Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

The Medical College of Wisconsin offers an ACGME accredited, 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.

Clinical Rotations

Forensic Psychiatry fellows train in both the Madison and Milwaukee area.

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  Mendota Mental Health Institute

Forensic psychiatry fellows work predominantly at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin. This is a state psychiatric hospital, which primarily serves a forensic population. Fellows are provided a diverse experience involving treatment of patients in a maximum security setting, conducting risk assessments for patents found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, and completing competency to stand trial evaluations.

Fellows who have completed a fellowship in child psychiatry are offered an additional rotation on the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC). MJTC is a 29-bed secure treatment facility that delivers comprehensive mental health services to teen boys whose highly disruptive behavior and failure to respond to standard treatment has warranted their transfer to the facility from Wisconsin's juvenile corrections system. MJTC seeks to rehabilitate youth by focusing on helping participants understand interpersonal processes, acquire social skills, and improve normative social connections.

  Wisconsin Department of Corrections

Fellows are provided a year-long experience of providing psychiatric care in the Wisconsin prison system. In this setting, psychiatrists work alongside psychological services and medical staff to provide psychiatric care to inmates.

  Milwaukee Rotation

Fellows spend one day per week for six months in Milwaukee. In this setting, they work at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division’s psychiatric crisis unit. This is a psychiatric emergency room where fellows conduct evaluations focused on risk and assessment of mental health concerns to determine disposition for patients present with mental health crises. Fellows also rotate on the consultation liaison service at the VA Hospital in Milwaukee where they provide consultation on the issue of mental capacity pertaining to medical decision making.

  Outpatient Rotation

Fellows conduct independent outpatient evaluations of competency to stand trial in jails throughout Wisconsin. Fellows also have the opportunity to work with clinical faculty in their private forensic psychiatric practice settings.


Fellows are required to participate in a research activity, provide a Grand Rounds on an educational topic in forensic psychiatry, and/or a quality improvement project during their 12 month fellowship. Fellows are paired with appropriate administrative or research staff at Mendota Mental Health Institute for mentorship of this project.


The fellows study together weekly covering the full gamut of relevant legal and psychiatric issues. Trainees in a forensic psychological post-doctoral fellowship also participate in the lecture series. The faculty includes seven forensic psychiatrists with ABPN subspecialty certification in Forensic Psychiatry, two forensic psychologists, attorneys, and other clinician educators.

Application Process

The Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin has two (2) positions and accepts ongoing applications. Interested applicants should complete the MCWAH application form and submit it to the department of psychiatry along with the necessary items from the application packet list. Typically, interviews take place in the fall for the upcoming academic year. Our program does not utilize ERAS.

Interested applicants should submit a completed application packet with the following items:

Application Packet

  • MCWAH application form (PDF)
  • Current CV (gaps in time greater than one month must be explained)
  • Personal Statement explaining your interests and goals
  • 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)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • One of the letters should be from your current training director and included your Training Summary
    • Letters of recommendation should be addressed sent directly to Dr. Erik Knudson at the address below.

Once all items have been obtained, return the complete application packet to:

Dr. Erik Knudson
c/o Fellowship Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry at Tosa Health Center
Psychiatry Fellowship Programs-3rd Floor
Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226

For questions please contact the Fellowship Coordinator.

Accreditation Statement

The Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship is accredited by the American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


We would love to hear from you! Please direct any questions to either Dr. Erik Knudson or the Fellowship Coordinator. Visit the Office of Fellowship Training for contact information and location.

Contact Information

Mailing Address

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

(414) 955-7240 | (414) 955-6299 (Fax) |

The Office of Fellowship Training is physically located within the Tosa Health Center.