Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

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

Phone: 505-272-6203

Continuity Clinic

4 hours per week for 6 months


Faculty includes: Davin Quinn, M.D., KimothiCain MD MPH, Brant Hager MD, Helene Silverblatt MD

The Continuity Clinic provides fellows exposure to the collaborative care model, where psychiatrists are an integrated part of a multidisciplinary outpatient primary care team.

Fellows evaluate patients referred from outpatient primary care at UNM HSC. Fellows may also follow discharged inpatients they have consulted at UNMH into the outpatient setting. They also evaluate patients referred from outpatient primary care and medical specialty clinics at UNM HSC. 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. Minimum average number of continuous care patients followed is five. 

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