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Fellowship Programs

The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa is proud to offer both ACGME accredited and non-accredited fellowship programs to those interested in further advancing their clinical and research training.

INSPIRE Fellowship

The Iowa Neuroscience Specialty Program in Research Education (INSPIRE) offers four post-doctoral training positions within the University of Iowa’s Department of Psychiatry. The two-year fellowship program is designed to train fellows who are dedicated to a career in neuroscience research. Fellows will have the opportunity to work alongside a University of Iowa senior investigator based on their research interest. Faculty mentors specialize in a wide range of research topics including, neuroimaging, genetics, molecular biology, neuromodulation, cognitive neuroscience, and epidemiology. The program stresses the acquisition and application of research skills in neuroscience technologies to examine the mechanisms, lifetime trajectory, and treatment approaches to major mental illnesses. Learn more about the INSPIRE Fellowship

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Fellowship

The Iowa City Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VA) and the Department of Psychiatry University of Iowa offer a one-year fellowship designed to advance post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research and clinical training among psychiatrists. Fellows work closely with research mentors from the VA and Department of Psychiatry. The primary objective of this training program is to prepare individuals for academically-oriented careers in the following areas: clinical neuroscience research, PTSD treatment, and PTSD mental health services research. Other areas of research will be considered based on the availability of appropriate mentors.

Fellows will devote 75 percent of their time to research and education activities and 25 percent to clinical care. Incoming fellows will be assigned to work with research mentors who best match their research interests. In special cases, a secondary mentor may be designated to advance the fellow's research career and interest. Fellows will work with mentors on ongoing and/or independent research projects, publish and present findings, and prepare applications to funding agencies for research support. Advance clinical training and supervision in evidence-based treatment for PTSD is also provided. Clinical duties are conducted at the PTSD Clinic at the VA. Fellows will benefit from a rich educational and clinical environment at the VA and University of Iowa. For more information, please email Catherine Woodman, MD, or call 1-319-339-7186.

Physician Assistant Training in Psychiatry Fellowship

Iowa, like many other states, is in the midst of a crisis in terms of a shortage of mental health care providers. Because no single strategy is likely to solve this problem, a multi-pronged approach is clearly needed. One piece of the solution is to optimize the quantity and quality of psychiatric extenders, like physician assistants, who can provide psychiatric services in collaboration with psychiatrists. Our one-year program exposes physician assistants who are interested in specializing in psychiatry to a broad array of disorders in a variety of settings, both inpatient and outpatient. For more information, please contact Deb PooleLearn more about the Physician Assistant Training in Psychiatry Fellowship

Consultation-Liaison Fellowship

Consultation-liaison (C/L) psychiatrists are specialty trained physicians with expertise caring for patients with comorbid psychiatric and medical conditions. The primary training sites for our C-L Fellowship are University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the Iowa City VA Health Care System. This one-year fellowship will provide an in-depth, balanced clinical experience with didactics, research, and supervision provided by experts in consultation-liaison psychiatry, internal medicine, and family medicine. Learn more about our Consultation-Liaison Fellowship.

UIHC Addiction Medicine Fellowship 

The University of Iowa Health Care (UIHC) Addiction Medicine Fellowship is a one-year program that provides specialty training in addiction medicine.  This multispecialty subspecialty is open to physicians who have completed residency training in one of eight different primary medical specialties: family medicine, internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, anesthesia, and preventive medicine. UIHC Addiction Medicine Fellows gain expertise in providing care to people across the lifespan with a variety of substance use disorders, in outpatient and inpatient settings, and with acute and chronic symptoms. 

UIHC Addiction Medicine Fellows rotate at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the Iowa City VA Health Care System, and at several community-based sites.  Rotations include addiction consultation, pain medicine, toxicology, emergency medicine, and community-based addiction care.  Over the course of the fellowship, fellows provide longitudinal care to a panel of patients in the UIHC Addiction Medicine Clinic. Learn more about our Addiction Medicine Fellowship.

Interested in something else? We suggest you review the work of the various research groups within the department and contact those researchers directly if you wish to explore other opportunities.