Thank you for visiting the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine website. The Academy is the chief professional organization for psychosomatic medicine (PM), also known as consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatry. The website has some resources which may be of interest to you.
But first, if you are a medical student deciding what type of residency is next for you, watch this short video about a third-year med student deciding that very thing. The video shows that choosing a psychiatry residency opens the door to a fellowship and career in the realm of psychosomatic medicine, working with the medical team in treating behavioral conditions in patients with medical/surgical problems.
Psychosomatic medicine was recognized as a subspecialty by the American Board of Medical Specialties in 2004. Board certification in PM requires completion of a one-year accredited fellowship in the field, and passing a written exam in the field. For an overview of the process and the practice of PM, see “Why Consider Fellowship Training in Psychosomatic Medicine?” [PDF]
Fellowship programs in PM are listed on our website in the Directory of U.S. NRMP Match-Participating PM Fellowship Programs. There are many programs in all areas of the country, with a variety of different approaches to training. If you are interested in PM, you will have no trouble finding a suitable program. Most applications are submitted in August through October and this is the time that you will have the most choice. Even if you apply later in the year, many programs will still have openings.
Beginning in fall 2013, the fellowship selection process operated as a match through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and is similar to the process which you used to match for psychiatry residency. You will need to register for the psychiatry fellowship match. The NRMP website (www.nrmp.org) has information about the match and has links for you to register. Some advice about the application process is given in the paper, “So, you want to be a Psychosomatic Medicine Fellow?” [PDF].
We also would like to invite you to the annual meeting. Meetings are an excellent way to develop and keep up your medical skills. Our annual meeting occurs each November, and details can be found here. The meeting is large enough to offer a range of talks and workshops, but small enough to retain a collegial and welcoming atmosphere. More than 200 trainees typically attend, a number which has been increasing each year. There is a discounted registration fee for residents in training.
Guidelines for education in PM during residency training in general psychiatry have been developed by our Resident Education Subcommittee. These guidelines are reflected in a set of 13 lectures (Powerpoint presentations) covering core topics in PM. Viewing the full content of the lectures requires membership in the Academy, but a 13-page PDF preview is available without login.
The Resident Education Subcommittee has also prepared a “Reading/Reference List for Psychiatry Residents Rotating in C/L Psychiatry” [PDF] that does not require APM membership to view. “Practice Guidelines for Psychiatric Consultation in the General Medical Setting,” published in our journal Psychosomatics in 1998, are relevant still today.
We invite you to join the Academy. Membership includes a print subscription to the Academy’s journal, Psychosomatics, as well as online access to this journal and two related Elsevier journals, General Hospital Psychiatry and Journal of Psychosomatic Research. Membership also entitles you to reduced registration at the annual meeting, participation in Academy special interest groups and committees, and other benefits as noted in Membership Advantages. The annual membership fee for residents is $55. To join, see How to Join.
The Academy produces a newsletter for residents about developments in PM. This newsletter is entitled “Frontiers in Psychosomatic Medicine.” To receive this newsletter directly, please click here (your email will be used only for distribution of this newsletter and for no other purpose). The newsletter is emailed to all residency program directors. If you did not receive this, please ask your program director to forward it to residents in your program or provide a list-server address to email@example.com.
The Academy offers several opportunities for outstanding residents and fellows to be recognized with awards.
Residents and fellowship trainees presenting posters at the APM annual meeting are eligible for the Best Trainee Poster Awards, presented during the Opening Welcome Reception at the annual meeting. Poster winners and other annual award winners are documented in APM’s e-newsletter, “APM News,” and in each year’s Winter issue of the APM Newsletter.