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Information for Psychiatry Residents

Thank you for visiting the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine website. The Academy is the chief professional organization for psychosomatic medicine (PM), also known as consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatry. The website has some resources which may be of interest to you.

Fellowship Programs. Psychosomatic medicine was recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2004. Board certification in PM requires completion of a one-year accredited fellowship in the field, and passing a written exam in the field. For an overview of the process and the practice of PM, see "Why Consider Fellowship Training in Psychosomatic Medicine?" [PDF]

Fellowship programs in PM are listed on our website in the directory of C-L/PM Fellowship Training Programs in the U.S. There are many programs in all areas of the country, with a variety of different approaches to training. If you are interested in PM, you will have no trouble finding a suitable program. Most applications are submitted in August through October and this is the time that you will have the most choice. Even if you apply later in the year, many programs will still have openings.

Beginning in fall 2013, the fellowship selection process will operate as a match through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and will be similar to the process which you used to match for psychiatry residency.  You will need to register for the psychiatry fellowship match. The NRMP website (www.nrmp.org) has information about the match and has links for you to register. Some advice about the application process is given in the paper, "So, you want to be a Psychosomatic Medicine Fellow?" [PDF].

Commaradarie at the opening reception of the annual meeting
The opening reception is just one of many opportunities at the APM annual meeting to connect with other residents, fellows, and those in their early careers.

Annual Meeting. We also would like to invite you to the annual meeting. Meetings are an excellent way to develop and keep up your medical skills. Our annual meeting occurs each November, and details can be found here. The meeting is large enough to offer a range of talks and workshops, but small enough to retain a collegial and welcoming atmosphere. Last year 110 residents attended, a number which has been increasing each year. There is a discounted registration fee for residents in training. This year's meeting will be held in Tucson, Arizona, November 13–16, 2013.

PM Education. Guidelines for education in PM during residency training in general psychiatry have been developed by our Resident Education Subcommittee, and may be viewed at PM Curriculum for Psychiatry Residency Programs. A set of 13 Powerpoint presentations covering PM topics has been posted. (Viewing the full content of the lectures and website requires membership in the Academy.)

The Resident Education Subcommittee has also prepared a "Reading/Reference List for Psychiatry Residents Rotating in C/L Psychiatry" [PDF] that does not require APM membership to view. "Practice Guidelines for Psychiatric Consultation in the General Medical Setting," published in our journal Psychosomatics in 1998, are relevant still today.

APM Membership. We invite you to join the Academy. Membership includes a print subscription to the Academy's journal, Psychosomatics, as well as online access to this journal and two related Elsevier journals, General Hospital Psychiatry and Journal of Psychosomatic Research. Membership also entitles you to a 25% discount on other Elsevier books and journals, reduced registration at the annual meeting, participation in Academy special interest groups and committees, and other benefits as noted in Membership Advantages. The annual membership fee for residents is $55. To join, see How to Join.

Newsletter for Residents. The Academy also has recently begun producing a newsletter for residents about developments in PM. This newsletter is entitled Frontiers in Psychosomatic Medicine. Our summer issue included a letter about the annual meeting, a case and case discussion, an interview with Don Rosenstein, MD, current president of the Academy, summaries of items in the Academy's journal Psychosomatics and summaries of items elsewhere in the recent literature relevant to PM, and an essay linking PM, film criticism, existentialist philosophy and the DSM-5. To receive this newsletter directly, please click here (your email will be used only for distribution of this newsletter and for no other purpose). The newsletter is emailed to all residency program directors (if you did not receive this, please ask your program director to forward it to residents in your program or provide a list server address to frontiers@apm.org.

Annual Awards. The Academy offers several opportunities for outstanding residents and fellows to be recognized with awards.

  • Trainee Travel Awards. A limited number of monetary awards are given to residents and/or PM fellows to help offset the cost of attending the annual meeting. This meeting is a great opportunity for residents and fellows to get access to groundbreaking information in PM today, as well as to get introduced to the Academy. See Trainee Travel Awards for more information, how to apply, and past winners.
  • Poster session at the annual meeting
    The poster session at the annual meeting gives trainees the opportunity to display their research, practice, and findings.
    Best Trainee Poster Awards. Residents and fellowship trainees presenting posters at the APM annual meeting are eligible for the Best Trainee Poster Awards, presented during the Opening Welcome Reception at the annual meeting. For past trainee poster winners, see 2011 Annual Awards and 2012 Annual Awards.
  • Webb Fellowship Program. The William Webb Fellowship Program was created to foster the career development and leadership potential of advanced residents and PM fellows. The fellowship offers mentoring, networking, and sustained involvement in the organization. For more information, how to apply, and past Webb fellows, see Webb Fellowship Program.

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