Community Psychiatry Fellowship

Fellowship in Community Psychiatry

General Overview

Director
Rachel Talley, M.D.

Site Supervisors
Kevin Hails, M.D
Larry Real, M.D.
Sosunmolu Shoyinka, M.D., M.B.A.
Kristen Van Zant, M.D.

Duration
The Fellowship in Community Psychiatry is full-time over a 12-month period.

Eligibility
The fellow must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME accredited general psychiatry residency prior to entering the program. Prospective fellows must complete all application requirements.

Clinical Field Placements
The core of the fellowship consists of clinical and administrative work at collaborating public sector agencies in Philadelphia. Fellows provide direct clinical services in recovery-oriented community programs for 35 days per week.  Clinical assignments vary each year are determined based on available clinical work assignments at partnering agencies as well as the fellow's interests.  The fellowship's current affiliated host agencies include Horizon House, Pathways to Housing PA, and COMHAR 

Policy Rotation
Fellows spend 0.5 days per week participating in a policy/administrative rotation at Philadelphia's Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilility Services.  This policy rotation offers a unique opportunity for Fellows to understand the administrative and regulatory context in which Philadelphia's community mental health services operate, including supervision with senior behavioral health officials and policy project work.

Didactics and Supervision
Fellows participate in 0.5 day per week of didactics at the University of Pennsylvania campus, and have an additional 0.5 day protected to work on an independent research or organizational project. The academic curriculum teaches clinical, leadership, and administrative management skills that will provide fellows with the tools and expertise to become part of the next generation of leaders in public psychiatry. Topics covered include the history of the national and local public mental health systems; and review of the intricacies of the social support system for mental health consumers including the housing system, employment supports, financial benefits, etc. The active participation of the city Department of Behavioral Health Services provides opportunities for fellows to be involved in a variety of public policy experiences. We strive to create a creative learning environment with didactic and experiential learning. Fellows are expected to complete an independent research or organizational project as part of the fellowship. A major part of the program is the ongoing support of a community of previous fellows in the mentoring and supervision of new fellows.

Application
To apply for the Fellowship in Community Psychiatry, please complete the application form and send with all supporting materials as indicated on the application form. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the deadline for submission of application materials is September 1, 2021.

Contact Information
For additional information on the Fellowship in Community Psychiatry, please contact:

Linda Ramos
Program Coordinator
Phone: 215-746-7248
Fax: 215-746-7203
lindara@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Rachel Talley, M.D.
Program Director
Phone: 215-386-3838 ext. 12122
rachel.talley@pennmedicine.upenn.edu


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