This fellowship focuses on the relationship between psychiatry and the law (civil, criminal, and administrative) through evaluation and treatment of incarcerated adults and juveniles, report writing (such as for competency and sanity evaluations), consultations, didactics, and research opportunities. At the completion of training, fellows will be eligible for board certification in the subspecialty of Forensic Psychiatry through the American Board of Preventative Medicine.

  • Rotations are at Ohio’s only maximum security hospital, the Timothy B. Moritz Forensic Unit at Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Corrections Reception Center (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction), Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and Netcare Forensic Center.
  • Fellow will evaluate defendant and write reports, such as in competency restoration cases, as well as questions of insanity at the time of the accused crime.
  • They also provide inpatient and outpatient treatment for those in maximum security forensic units, as well as outpatient treatment for mentally ill offenders who have worked their way through the hospital system.
  • Juvenile offender evaluations may involve appropriateness of bind-over to adult court and treatment recommendations to the court.
  • Civil cases include fitness for duty, disability, malpractice and consults for challenging patients other physicians.
  • Interested fellows can also advocate and work on policy at the state level through the Ohio Department of Mental Health.

Application Process

The Forensic Psychiatry fellowship runs every year from July to June. Applications for the upcoming year will be accepted beginning July 1st. Two fellows are accepted each year.

  • Candidates must be in their final year of residency or have completed a residency in an ACGME-accredited program in any medical specialty and obtain an unrestricted Ohio medical license.
  • To apply, please send a letter of interest/personal statement, curriculum vitae, two writing samples (preferably case write-ups or psychiatric evaluation reports), official USMLE score (or a certified copy of USMLE scores), copy of medical school diploma, official medical school transcript, and three letters of recommendation, including one from your residency training director to:

    Melissa Stahr
    melissa.stahr@osumc.edu
    The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
    1670 Upham Drive
    Columbus, OH 43210-1250
    614-293-8282
    Fax: 614-293-4200

Fellowship Director

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Douglas Misquitta, MD

Director, Forensics Psychiatry Fellowship

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