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Public Psychiatry Fellowship

Clinical Field Placements

Fellows spend 60% of their time practicing independently at their clinical field placement. Fellows can choose one or more of the below sites for their clinical field placement(s).

  • Iowa Medical Classification Center in Coralville, Iowa

Iowa Medical and Classification Center | Iowa Department of Corrections

  • Abbe Center for Community Mental Health in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Abbe Mental Health Center | UnityPoint Health - Cedar Rapids

  • State Training School in Eldora, Iowa 

State Training School | Iowa Department of Human Services

  • State Resource Center in Woodward, Iowa 

Woodward Resource Center | Iowa Department of Human Services

  • Mental Health Institute in Independence, Iowa 

Independence Mental Health Institute | Iowa Department of Human Services

  • Mental Health Institute in Cherokee, Iowa  

Cherokee Mental Health Institute | Iowa Department of Human Services

If an applicant has an interest in practicing at an alternative public and/or rural site, we will work with the fellow to facilitate a field placement at that site.

A physician or administrator from the clinical site will serve as the fellow’s job supervisor and will meet with the fellow on a regular basis.  Fellows will also meet regularly with a PPF faculty preceptor.  The faculty preceptor will be in periodic contact with the job supervisor.

Academic Activities

Fellows spend 40% of their time in academic activities.  The goal of the PPF curriculum is to increase knowledge of public psychiatry, advocacy and social justice while also growing clinical and leadership skills.   To reach these goals fellows will participate in interactive learning sessions, attend seminars, participate in local and state-wide work groups, and give presentations.

Curriculum topics will include but are not limited to history and structure of public psychiatry, population health, clinical administration, health care economics and finance, informatics, advocacy, social justice, social determines of health, trauma informed care, forensic psychiatry, substance use disorders and co-morbid mental illness and intellectual disability.


  • Graduated from an ACGME accredited psychiatry residency training program
  • An Iowa license before the start date


May vary depending on clinical site

  • $100,000 per year
  • Excellent benefits including vacation, sick leave, retirement, and disability
  • Academic funds to attend conferences and/or pursue additional training such as a master’s in public health or medical education.
  • American Association for Community Psychiatry (AACP) Membership

Additional Information

  • American Psychiatry Association

Psychiatry.org - Public Psychiatry Fellowship

  • American Association for Community Psychiatry

AACP - Fellowship Training Opportunities (communitypsychiatry.org)

  • American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training

Psychiatry Residency Training | AADPRT


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