The Division of Psychosomatic Medicine Psychiatry (also known as Consultation-Liaison) offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in psychosomatic medicine psychiatry. Graduates of the 12-month program satisfy all requirements and are eligible to take the ABPN subspecialty certification examination.
Psychosomatic Medicine psychiatrists have special training and experience in evaluating and treating patients who are referred from other physicians. They are very comfortable helping patients who have complex or severe medical or surgical problems that may exacerbate or be exacerbated by emotional problems. This Division provides consultation to the medical and surgical inpatient services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Prentice Women’s Hospital.
In addition to providing evaluation and recommendations for patients with a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses, our faculty comprises of individuals with special expertise working with patients in the areas of Women's Health, Psycho-Oncology, Substance Abuse, Organ Transplantation, and Forensic Psychiatry. Our goals are to provide comprehensive biopsychosocial diagnosis and treatment recommendations, to work closely with the primary medical/surgical teams to maximize patient response and recovery, to assist all members of the medical/surgical teams to work effectively with all types of patients, and to assist patients in the transition to appropriate follow up psychiatric care.
The one-year Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Program is for individuals who would like advanced education in Psychosomatic Medicine. The goal of this program is to train fellows to become knowledgeable, astute and compassionate physicians with specialized expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex psychiatric disorders in medically ill patients by:
- Developing advanced skills in providing consultation in medical and surgical settings
- Communicating and collaborating effectively with physicians and allied health professionals from a broad range of primary care and specialty settings
- Better understanding the relationship between biopsychosocial-spiritual factors and medical illness
- Appreciating the range, context and rationale for each individual patient’s response to illness
- Leading an integrated psychosocial health-care team in the medical settings.
Psychosomatic Medicine fellows provide psychiatric services to all other Northwestern University departments, including internal medicine, general surgical services, intensive care units, rehabilitation medicine, transplant surgery, Prentice Women’s hospital, and neurology.
The educational objectives of the program are to develop clinical expertise and, through teaching and liaison efforts, to increase the mental health skills and knowledge of non-psychiatric physicians and medical center staff.
Clinical training includes extensive experience in medically oriented psychiatric consultation to gain skills and experience necessary to treat and evaluate complex psychological problems. Rotations include inpatient medical and surgical consultation in the general hospital, and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Outpatient consultation settings include psycho-oncology, integrated pain clinic, and transplantation psychiatry. In development are also integrated care rotations and HIV psychiatry.
Fellows are encouraged to participate in the rich academic and clinical environment of Northwestern University. Weekly program-specific didactic experiences include:
- Weekly individual didactics
- Psychosomatic service weekly journal club
- Individual weekly supervision with independent affiliated supervisor
- Bedside rounding
- Access to numerous departmental conferences and rounds
Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD
Fellowship Director, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Contact Fellowship Program Coordinator Sandra Downey for more information about the Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship.
Meet the Faculty
Learn more about our doctors via faculty profiles:
Stephen Dinwiddie, MD
Mehmet Dokucu, MD, PhD
John Franklin, MD
Larry Goldman, MD
Robert Hanlon, PhD
Robert Brett Lloyd, MD, PhD
Lisa J. Rosenthal, MD