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Program Overview

Our program is affiliated with Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University formerly 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, outstanding  teaching, and quality research to achieve this. The Fellowship provides an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity and stimulates 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 choose elective rotations in subspecialty areas of particular interest.  This exposure during your fellowship prepares fellows to work in their chosen area of subspecialty.

Progressive leadership:  We have 7 faculty, who are boarded in psychosomatic medicine, and a total of 28 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. Each faculty member is dedicated to specific aspects of the training program. There is an emphasis on the development of fellows to become 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, reading assignments, weekly Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds, and case-based teaching on the clinical rotations and the opportunity for fellows to teach.  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.  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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