exacerbate or be exacerbated by psychiatric issues. Additional information regarding the field of Psychosomatic Medicine can be found at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

The goal of this program is to train fellows to become knowledgeable, astute and compassionate physicians with unique expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex psychiatric disorders in complex medically ill patients.

As a Psychosomatic Medicine Fellow, you will provide psychiatric services to all other medical and surgical departments within Froedtert Hospital (FH)  and the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center (VAMC), including Internal Medicine and medical sub-specialties, neurology, surgical services, intensive care units, and rehabilitation medicine.

Accreditation

The Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We recently received 5-year accreditation by the ACGME.

Certifications

After successful completion of the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Program, fellows will be able to take the Psychosomatic Medicine certification examination offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).

Program History

The Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin was established in 2010; our first fellows entered in the program in June 2011. We have two (2) positions within the fellowship and accept ongoing applications. Typically, interviews take place in the fall for the upcoming academic year. Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and abides by regulations as outlined by the NRMP. 

Faculty


Froedtert Hospital (FH) Consultation-Liaison Faculty

    VA Medical Center (VAMC) Consultation-Liaison Faculty

        Clinical Training

        Fellows receive extensive experience in medically-oriented psychiatric consultation in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Fellows will gain the skills and experience necessary to independently evaluate and treat complex psychological problems.

        Required Rotation Descriptions


        Inpatient Consultation Service: FH
        Froedtert Hospital (FH), a 400-bed private hospital, the primary teaching hospital of the Medical College of Wisconsin, serves as the venue for one of the main inpatient psychiatry consultation-liaison (C/L) rotations. The psychiatric consultation service at FH sees approximately 1,000 new consults each academic year. Fellows will present and discuss all new and follow-up cases seen in clinical supervision with attending PM psychiatrists. Daily clinical rounds and supervision with attending PM psychiatrists provide a great deal of clinically relevant education as fellows will see a wide variety of complex patients experiencing significant medical, surgical and psychiatric comorbidity. Fellows will learn to appreciate and integrate the conceptual models of care of individuals suffering from comorbid conditions. Additionally, all team members participate in weekly bedside round for additional learning opportunities. Fellows will also work closely and supervise general adult psychiatry residents (PGY III) and medical students.

        Inpatient Consultation Service: VAMC
        The VA Medical Center (VAMC) serves as the other venue for the main inpatient psychiatry consultation-liaison (C/L) rotations. The psychiatric consultation service at VAMC sees approximately 55 new consults per month. Fellows will present and discuss all new and follow-up cases seen in clinical supervision with attending PM psychiatrists. Daily clinical rounds and supervision with attending PM psychiatrists provide a great deal of clinically relevant education as fellows will see a wide variety of complex patients experiencing significant medical, surgical and psychiatric comorbidity. Fellows will learn to appreciate and integrate the conceptual models of care of individuals suffering from comorbid conditions. Fellows will also work closely and supervise general adult psychiatry residents (PGY III), senior neurology residents, and medical students.

        Elective Rotations

        Psychosomatic Medicine fellows have 2-3 half-days per week to participate in elective rotations of their choosing. The fellow has the opportunity to select from several different elective rotations at various clinical sites.

        FH

        • Neuropsychiatry
        • Psycho-oncology
        • Perinatal Psychiatry
        • Transplant Psychiatry

        VAMC

        • Mental Health Urgent Care
        • Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service

        Community Memorial Hospital

        • Inpatient Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

        Aurora

        • Eating Disorders
        • Addications
        • Inpatient Consulation-Liaison Psychiatry

        AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

        • HIV/AIDS Psychiatry

        Didactic Training

        The educational program consists of daily rounds, seminars, and formal and informal case discussions. Daily interaction between the program faculty and fellows will result in a close working relationship and a dynamic learning environment. In addition to daily informal education, the fellow will also participate in the following:

        • Weekly Psychosomatic Medicine Didactics
          • This includes 40 topics taught by several different psychiatry, medicine and surgical faculty, as well as several sessions co-taught by psychiatry and medicine faculty.
        • Weekly Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Grand Rounds
        • Monthly Journal Club: Combined with Geriatrics Fellowship
        • Participation in the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine annual meeting

        Research Training

        Research opportunities at the Medical College of Wisconsin are abundant. Due to the wealth of patient material, prospective or retrospective investigations are possible. Fellows have the opportunity to work with established clinical researchers on ongoing projects, as well as develop independent research projects. Fellows are required to complete at least one academic project by the end of their fellowship; this may include a Grand Rounds presentation, national presentation or publication.

        Questions?

        We would love to hear from you!  Please direct any questions to either Dr. Christina Wichman or Beverly Pernitzke.

        Contact Us

        Mailing Address

        Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
        The Medical College of Wisconsin
        8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
        Milwaukee, WI 53226

        Physical Location and Address

        Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
        Tosa Center, Third Floor
        1155 N. Mayfair Rd.
        Milwaukee, WI 53226

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        Beverly Pernitzke, C-TAGME
        Fellowship Education Coordinator I
        Psychiatry Fellowship Programs
        bpernitz@mcw.edu
        (414) 955-7240
        (414) 955-6299 – Fax

        Medical College of Wisconsin
        8701 Watertown Plank Road
        Milwaukee, WI 53226
        414-955-8296
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