Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship Curriculum

Collaboration and Diverse Learning Approaches at University Hospitals Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship

In collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, the Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship Program at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center utilizes a diversity of approaches to learning and teaching.

While some material is presented in a more traditional didactic format, we emphasize an active learning approach that includes:

  • Assigned reading
  • Debates
  • Games and exercises
  • Group projects
  • Immersive project participation
  • Small group discussion
  • Workshops

Along with material covered in class, fellows within the public and community psychiatry program also participate in a guided leadership development experience that includes:

  • 360-degree interviews
  • Developing a personal vision statement and personal changes plan
  • Meyers-Briggs testing and analysis

All of these leadership development experiences are done with the goal of clarifying each fellows’ individual strengths and goals, which will serve as a foundation for building their careers.

Didactic Content Provide Success in Clinical Practice and Leadership

Didactic content covers a variety of topics that are important for successful clinical practice and leadership in public and community settings, including:

  • Addictions
  • Advocacy
  • Change management
  • Effective, resonant leadership program development, implementation and evaluation
  • Health economics and finance
  • Integrated care
  • Patient-centered, recovery-oriented care
  • Poverty, homelessness and social determinants
  • Psychosocial interventions
  • Population Health
  • Role theory and key roles in public mental health
  • Special populations and cultural competency
  • The history and structure of public mental health
  • The intersection between the criminal justice system and mental illness

Field Placements Help Identify Optimal Career Path

The Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship seeks to help fellows identify jobs that optimize their opportunity to learn.

Many of our fellows come to us already occupying the job or jobs they want; others already have something in mind. Many fellows, however, are still unsure; in which case, faculty helps guide them through the process of identifying potential placements that make sense for them.

The field placement opportunities for our public and community psychiatry graduates are as diverse as the potential jobs available where the fellow intends to work.

With more than 50 fellowship graduates, we have had fellows in nearly 30 different placements throughout the state and have many other potential sites available.

Core to our philosophy around matching fellows with placements is that these placements are longitudinal throughout the year, and we encourage fellows to avoid more than two different placements. This provides fellows the opportunity to have an immersive amount of time in a small number of environments so that they can better apply concepts learned in didactics.

Distance Learning through HD Video and Audio Technology

Over the past four years, we’ve added the capacity to include fellows from remote locations around the state of Ohio for whom commuting to didactics every week would be unrealistic.

Fellows can participate in didactics from remote sites using high definition video and audio technology. In order to make sure that our distance fellows still get to know the rest of the class, we offer opportunities for distance fellows to attend in-person, day-long seminars several times annually.

If you have questions about the distance-learning option, please contact us for more details.

Combined Training Opportunities

In an increasingly complicated world, we regularly encounter fellows with an interest in more than one fellowship.

Within the Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship curriculum, we can adapt the experience to run concurrently with other fellowships.

We have had fellows in the past who have concurrently participated in fellowships in:

If you have further questions about combining another fellowship with this one, please contact us for details.

Collaborative Practice and Nurse Practitioners

One of our core philosophical principles is that clinicians will increasingly practice in interprofessional teams and their capability around team-based practice and leadership will increasingly drive their value. Yet, most training provides only cursory exposure to students from other professions.

To fill this void, we’ve opened our community psychiatry fellowship to advanced practice registered nurses as well, who participate in the fellowship side-by-side and equally with physicians. Since that time, we have observed that our fellows have learned tremendously from occupying the same space and wrestling with the same material across professional lines.

For those interested in learning more about our collaborative learning model, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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