Psychosomatic medicine is the newest board-certified subspecialty in psychiatry. Psychosomatic medicine, also known as consultation liaison psychiatry, is the psychiatry of the medically ill. Specialists in this area provide consultation and continuing care in both inpatient and outpatient medical settings.
Our pre and post-doctoral training programs are the "engine" the drives all academic and clinical service activities. The two primary educational goals of the Yale Psychological Medicine Service are:
- To train future leaders in psychosomatic and behavioral medicine and prepare them for the ever-changing healthcare system that is moving toward multi-disciplinary, integrated care.
- To enhance skills and understanding of psychiatric issues of medico-surgical patients among housestaff, nursing, social work and physician colleagues in other medico-surgical specialties at the Yale New Haven Hospital.
The Psychological Medicine service serves as a placement site for the Department of Psychiatry’s APA-accredited Doctoral Internship Program in Clinical and Community Psychology. Doctoral psychology fellows specializing in Behavioral Medicine train within multidisciplinary teams of medical providers and gain valuable experience in the provision of behavioral health consultation, psychological assessment, and behavioral health intervention.
Second-year residents are introduced to consultation/liaison psychiatry on both the psychiatric consultation service and the Behavioral Intervention Team which provide psychiatric assessment and collaborative treatment to medical and surgical patients at Yale New Haven Hospital.
Medical students are an integral part of our teams, addressing issues such as mental status changes, mood and anxiety disorders, psychosis, delirium, dementia, substance abuse, medical decision-making, suicidal ideation, personality disorders, agitation, and response to medical illness.
The goal of this first-year one semester practicum is to provide the student with an opportunity to develop clinical skills with adult clients and their families.