The Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship is a 12-month program as defined by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology for certification in the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry, which addresses the interface between law and psychiatry. Fellows are trained to conduct forensic evaluations in civil, criminal and administrative areas of the law, and to provide psychiatric services within correctional settings. 

For example, fellows assist in the assessment of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, psychic injury, mental disability, medical malpractice, involuntary treatment, and cases involving immigration, ethics, and human rights concerns. Fellows may be called upon to perform consultations for the court, attorneys, and other physicians, as well as testify at hearings and trials.

Goals and Objectives
The overall goal of the training program is to prepare the fellow to function independently as a forensic psychiatrist.  The fellow’s competency will be achieved through supervised clinical experiences and didactic instruction by the faculty, and demonstrated by examinations and proficiency in daily work.  The fellows will review and apply basic psychiatric principles, relevant legal concepts, and cognitive skills as they relate to criminal and civil issues in forensic psychiatry, such as the epidemiology, evaluation and treatment of major mental disorders among correctional patients, including those who are charged with committing violent offenses, and among other litigants, including victims of personal injury and disability applicants.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 2
Duration: 12 months
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Health System
  • Miami VA Medical Center

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • University of Miami
  • Miami VA Medical Center; and private practice.

As per ACGME requirements, all applicants must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited psychiatry residency prior to entering the program.

In addition, the following documents are required:

  • Application for graduate medical education at JMH (general application)
  • Personal Statement
  • Transcript of medical school scholastic record
  • Documentation of graduation from medical school
  • Copy of state licenses
  • 3 letters of recommendation, one must be from training director of general psychiatry residency program
  • USMLE exam scores, Steps 1, 2 and 3 must be completed.
  • Valid ECFMG Certificate (Foreign or International Graduates)
  • Visa Status

Application Deadline
January 31st, 2016

Individual supervision, small group seminars, Grand Rounds, didactic lectures, case conferences, as well as scholarly and research participation related to clinical material and basic neurosciences.

Board Exam Requirements
Certified Diplomat of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry and completion of a 1 year ACGME accredited Forensic Psychiatry Training Program.

Educational & Other Experience
Forensic Psychiatry fellows will be supported to attend the annual meeting and review course of the American Academic of Psychiatry and the Law. Fellows will have the opportunity to observe and discuss criminal trials with felony prosecutors, and to participate in the Veterans Justice Outreach program in local jails and courts. The fellows will assist in teaching the psychiatric residency core curriculum course in forensic psychiatry.

Fellows will have protected time in order to conduct an academic project involving research, publication or teaching under the guidance of a faculty mentor. 

Fellows are not on call during the course of their fellowship.

Spencer Eth, M.D.
Program Director

Andrea Santo
Phone: 305-355-8264
Fax: 305-355-7266