Teaching Sites - Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Medical Office of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City | Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center | Maryland Reception Diagnostic and Classification Center | Carroll County Detention Center | Private Practice Experience | Research Experience | University of Maryland School of Law
Fellows, under the supervision of Drs. Janofsky, Fey, Tellefsen, and Oglesby, evaluate persons referred by District and Circuit Court Judges for criminal competency and responsibility, sentencing, and juvenile waiver hearings. Additionally fellows evaluate persons referred for civil matters including guardianship, and work capacity. Fellows help supervise University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University general psychiatry residents and medical students at this site. Fellows spend at least nine hours per week at the Medical Office participating in court ordered evaluations and attending didactic seminars.
Perkins is Maryland's only maximum security psychiatric hospital. Fellows, under the supervision of Dr. Hanson, and Dr. Kim-Lee, act as primary evaluators for persons committed to Perkins for evaluation of criminal competency and responsibility. Fellows write detailed pre-trial evaluations and are available to testify in Maryland Courts to defend their opinions.
At the Maryland Reception Diagnostic and Classification Center fellows perform intake diagnostic evaluations and medication management for prisoners newly transferred to the Division of Correction. They work under the supervision of Dr. Hanson one afternoon a week, and are supervised on site.
Fellows rotate for six months at the Carroll County Detention Center where they perform initial assessments, evaluate for safety and provide ongoing medication management and treatment. They rotate with Dr. Goldberg one afternoon a week and receive on-site supervision.
Dr. Blumberg meets regularly with the fellows to focus primarily on civil issues in forensic psychiatry. Topics include personal injury, workers compensation, harassment and discrimination, medical malpractice, civil competency and guardianship, testamentary capacity and disability. Instruction is by way of lecture, case presentation and observing evaluations as well as deposition and court testimony. The fellows will learn about the basics of setting up a private forensic practice. They will also be exposed to a variety of criminal matters not regularly dealt with in other areas of the program, including confessions, mens rea defenses, the Battered Woman Syndrome and mitigation in capital sentencing.
Under the supervision of Dr. Janofsky and other faculty members, fellows have the opportunity to participate in forensic psychiatric research or to review a relevant area of the forensic psychiatric literature. Over the years, fellows have presented their work at the annual AAPL meeting, and have published their work in peer-reviewed journals.
Fellows have the opportunity to audit law school courses at the University of Maryland and to participate as witnesses in trial practice classes at the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore Law Schools.
Applicants are encouraged to visit the program for further information about each rotation site.