Forensic Psychiatry

In their second year, fellows spend one-half day/week for 4 months at the Bernalillo County Youth Services Center (BCYSC). The Center is a locked facility housing juvenile offenders, and is located approximately two miles from the UNM campus. The clinical population at BCYSC is approximately 90% male and presents with the multiple psychiatric and psychosocial problems typical of a conduct-disordered population. The patients are referred by BCYSC medical or social work staff for assessment of acute psychiatric syndromes (depression, psychosis, etc.) and/or behavioral problems on the unit.

All fellows receive didactic training in research methodology, participate in journal club, teach (medical students and other trainees), and have the opportunity to do a research elective for ½ day per week for 4 months in their second year.

The academic/research track offers interested fellows the opportunity to devote additional time to research and/or teaching beginning in their first year

Assessments include:

  • diagnostic impressions
  • development of focused treatment interventions
  • initiation of pharmacotherapy.

Fellows see patients both with attending physicians and independently, and receive one hour of supervision per week during the rotation.