Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
We offer a one-year clinical fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry. This is a unique opportunity for fellows to develop clinical skills in working with those suffering from substance use disorders and comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions. The primary training sites are the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital and NewStart, a community-based inpatient and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment program. Fellows also rotate at ARC Community Services, Inc. (women), Connections Counseling (young adults), Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois (methadone clinic), Rogers Memorial Hospital (partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient), Tellurian (acute detoxification), and University Health Services (college students).
The fellowship is open to 1-2 qualified candidates per year. Candidates must have completed an ACGME-certified psychiatry residency prior to entering the fellowship. For more information, please contact the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director, Dr. Dean Krahn, and the Program Coordinator, Chelsea Wimmer.
For fellows interested in research: We have worked together with other researchers on the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus to create a combined clinical and a research fellowship, each component of which is distributed over two years.
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
We offer a two-year CAP residency following completion of either three or four years of general Psychiatry residency. Clinical competence and expertise are emphasized in our training program. All clinical activities are formulated within a biopsychosocial and developmental framework. Empirically-based interventions are emphasized. Residents obtain extensive experience in the assessment and multimodal treatment of children and adolescents with a broad range of psychopathology. Outpatient clinic experiences are primarily based within the Wisconsin Psychiatric Institute and Clinics (WisPIC), a large, multidisciplinary outpatient treatment facility. The outpatient clinic experience at WisPIC uniquely provides “live” CAP faculty supervision of all patients seen by residents. CAP residents also participate in nationally-recognized community-based psychiatric programs including trauma-based services for youth, substance abuse treatment, school-based assessment and intervention, among others. Additional experiences include consult-liaison services within the American Family Children’s Hospital and on-site school consultations coordinated with the Madison Metropolitan School District.
Inpatient training occurs in a newly constructed, state-of-the-art, child and adolescent psychiatric hospital that includes separate programming for children and adolescents. Inpatient and outpatient rotations provide multiple opportunities for CAP residents to become involved in teaching and mentoring junior residents, medical students and psychology interns.
For more information, please contact Program Director Brooke Kwiecinski.
Brooke Kwiencinski, MD, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Director, discusses the depth and breadth of training opportunities available in the CAP Fellowship program.
Brooke Kwiecinski, MD, Director of the CAP Fellowship, discusses the strengths and distinctive components of the program.
Ritu Gandhi, CAP Resident, describes her experiences in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship
Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship
Thank you for taking the time to visit the University of Wisconsin’s Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship page. Our program has a lot to offer, and we are dedicated to providing our fellows with excellent training. Our graduated fellows have successfully embraced their identities as geriatric psychiatrists who can help improve the lives of older adult patients and their families, while leading the way to teach others to improve the quality of care for older adults in the community.
The University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital and Clinics Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program (GPFP) began in 1980, making it one of the oldest in the country. The GPFP is a key component of the Madison VA Hospital’s Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC) a National Center of Excellence for the care of older adults within the VA Healthcare System, first established in 1991.
The mission of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program is to provide a collaborative and stimulating environment to train exceptional geriatric psychiatrists.
The program aims of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program are to:
- Recruit fellows who are passionate about patient care, who are collegial, and who are committed to care of older adults.
- Equip fellows with the professional attitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to be proficient in managing the psychiatric and biopsychosocial complexity seen in aging and to do so in a compassionate, high-value, and patient-centered manner.
- Produce clinicians who are excellent communicators and models in engaging patients, family, and other health care professionals in difficult and complex conversations such as patient care preferences, patient autonomy, potential loss of decision-making capacity, care transitions, and managing behavioral challenges associated with both medical and psychiatric conditions common in late-life.
- Prepare trainees to be proficient in interdisciplinary team care including effective participation, collaboration, and leadership of teams across a range of health care settings.
- Develop influential leaders and change agents that can shape the field of geriatric psychiatry in areas of scientific inquiry, quality improvement, teaching and/or program administration, and maintain their acumen by engaging in life-long learning strategies.
- Foster a clinical learning environment that is respectful of individual differences, attuned to personal goals, and supportive of well-being.
We offer an integrated program where geriatric psychiatry fellows and geriatric medicine fellows work closely with each other within interdisciplinary teams, under the clinical supervision of geriatric psychiatry and geriatric medicine faculty, who themselves work and teach in tandem. We share several didactic programs with the UW’s Geriatric Medicine Fellowship. The one-year GPFP provides geriatric psychiatry fellows with opportunities to provide direct care and consultations for patients in a number of different clinical settings. Fellows also have the opportunity to teach medical students, residents and other trainees to hone their skills as clinical educators.
Outpatient sites include: the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinics at the Madison VA Hospital and the VA’s Rockford, IL, site; the geriatric psychiatry consult clinic at UW Station; and the GRECC Memory Assessment Clinic and Geriatric Evaluation and Management (GEM) Clinic at the Madison VA Hospital. Fellows also have the opportunity to train delivering tele-mental health services to older veterans in outlying communities in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Inpatient sites include: the psychiatry unit at the Madison VA Hospital and the Geropsychiatric Treatment Unit at nearby Mendota Mental Health Institute.
Community sites include: Badger Prairie Health Care Center, a 120 bed skilled nursing facility run by Dane County where fellows serve as nursing home consultants. Our fellows learn to conduct home visits, working directly with a geriatric psychiatrist, providing consultative services to older adults in their homes as part of our AGRACE Hospice rotation.
Geriatric psychiatry fellows have ample opportunity to explore electives ranging from basic science to clinical education projects to subspecialty clinical work. For fellows with academic aspirations, there are options for possible 2nd year of research fellowship through Wisconsin’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Research Center.
- Geriatric Psychiatry Rotation Schedule
- Moonlighting opportunities are available upon approval of Program Director
- Our program does not require any call.
- Please visit the UW Health GME Applicant Resource page for additional information regarding stipends and benefits
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Work With Dedicated Faculty:
- Eileen Ahearn, MD, PhD (geriatric, research)
- Naheed Akhtar, MD (inpatient, psychiatric consultation, ECT)
- Steven Barczi, MD (geriatric medicine, sleep)
- Lisa L. Boyle, MD, MPH (geriatric, psychiatric consultation)
- Tony Braus, MD (palliative care/hospice, home visits)
- Carey Gleason, PhD (memory care, neuropsychology)
- Daniel Goldman, MSW (geriatric social work, psychotherapies)
- Timothy Howell, MD (community consultation, geriatric)
- Philip Lomas, MD (state hospital inpatient geriatric psychiatry)
- Teresa Swader, MSW (geriatric social work)
- Lynn Verger, MD (geriatric, LTC consultation)
- Art Walaszek, MD (clinical education, geriatric)
Geriatric Psychiatry Fellows:
Current Fellow 2018-2019:
Having my grandparents in my life growing up and working as a CNA at a skilled nursing facility prior to medical school helped to shape my interest in working with older adults. I knew psychiatry was my aim early on in medical school, but as a fourth year student I was able to complete a geriatric psychiatry elective which helped solidify my plans for fellowship. My resolve to train in geriatric psychiatry was strengthened and renewed through participation in the 2016 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry annual meeting as a Geriatric Mental Health Foundation Honors Scholar. I have seen first hand the need for geriatric psychiatrists in my medical training and as I’ve helped my own grandparents navigate the health care system. I can’t wait to join the ranks and serve older adults as a geriatric psychiatrist.
Recent Fellows (2017-2018):
Eileen Ahearn, MD, PhD
Medical school: Swarthmore College
Graduate school: UNC at Chapel Hill
Residency: Duke University
Current Employment: Madison VA Hospital, Attending Geriatric Psychiatrist
How to Apply
- Complete the UWHC Graduate Medical Education Application
- Follow these additional instructions: Geriatric Psychiatry Application Checklist
Lisa L. Boyle, MD, MPH
University of Wisconsin Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director
William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
P.O. Box 116A, 2500 Overlook Terrace
Madison, WI. 53705
Phone: 608-256-1901 (ext. 17976)
Chelsea Wimmer, MS
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine and Public Health
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Lisa Boyle, MD, MPH, Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship, discusses clinical training and research opportunities, the value of shared didactics and clinical rotations across disciplines, and community partners that support the training experiences of Geriatric Psychiatry Fellows.
Sleep Medicine Fellowship
The University of Wisconsin (UW) Sleep Medicine Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited program that offers a wealth of opportunities for trainees. Particular strengths of the program are its interdisciplinary faculty, excellent clinical training, and pioneering research programs. The program is affiliated with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and its nationally acclaimed multidisciplinary Sleep Medicine research programs. All applications are accepted through the ERAS/NRMP Specialties Matching Service.
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