Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

MSC 09 5030
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Phone: 505-272-6203

BEACON (Outpatient Consult) Clinic

BEACON (Outpatient Consult) Clinic
4 hours per week for 6 months
Location:  Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center
Faculty includes: Cynthia Geppert, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.

The BEACON Clinic is the primary outpatient  consultation clinic for the NM VA Hospital. Fellows follow discharged inpatients they have consulted at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center into the outpatient setting via the BEACON Clinic. They also evaluate patients referred from outpatient primary care and medical specialty clinics at NMVAHCS. Fellows have primary responsibility for assigning appointments to follow-up patients, contacting patients regarding results, medications, referrals and other urgent matters. They also are responsible for communicating pertinent clinical issues to patients’ primary care providers and referral back to the patients’ medical homes for continued treatment if appropriate. 

In addition to follow-up on discharged hospital patients and assessment of medically complicated referrals from clinic, BEACON Clinic provides consultation directly to the emergency department.

Goals of the rotation for fellows include developing expertise in

  • management of complex psychosomatic patients in the outpatient setting
  • pathophysiology of psychiatric symptoms occurring with comorbid medical, surgical, neurological, or obstetric conditions, likely drug-drug interactions, psychological reactions common to these disorders and social and cultural dimensions of these disorders that impact their presentations, treatment, and prognosis
  • psychopharmacological, psychotherapeutic and behavioral interventions for psychiatric symptoms or issues comorbid with medical, surgical, neurological, or obstetric conditions
  • communicating with clinicians, staff and other consultants co-managing patients in the outpatient setting, including:  primary care physicians, specialists, psychologists, physical and occupational therapists, counselors, case managers, social workers, nurses, aides and administrative staff
  • creating a consultative practice in an outpatient setting when patients and the medical system continue to expect extended psychiatric follow-up with only minor demand for assessment