January 22, 2014
Drs. Cynthia Geppert and Davin Quinn announce that the Albuquerque VA will now serve as a site for our fellows to rotate. Dr. Geppert, Professor in our department and Chief of Consultation Psychiatry and Ethics of the NM VA Health Care System and a Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, will serve as site director at the Raymond A. Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center. One of the benefits of the new partnership is that the program will now able to recruit two fellows a year.
“New Mexicans with complicated and intertwined medical and psychiatric illnesses need physicians specifically trained to address their issues,” says Dr. Quinn, Training Director of the Department’s Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship and Medical Director of the Consultation Liaison Service. “This new partnership between the University of New Mexico and the Albuquerque VA brings together the expertise of each institution to focus on training excellent psychosomatic medicine specialists and consultation psychiatrists who will be well equipped to serve this population.”
“The VA has been a training site for both the Addictions and Geriatric Fellowships and we are excited to participate in the training of psychosomatic fellows. Dr. Quinn and I have complimentary specialty areas in neuropsychiatry and internal medicine/ethics respectively and combining the resources of the two hospital systems will enrich and expand the training of fellows,” says Dr. Geppert. At the VA the fellows will have the opportunity to provide consultation and liaison services to the primary care mental health integration program, the Co-Occurring Disorders and Women’s Health Clinics, and the Spinal Cord and Palliative Care units. “These offerings will complement the impressive array of clinical rotations for fellows at UNM, the state’s only level 1 trauma and referral center, including consultation to the Truman Street HIV clinic, Renal Transplantation service, Neurology/Neurosurgery services, and the internationally renowned ECHO telemedicine program,” she says.
Drs. Quinn and Geppert believe that the unique aspects of the joint program will prove attractive to applicants from our own program and wider Southwestern region.