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Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship Program

Aspen Ainsworth

Current Fellow:

Aspen Ainsworth, M.D.

The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine prepares Fellows to provide excellent, evidenced-based clinical care to patients with complex medical conditions. The 1-year program, established in 2017, is fully accredited by the ACGME and supports one position per year. Upon successful completion, graduates are eligible to sit for the subspecialty board exam in Psychosomatic Medicine. Inquiries can be directed to the Program Director at mark_nickels@urmc.rochester.edu.

One of the nation’s leading medical centers, the University of Rochester has a long tradition of collaborative and self-reflective practice and educational innovation. The UR’s signature ‘biopsychosocial’ model began developing in the 1950s and was championed by George Engel in his 1977 paper in Science. The model offered a holistic, humane approach to medicine by fully embracing interdisciplinary perspectives, and appreciating the social, cultural, familial, and individual determinants of health and disease long before such emphases were de rigueur. The model produced generations of caring practitioners along with improved patient experiences and outcomes that have become a Rochester distinction, anticipating the interprofessional and patient-centered care models and ideals of today. This history serves as the foundation for the Fellowship.

The Fellowship emphasizes the development of expert clinical skills through a range of consultative and collaborative clinical experiences. The Fellow will receive specialized training in the formulation and diagnoses of problems in medically complex patients, psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions that take into consideration the psychological and social contexts, and the organization and implementation of effective treatment plans. The training will also help Fellows refine their interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with patients and their families, with other healthcare providers, and with multi-disciplinary patient care teams. In the process, Fellows will become familiar with various medical and surgical clinical environments and how to best work with different healthcare systems, while learning about how different systems can affect patient care. Fellows will leave the program with a solid fund of knowledge in psychosomatic medicine.