Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

Joseph B. Layde, MD, JD

Professor and Vice Chair for Education
Training Program Director for Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship | (414) 955-7240

Level: PGY-5
Positions: 2
Accredited by ACGME
Annual Stipend: $61,250

CaduceusThe Medical College of Wisconsin offers a full-time one-year fellowship in forensic psychiatry co-sponsored by the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division and the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, an easy 70-mile ride from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Each fellow works predominantly in the Milwaukee site for six months, based in a court clinic, and six months at the Mendota Mental Health Institute, a largely forensic state facility in Madison. The six month part of the program centered in Milwaukee includes experience in outpatient competency to stand trial evaluations, evaluations of individuals who have pled not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and psychiatric and psychological evaluations ordered by a judge.

The six months of training centered at the Mendota site in Madison are spent predominantly on an inpatient basis performing evaluations of competency to stand trial, treating individuals to help them regain competency to stand trial, treating insanity acquittees, gaining experience in administrative forensic psychiatry, as well as participating in the evaluations of individuals being considered for treatment under Wisconsin's Sexually Violent Persons act. Both sites have correctional psychiatry opportunities and experiences in child and adolescent forensic psychiatry available. Throughout the year, fellows participate in civil forensic cases with the faculty in Milwaukee and Madison. Research opportunities are available at each of the clinical site. The didactic curriculum, which the two fellows study together weekly, covers the full gamut of relevant legal and psychiatric issues. The faculty includes five forensic psychiatrists with ABPN subspecialty certification in Forensic Psychiatry, two forensic psychologists, one of them board certified, and other clinician educators. A clinician-attorney is available at each of the two training sites.

Fellows receive leave time and funding to attend the annual AAPL meeting, as well as the Forensic Psychiatry Review Course. Additional continuing medical education time is available, along with three weeks of vacation.

Application Process

Thank you for your interest in our Forensic Psychiatry fellowship program here at The Medical College of Wisconsin. In addition to completing the MCWAH application, the following documents are required:

  • Current CV (gaps in time greater than one month must be explained)
  • Personal Statement explaining your interests and goals
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation, with one from your current training director with your Training Summary
  • Original Transcript of Steps 1, 2 and 3 Scores (must pass all 3 steps before applying)
  • Medical School Dean’s Letter
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Copy of Medical School Diploma
  • ECFMG Certificate (International medical school graduates)
  • Visa Status Information (International citizens)

The letters of recommendation should be addressed to:

Joseph B. Layde, MD, JD
Department of Psychiatry at Tosa Center
Psychiatry Fellowship Programs
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

All accepted candidates are required to hold a valid Wisconsin Medical license and DEA certificate before starting the program. Instructions for applying can be found on the Graduate Medical Education website.

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Contact Us

Mailing Address

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
The Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

Physical Location and Address

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Tosa Health Center, Third Floor
1155 N. Mayfair Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53226

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Fellowship Education Coordinator I
Psychiatry Fellowship Programs
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