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Neuropsychiatry & Clinical Neuroscience

The Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience Fellowship Program (not ACGME-accredited) creates an extra year of fellowship training in clinical neuroscience after completion of a general psychiatry training program. The goal of the fellowship is to give the psychiatrist intensive exposure to new knowledge in translational neuroscience as well as an opportunity to apply that knowledge to clinical cases seen in both inpatient and outpatient settings. There is a growing number of patients who need the care of a specifically trained psychiatrist because their behavioral and emotional issues arise in settings where specific brain-based mechanism of disease are known to be causal.

The fellowship will provide didactic instruction and "hands-on" training in five areas:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of patients with behavioral or emotional symptoms associated with neurobiological disease (e.g., autoimmune conditions associated with antibodies that target brain receptors or enzymes, epilepsy, cerebral vascular accident, traumatic brain injury)
  • Interpretation of neurocognitive assessments
  • Interpretation of neuroimaging, CSF and blood biomarkers of neurobiological disease
  • Neuromodulation
  • Advanced training in translational research methodologies

The fellow will be expected to produce a scholarly product (e.g., paper for publication, application for a K-type grant award) during the course of training. The fellow will be encouraged to form a relationship early with a faculty member with an active research program to produce the scholarly product. Also, the advanced training in translational research methodologies will include classes in clinical study design, biostatistics and data management and interpretation.

Training Schedule

Month Description
July Introduction- Medical record charting, Neuropsychiatric Assessments, Neuroethics (didactic)
August Consultative Neuropsychiatry- general medical and surgical bed consultation
September Consultative Neuropsychiatry- Lurie Cancer Center
October Consultative Neuropsychiatry- Shirley Ryan Ability Lab
November Neurocognitive Assessment- Inpatient
December Neurocognitive Assessment- Outpatient
January Neuromodulation- ECT
February Neuromodulation- rTMS
March Exposure to human neuroimaging and biomarkers research- structured interviewing and analysis
April Exposure to human neuroimaging and biomarkers research- biomarker collection and analysis
May Advanced training in clinical research methodologies- statistics, data management and analysis
June Fellows Choice- Clinical Focus Area. Presentation of Scholarly Product to Fellowship Co-Directors.

Program Director

Michael J. Schrift, DO, MA
Michael J. Schrift, DO, MA

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