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Program Overview

Our program is affiliated with Jefferson Medical College, one of the oldest and largest medical schools in the country and an institution rich with medical history. Established in 2007, Jefferson’s psychosomatic medicine program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

We are committed to academic excellence and combine superior patient care, strong teaching, and quality research to achieve this. We provide you with an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity and stimulates your professional and personal development.

Why should you consider training at Jefferson?  

Variety in the clinical experience:  Jefferson offers subspecialty training opportunities in many areas of medicine.  Over one year of training, you will rotate through 7 different clinical rotations at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital (TJUH). Fellows receive a wide variety of clinical experiences and see all patient population types. Fellows can pick 2 of their rotations in subspecialty areas of particular interest.  We feel that this specific exposure during your fellowship prepares you well to work in your chosen area of subspecialty.

Progressive leadership:  We have 7 faculty who are boarded in psychosomatic medicine, and a total of 13 faculty. Fellows in psychosomatic medicine have a unique opportunity to interact with a wide variety of teachers.  Our faculty are nationally recognized by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the national organization for consultation-liaison psychiatry, and can connect you with a vast network of practitioners and resources in psychosomatic medicine. Each faculty member is dedicated to specific aspects of the training program and both faculty and fellows are being developed into future program leaders. 

Variety in the formal educational program: Our formal educational program consists of two weekly didactic sessions, a summertime introductory course, a monthly journal club, suggested reading assignments, weekly Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds, and case-based teaching on the clinical rotations.  This variety of educational formats allows trainees to acquire the knowledge that they need to practice psychosomatic medicine.

Location:  We are located in center city Philadelphia and in the heart of the downtown area. It is a wonderful area in which to live, work, and play.  Philadelphia is rich in in history, culture, and activities, and attracts tourists from all over the world.  Philadelphia is home to the Wells Fargo Center, which hosts a number of concerts and other entertainment events.  Our city is also home to the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Academy of Music where one can see live theatrical performances.  Jefferson is within two to three hours of New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, and the New Jersey shore communities. Visit the site to explore what Philadelphia has to offer to you.

I invite you to explore our web site to learn more about us.

Michael J. Vergare, MD

Michael J. Vergare, MD
Daniel Lieberman
Professor & Chair,
Department of Psychiatry
& Human Behavior

Mitchell J. Cohen, MD

Mitchell J. Cohen, MD
Vice Chair for Psychiatric Education

Madeleine Becker, MD

Madeleine Becker, MD
Program Director, Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship

1020 Sansom Street
Thompson Building,
Suite 1652
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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