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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
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Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry

Graduates of the 12-month, ACGME-accredited Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Program satisfy all requirements and are eligible to take the ABPN subspecialty certification examination.

Consultation-liaison psychiatrists have special training and experience in evaluating and treating patients in interdisciplinary settings. They are comfortable helping patients with complex medical problems that may exacerbate, or be exacerbated by, psychiatric symptoms. We provide consultation to the medical and surgical inpatient services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Prentice Women’s Hospital.

In addition to providing evaluation and recommendations for patients with a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses, our faculty includes individuals with special expertise in the areas of women's health, psycho-oncology, substance abuse, organ transplantation, physical medicine and rehabilitation and forensic psychiatry. Our goals are to provide comprehensive biopsychosocial diagnosis and treatment recommendations, to work closely with the primary medical and surgical teams to maximize patient holistic recovery and to assist all members of medical and surgical teams to work effectively with all types of patients.


This an ACGME-accredited training program for individuals who have successfully completed a four-year psychiatry residency program in the United States or Canada. At the current time, the complement for the fellowship is one position.


Applicant to the program must complete a Northwestern University application, which can be accessed at the McGaw website. The application must include the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Photocopy of current state medical license
  • Photocopies of original USMLE examination results, or equivalent
  • Photocopy of ECFMG certificate, if applicable
  • Medical school transcript and MSPE letter (sent directly from the medical school)
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals in your specialty (one from current or previous program director); must be sent directly from the individuals to the program director or program coordinator
  • Photocopies of visa/citizenship papers, if applicable
  • Photocopy of NPI number

 Goals & Objectives

The scope of practice of consultation-liaison psychiatrists includes caring for patients with psychopathology encountered in general-medical settings (e.g., inpatient and outpatient medical-surgical-obstetrical settings).  

The goals and objectives of this program are to provide supervised clinical training in both inpatient hospital and outpatient clinical settings in order for the fellow to acquire the knowledge and skill involving direct patient care as a member of a multidiscipinary healthcare team. Each fellow will acquire specialized skills in the professional development oresponsibility with appropriate, evidence-based, effective treatment for the patient in the advancement of their healthcare.


Fellows are encouraged to participate in the rich academic environment of Northwestern University. Program-specific learning experiences include:

  • Weekly individual didactics
  • Consultation-liaison service weekly journal club
  • Individual weekly supervision with an independent supervisor
  • Bedside rounds with a diverse group of learners, including medical students, physician assistant students, junior and senior psychiatry residents, neurology residents, fellows from other psychiatry subspecialties, anesthesia pain and palliative care and psychology students and LGBT health psychology interns
  • Access to weekly departmental grand rounds, health system ethics conferences, quality improvement projects and an array of academic and research projects
  • Extensive opportunities for teaching, including medical students, residents, trainees from other disciplines, and interdisciplinary teaching of psychologists, physician assistants and nursing staff

 Clinical Experience

Consultation-Liaison fellows provide psychiatric services to all other Northwestern University specialties and locations, including internal medicine, general surgical services, intensive care units, rehabilitation medicine, oncology, general and specialty surgery, transplant, Prentice Women’s Hospital and neurology.

Clinical training includes extensive experience in medically oriented psychiatric consultation to gain the skills and experience necessary to evaluate and treat complex psychological problems. The curriculum consists of inpatient rotations in the general medical and surgical setting of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, as well as several longitudinal outpatient experiences. These include:

  • Inpatient Med/Surg Consultation
  • Psycho-Oncology Clinic
  • Liver Transplant Center
  • AbilityLab Integrated Pain Management Program
  • AbilityLab Traumatic Brain Injury Service
  • Palliative Care Consultation Service
  • Collaborative Care initiative with General Internal Medicine
  • Outpatient Consultation-Liaison Clinic

The fellowship does not include any weekend or after-hours call. Moonlighting opportunities are available at several other institutions in the Chicago area.

Contact Us


For more information, contact Sandra Downey at 312-695-5800.

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