Letter from Dr. Marie Tobin

Thank you for your interest in the University of Chicago Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program. 

A proud tradition of the practice of psychiatry in the general hospital has existed for over fifty years.  In 2005 the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) awarded specialty designation to Psychosomatic Medicine (PM).  Soon thereafter the Council for Graduate Medical Education accredited programs of excellence to provide one-year fellowship training in Psychosomatic Medicine.  In 2010 the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship training program at the University was awarded accreditation by the ACGME. 

The 12-month Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (PSOM) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Graduates of this program are eligible to take the ABPN subspecialty C-L examination.

Clinical training in this one year fellowship occurs on the in-patient C-L service at the University of Chicago hospitals. This provides the opportunity to train in the evaluation and management of a wide array of medically complex hospitalized patients. Supervised clinical specialty out-patient opportunities include rotations in psycho-oncology, neurology, transplantation psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, anesthesia and pain, women’s mental health and integrated care clinics. Ongoing didactics are provided by key faculty and include teaching rounds, didactic lectures, case conferences and case based seminars. Supervision and support for scholarly activity is integral to the program. Many opportunities exist for interdisciplinary and interdepartmental research including specialized training through PSOM in becoming educators. Additionally, graduates of this program gain invaluable administrative experience from management of a large multidisciplinary team and interfacing with consulting teams.

The Program also has solid didactic components aimed at enabling our trainees to gain the knowledge base, clinical competencies, and leadership skills to be thought leaders in the expanding field of psychosomatic medicine 

 Finally, it is with great pleasure that I invite you to consider the opportunity to complete, concurrently with fellowship training in PM a part-time fellowship in medical ethics in the renowned MacLean Center for Medical Ethics.  This is one of the oldest medical ethics programs in the country and is taught by a truly unique and varied faculty.

As program director, I invite you to become acquainted with the different rotations offered by our program, as well as the academic and clinical interests of our talented faculty and staff.  On behalf of the entire program, we wish you success in making an important career training decision and look forward to hearing from you.


Marie Tobin, MD FACLP

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience