New UCSF clinical fellowship to focus on global mental health

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The UCSF Psychiatry HEAL Fellowship in Global Mental Health will include clinical rotations in Navajo Nation and rural Nepal.

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry, in partnership with the HEAL Initiative, has begun accepting applications for a new two-year clinical fellowship in global mental health. This innovative, rigorous program has been created to train board-eligible/board-certified psychiatrists as leaders in clinical practice, capacity building, health systems strengthening and health services research in low-resource settings in the United States and abroad.

The curriculum for the fellowship includes a dedicated mental health pathway in addition to HEAL’s global health curriculum (which includes a month-long boot camp, faculty mentorship, and an online MPH from UC Berkeley). Fellows will also complete a pair of mentored six-month rotations – one providing clinical services to the residents of Tuba City in the Navajo Nation, and the another leading an integrated mental health program at a healthcare system in rural Nepal.

The fellowship's faculty includes eleven UCSF Psychiatry faculty members, including fellowship director Bibhav Acharya, MD, and co-director Craig Van Dyke, MD. Applications for the inaugural cohort will be accepted through October 30 and more details are available on the UCSF Psychiatry website.

About UCSF Psychiatry

The UCSF Department of Psychiatry and the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute are among the nation's foremost resources in the fields of child, adolescent, adult and geriatric mental health. Together they constitute one of the largest departments in the UCSF School of Medicine, with a mission focused on research (basic, translational, clinical), teaching, patient care and public service. UCSF Psychiatry has an organizational structure that crosses all major UCSF sites - Parnassus, Mission Bay, Laurel Heights, Mt. Zion, San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF Fresno.