The Division of Consultation-Liaison (formerly known as Psychosomatic Psychiatry) 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.
Consultation-Liaison psychiatrists have special training and experience in evaluating and treating patients in an interdisciplinary setting. They are very 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 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, 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 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 Consultation-Liaison Fellowship Program is for individuals who would like advanced education in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. 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 medical and surgical settings
- Collaborating effectively with providers from a broad range of primary care and specialty settings
- Better understanding the relationship between biopsychosocial factors and medical illness
- Appreciating the range, context, and rationale for each individual’s response to illness
- Leading an integrated psychosocial health-care team
Consultation-Liaison fellows provide psychiatric services to all other Northwestern University departments, including internal medicine, general surgical services, intensive care units, rehabilitation medicine, oncology, transplant surgery, 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, 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
- HIV Psychiatry/Addiction Psychiatry
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 rounding
- 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
Director, Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences