The Division of Psychosomatic Medicine offers an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program. 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 in interdisciplinary settings. They are comfortable helping patients with complex medical problems that may exacerbate, or be exacerbated by, psychiatric symptoms. This Division provides consultation to the medical and surgical inpatient services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, and Prentice Women’s Hospital.
In addition to providing evaluation and recommendations for patients with a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses, our faculty includes individuals with special expertise in the areas of Women's Health, Psycho-Oncology, Substance Abuse, Organ Transplantation, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Forensic Psychiatry. Our goals are to provide comprehensive biopsychosocial diagnosis and treatment recommendations, to work closely with the primary medical and surgical teams to maximize patient holistic recovery, and to assist all members of medical and surgical teams to work effectively with all types of patients.
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 develop fellows into 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 inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical settings
- Collaborating effectively with providers from a broad range of primary care and specialty settings
- Understanding the relationship between biopsychosocial factors and medical illness
- Appreciating the range, context and rationale for each individual’s response to illness
- Advocating for holistic assessment and recovery
- Leading an integrated psychosocial health-care team
Psychosomatic Medicine fellows provide psychiatric services to all other Northwestern University departments, including internal medicine, general surgical services, intensive care units, rehabilitation medicine, oncology, general and specialty surgery, transplant, Prentice Women’s hospital, and neurology.
Clinical training includes extensive experience in medically oriented psychiatric consultation to gain the skills and experience necessary to evaluate and treat complex psychological problems. The curriculum consists of inpatient rotations in the general medical and surgical setting of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Integrated Care, as well as several longitudinal outpatient experiences.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Inpatient Med/Surg Consultation
- Psycho-Oncology Clinic
- Liver Transplant Center
- RIC Integrated Pain Management Program
- RIC Traumatic Brain Injury Service
- Palliative Care Consultation Service
- Collaborative Care initiative with General Internal Medicine
- Outpatient Psychosomatic Medicine Clinic
The fellowship does not include any weekend or after-hours call. Moonlighting opportunities are available at several other institutions in the Chicago area.
Fellows are encouraged to participate in the rich academic environment of Northwestern University. Program-specific learning experiences include:
- Weekly individual didactics
- Psychosomatic service weekly journal club
- Individual weekly supervision with an independent supervisor
- Bedside rounds with a diverse group of learners, including medical students, junior and senior psychiatry residents, neurology residents, Fellows from other psychiatry subspecialties and palliative care, psychology students and
- Access to weekly Psychiatry Departmental Grand Rounds, health system Ethics conferences, quality improvement projects, and an array of academic and research projects.
- Extensive opportunities for teaching, including medical students, residents, trainees from other disciplines, and interdisciplinary teaching of psychologists, physician assistants, and nursing staff.
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