Forensic Fellowship Overview

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Overview

The fellowship is a one year, ACGME accredited program providing experiences in institutionalized, inpatient, and outpatient settings.

Program Description

Goals of the Program

  • Knowledge of psychiatric evaluation of individuals with a history of: criminal behavior, criminal responsibility and competency for trial, dangerousness, and sexual misconduct
  • Knowledge and application of civil law when conducting a psychiatric review of individuals with the above listed issues
  • Assessment of competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility, amnesia
  • Familiarity with ethical, administrative and legal issues in forensic psychiatry
  • Evaluation and treatment of incarcerated individuals
  • Ability to assess dangerousness
  • Ability to write forensic reports
  • Knowledge of civil and criminal law
  • Knowledge of the relevancy of legal documentation


Training Sites

Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services

One of the largest behavioral health provider in the United States; here, fellows will complete psychiatric evaluations and suicide/risk assessments in a 198-bed acute care psychiatric inpatient facility.

Michigan Department of Corrections—Ionia County Maximum Security Prison

This maximum-security prison is a location in which fellows will gain practical knowledge in direct care with those with persistent and severe mental health concerns and provide care to incarcerated patients.

Metro Health – University of Michigan Health

Fellows will complete rounds at a 208-bed inpatient hospital completing suicide/risk assessments under the direction of Dr. Jack Mahdasian, MD.

Treatment Court—Kent County Department of Justice

Benefits and Pay

A stipend is provided in the following amount:

PGY5: $64,668

Benefits are as follows:

Twenty (20) PTO days are allowed each year for fellows at each level. Six (6) calendar holidays are also provided as PTO to fellows: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.

Pine Rest offers 20 hours of wellness time to residents in addition to PTO, to be used for personal or family wellness appointments.

Conference Time is allowed for PGY2 fellows and above, for one conference per year, up to one week or five (5) CME days.

Conference/Academic/Book Allowance is provided to fellows up to $2500 per year.

Fellows are allowed up to 5 days administrative leave for interviewing. Approval must be obtained in advance.

The Employee Assistance Program at Pine Rest offers confidential individual or family counseling, grief and substance abuse support, financial advising, and other services.

Free parking is provided on Pine Rest grounds.

Food service is available in the cafeteria and in the Resident Lounge.

Pine Rest provides a pager and an iPad to fellows.

Pine Rest provides two lab coats at the beginning of the program to fellows.

Pine Rest provides Professional Liability Insurance with tail coverage.

Pine Rest provides athletic club membership discounts at the YMCA and MVP sports clubs.

See additional health, dental, vision, retirement, life insurance and other benefits here.

This is only intended to be a general overview of the current benefits programs at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services/Michigan State University Psychiatry Residency, and it is subject to change.

Updated August 2020.