Community Psychiatry Fellowship

Fellowship in Community Psychiatry

General Overview

Rachel Talley, M.D.

Associate Director
Ashley Un, M.D.

Site Supervisors
Kevin Hails, M.D.
Kathleen Kline, M.D.
Yelena Galkin, M.D.
Sosunmolu Shoyinka, M.D., M.B.A.
Anika Vaughn-Cooke, M.D.
Luis Bird, M.D.

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

All applicants must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME accredited general psychiatry residency prior to starting our program. Prospective fellows must complete all application requirements. J-1 visa holders are eligible to apply to the Community Psychiatry Fellowship, however J-1 visa holders cannot be accepted to the Community Fellowship prior to receiving approval for a University of Pennsylvania Health System Institutional License. 

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 3.5 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, COMHAR,  The Consortium, Inc, and City of Philadelphia Ambulatory Health Services

Health Administration and Financing 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, Supervision, and Capstone Project
Fellows participate in 0.5 day per week of didactics at the University of Pennsylvania and have an additional 0.5 day protected time to design and implement a quality improvement or organizational change project that creates system-level change at their clinical site.

The didactic 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. Didactics are organized into a series of modules. Topics covered include the history of the national and local public mental health systems; financing in the public mental health system; basics of management/administration; social determinants of mental health; evidence-based and recovery-oriented practices; forensic and justice-related systems; and advocacy. The active participation of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Behavioral Health Services and fellowship alumni in this curriculum provides opportunities for fellows to receive substantial leadership-focused mentorship.

We strive to create a creative learning environment with didactic and experiential learning. The curriculum includes instruction on an organizational model, which supports fellows in analyzing their clinical site placement’s operations, identifying areas for improvement, and designing a quality improvement or organizational change project. Examples of prior Capstone Projects include:

  • Design and implementation of process improvements to increase rates of Narcan dispensing at an outpatient medication-assisted treatment (MAT) program.
  • Design and implementation of an interactive training to increase staff knowledge of violence risk assessment.

Salary and Benefits
Fellows receive an annual salary of $95,000 plus full benefits furnished by the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to salary, Fellows, receive $2500 annually in professional development funds for professional memberships, conferences, educational materials, etc. The Fellowship does not have weekend or evening call responsibilities, and Fellows are permitted to optionally pursue moonlighting opportunities. 

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 2024-2025 academic year, the deadline for submission of application materials is October 31, 2023.  Early applications are encouraged as applicants will be accepted into the program on a rolling basis. J-1 visa holders are requested to submit application materials by August 1, 2023 to allow adequate time for consideration for an Institutional License. Late applications will be considered pending position availability; please contact the Program Director directly at to inquire about open positions if you are interested in applying after the deadline.

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

Linda Ramos
Program Coordinator
Phone: 215-746-7248

Rachel Talley, M.D.
Program Director
Phone: 215-386-3838 ext. 12122

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