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Women's Mental Health Fellowship

WMH fellowship: Please email wmhfellowship@bwh.harvard.edu for more information on applying.

WMH Fellowship AY 2020-2021 brochure

About the Fellowship

The fellowship in Women's Mental Health at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, provides exciting subspecialty training opportunities for residents interested in the ways sex and gender can exert a major influence on the course, expression and treatment of psychiatric disorders. The purpose of the fellowship is to train expert clinicians in the psychiatric care of women, and in the assessment and treatment of psychiatric symptoms linked with female reproductive cycle transitions.

Fellowship Information

Fellowship Faculty
  • Dr. Leena Mittal. Program Director, Women's Mental Health Fellowship Program
  • Dr. Polina Teslyar. Co-Director, Women's Mental Health Fellowship Program
  • Dr. Margo Nathan. Co-Director, Women's Mental Health Fellowship Program
Goals

The goal of the fellowship is to train leaders in women's mental health to adeptly treat women with psychiatric disorders by understanding the following concepts and developing the following skills:

  • Acquire expertise in treating psychiatric disorders associated with the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, the postpartum period, and menopause transition, as well as hormonal treatments.
  • Understand the influence of sex and gender on the expression of major psychiatric illnesses, and the treatment implications of these influences.
  • Understand the influence of sex and gender on medical and gynecologic disorders, as they relate to co-morbid psychiatric symptoms and emotional reactions.
  • Develop an in-depth appreciation of the influence of sociocultural gender roles on psychopathology.
Clinical Sites

Primary Sites:

  • Women's Mental Health Service at Brigham Psychiatric Specialties: An outpatient service offering consultation, diagnostic evaluation, pharmacotherapy and brief psychotherapy for women with reproductive-related psychiatric or psychological symptoms.
  • Reproductive Psychiatry Consultation Service: A service embedded within medical psychiatry. This service provides consultations to inpatients on the BWH obstetrics and gynecological floors.
  • Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Program (MCPAP for Moms): A state wide service that provides real-time, perinatal psychiatric consultation and resource and referral for obstetric, pediatric, primary care and psychiatric providers to effectively prevent, identify, and manage their pregnant and postpartum patients' mental health and substance use concerns.

Secondary Sites:

  • Women's Mental Health Service at the Gretchen and Edward Fish Center for Women's Health: A service that offers comprehensive outpatient mental health care as part of an integrated, multidisciplinary program including primary care and other specialty care services.
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital Ambulatory Obstetrics Practice: A service that offers comprehensive outpatient mental health care as part of an integrated, multidisciplinary practice.
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Directly embedded multidisciplinary services. Mental health services for parents with babies admitted to the NICU.
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Women's Psychosocial Oncology Services: The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Psychosocial Oncology Department offers psychopharmacology, cognitive-behavioral and problem-focused psychotherapy to women experiencing cancer-related issues such as emotional distress, cognitive changes, body image changes, sexual health, relationship concerns, parenting concerns, existential concerns and grief.
  • McLean Hospital: As part of this elective the fellow will be involved/participate in psychiatric units designed to treat women with eating disorders, trauma disorders, and borderline personality disorder.
  • Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Psychiatric Clinic: Offers consultation, diagnostic evaluation and treatment for women who are struggling with difficult emotional reactions to infertility and its treatment or women who have mental health problems and infertility. Patients are treated through infertility work up and treatment, pregnancy and postpartum.
Education

Didactics:

  • Weekly Women's Mental Health Rounds: A one hour-long multi-disciplinary case conference during women’s mental health trainee clinic. Which the fellow has an opportunity to discuss cases and review literature. Rounds also gives the fellow an opportunity to teach trainees at various levels of learning.
  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Didactics: The fellow is welcome to join our consultation liaison fellows on Friday mornings for didactic learning.

Supervision:

  • The fellow has approximately 2-4 hours of individual supervision per week with the core faculty of the fellowship. More supervision is available with adjunct faculty, as determined by fellows interest.

Academic Project:

  • This fellowship emphasizes clinical experience, but also includes a scholarly project, the nature and scope of which depends on the fellow's interests. These projects can range from conducting an independent research project and publishing the results, to collaborating on an ongoing research project, to co-authoring a journal article or book chapter, to peer-reviewing others' research or publishing a book review. For those who are interested, there may be an opportunity to expand the academic project to include a larger amount of protected research time throughout the course of the fellowship. Those fellows anticipating a career in academic psychiatry will be encouraged to submit a paper for publication and/or present at a regional or national conference.

Evaluation:

  • Fellows will meet weekly with their supervisor at the clinical sites for case review as well as general feedback. These weekly meetings also provide an opportunity for discussion of strengths and weaknesses and to formulate constructive plans for improvement, and meeting fellows' career goals. More formal career mentorship and counseling will occur between the Fellowship Director and the fellow as the year progresses. At the conclusion of the fellowship the program supervisor fills out a formal written review that evaluates the skills and attitudes of the fellow. Fellows will also have an opportunity to provide feedback about their experience through evaluation forms of the program and faculty. The feedback gathered from these evaluations is discussed at the next quarterly meeting of the program leadership and used to adapt and improve the program year to year.

Fellowship Structure:

This is a full-time clinical fellowship. The fellowship begins July 1st and lasts one full calendar year.

Fellowship Benefits:

The fellowship offers generous benefits options. Fellows are given four weeks of vacation time, three days for educational pursuits.

Academic Appointment:

Successful applicants must qualify for a Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital clinical appointment.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis starting May 1st until the position is filled.

Eligibility: Applicants must have completed or plan to complete an ACGME-accredited psychiatry residency by the fellowship start date (July 1), and must be able to be licensed to practice medicine in Massachusetts by the start date.

To apply: submit the application requirements listed below to the Fellowship Coordinator.

Email: wmhfellowship@bwh.harvard.edu

Address: Women's Mental Health Fellowship
Att: Fellowship Coordinator
60 Fenwood Road
Boston, MA 02115

Application requirements:

  • A completed application (click here)
  • CV
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE results
  • Three letters of recommendation
Faculty and Clinical Staff
  • Cindy Liu, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Departments of Newborn Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Director of Developmental Risk and Cultural Resilience within the Department of Newborn Medicine. Research focus on stress and mental health across the lifespan, with attention to race and ethnic disparities.
  • Florina Haimovici MD, Director of Reproductive Endocrinology, and Infertility Psychiatric Clinic. Director for Education in Medical Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.
  • Fremonta Meyer, MD, Areas of Clinical Expertise within WMH: Women’s Cancers, Menopause; Director, Medical Student Education in Psychiatry; Associate Director, Consultation-Liaison
    Fellowship; Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Hadine Joffe MD, MSc, Executive Director, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology. Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Paula A. Johnson Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School
  • Kate Salama, MD, Psychiatrist, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s/Faulkner Hospitals.
  • Lorna Campbell, LICSW, Social Work Manager, Psychiatric Specialties, Behavioral Neurology & The Fish Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital

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