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Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program
Welcome from the Director – J. Richard Ciccone, M.D.
The Charles E. Steinberg Fellowship in Psychiatry and the Law began in 1986 and was one of the original eight forensic psychiatry fellowships in the country accredited by the Accreditation Council of Forensic Psychiatry Fellowships. It was one of the initial eleven forensic psychiatry fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 1997. Recently, with respect for our traditions and values, we have reorganized the program, added a number of excellent faculty members and created a number of new training opportunities. The program is a one-year, post-residency training program for psychiatrists planning careers in forensic psychiatry, and leads to eligibility for Added Qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. This fellowship is open all who have completed an ACGME accredited general psychiatry residency program.
Welcome from the Co-Director – R.P. Singh, M.D.
As a graduate of the Fellowship, it was an honor for me to join the faculty in 1992. In my role as Chief Psychiatrist at Rochester Regional Forensic Unit at Rochester Psychiatric Center, I have the pleasure of working very close with our Fellows. Over the years, I have enjoyed having had the opportunity to spend time, both formally as well as informally, with the Fellows to discuss clinical and forensic issues. The Fellows over the years have found time spent on the Forensic Unit to be quite gratifying. Besides learning to treat forensic population, they are also exposed to the intricacies of learning a forensic hospital where clinical and security issues intertwine and a physician has to balance these two issues to ensure smooth running of a maximum security hospital.
The strength of our program, in my opinion, is the close working relationship between the faculty and the faculty and Fellows. I believe it is important that Fellows should be able to spend a good amount of time working closely with senior faculty members, so that they can learn the subtle practical aspects of forensic psychiatry, which cannot be learned from text books. These are issues that evolve on a day-to-day basis while discussing a case or topic, and lead to discussions which are both theoretical as well as practical. Over the years, we have strived to balance the need to provide our Fellows with enough time and supervision, while at the same time helping them develop independence and learn how to make their own decisions and feel comfortable making those decisions. I find every year to be interesting because we start the year teaching our Fellows how to think critically and make forensic decisions, and by the end of the year, we are able to enjoy watching them make their own decisions. It is around this time that we know that the Fellowship year is about to end, as we have accomplished our tasks together.
Welcome from the Director of Education – Robert Weisman, D.O.
Welcome to the Steinberg Fellowship in Psychiatry and the Law. Your interest in this program is appreciated, and we at the fellowship firmly believe that our unique combination of criminal, civil, public and private adult and child forensic psychiatry opportunities is the right fit for the motivated applicant. As one of the original forensic psychiatry programs recognized by the ACGME, our program has firm roots in the foundation of our discipline. Our continuously evolving curriculum and faculty composition ensure we also remain at the tip of the spear in innovation and research within the various domains of forensic psychiatry. As Director of Education, I heartily welcome any questions about our program.