Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
The Medical College of Wisconsin offers a one-year full-time fellowship in forensic psychiatry co-sponsored by the Mendota Mental Health Institute, Central Wisconsin Center, and the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
Meet the Program Director
Dr. Erik Knudson earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1998. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in 2002 and fellowship training in forensic psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals in 2003. Dr. Knudson is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) in the fields of Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry.
Dr. Knudson’s work experience has primarily involved inpatient psychiatric treatment of maximum security forensic patients at Wisconsin’s state psychiatric hospital, Mendota Mental Health Institute, where he currently acts as the Associate Medical Director. Dr. Knudson has also consulted to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections and maintained a private forensic psychiatric practice based out of Madison, Wisconsin. Dr. Knudson’s academic interests include forensic psychiatric evaluation, management of violent behavior, and treatment of psychotic disorders.
About the Fellowship
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 psychiatrists with ABPN subspecialty certification in Forensic Psychiatry, forensic psychologists, attorneys, and other clinician educators. Fellows are also provided with funding and travel time to attend the annual Forensic Review Course and Annual Meeting for the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law.
The MCW Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program 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:
- 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.
Once all items have been obtained, return the complete application packet to:
Fellows will spend most of their time at Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, WI. Part-time rotations also occur in Waupun, WI at Dodge Correctional Institution and the Central Wisconsin Center in Madison.
Fellows are also offered an elective rotation at the Mendota Juvenile Treatment Center (MJTC), which 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 helping participants understand interpersonal processes, acquire social skills, and improve normative social connections. As part of this rotation, fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in hearings where release and other dispositional decisions are made. Fellows also will have the opportunity to participate in forensic assessment of juveniles, such as competency or waiver evaluations.