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Stanford Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Correctional rotations are based in the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) system, primarily at San Quentin and CMF (California Medical Facility, a California State prison dedicated to inmates with medical and psychiatric needs).  Fellows with a particular interest in exploring a career in correctional psychiatry leadership may elect to rotate with the chief of psychiatry and other administrative leaders in the CDCR to gain deep systems-level knowledge.   

Fellows rotate at the VA PM&R inpatient and outpatient units, with the goal of developing particular expertise in evaluating claims of brain damage and other biological factors in leading to offensive behaviors, guiding sentencing determinations, and assessing disability.

Our fellowship is integrated with the Stanford School of Law. Fellows can elect to participate in didactics at the School of Law, which include courses on Neuroethics by Hank Greely, Mental Health Law, and Criminal Law. In addition, fellows will integrate with law students on a wide range of cases as part of the Law Student Clinic.

Fellows have protected time throughout the year to access and participate in a wide range of research efforts in the Law School, School of Medicine, Center for Biomedical Ethics, and Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. Stanford is fortunate to house all its schools on one unified campus, thus enabling ideal conditions for cross-fertilization and idea incubation, which drive innovation and scholarship. 

We particularly encourage fellows with interests in social justice to collaborate with faculty on public policy projects and proposals, such as educating legislators on neuroscience relevant to drug addiction and adolescent brain development.

Our fellowship is ACGME accredited for 2 fellows.

Stipends and Benefits

Stipends 2021-22

Year Annual Per Month
I $71,864.00 $5,988.55
II $75,504.00 $6,291.88
III $81,224.00 $6,768.54
IV $85,820.80 $7,151.60
V $91,208.00 $7,600.52
VI $95,243.20 $7,936.78
VII $100,588.80 $8,382.24
VIII $105,164.80 $8,763.56

 

For more information, please visit the GME Office site.

Benefits

Annual educational allowance $2,000*

Paid in November providing, all required HealthStream and EPIC/LINKS modules are completed by house staff's assigned deadline

Cell phone allowance $1,000*

Automatically added to paycheck in July

Food allowance $10 per day (shifts of 12 hours or longer for clinical rotations only at SHC & LPCH)*

Payments made on last paycheck of each month

Meal money is taxable income

Housing stipend $7,200 per year (paid as $600 monthly)*+

Automatically paid on 1st paycheck of each month

Medical, dental, vision, and long-term disability insurance provided

Eligible to participate on house staff's hire date

Moving allowance (new hires only) $3,000*

Automatically added to a paycheck in August

1% annual bonus based on completion of a Quality Improvement Project*

Automatically paid at the end of each academic year in June

Cost of initial CA MD license and renewals

Paid upon reimbursement submission for academic year expense occurrence

Cost of initial DEA and renewals

Paid upon reimbursement submission for academic yearexpense occurrence

Cost of USMLE Part Ill for Interns

Paid upon reimbursement submission for academic year expense occurrence

* Please see House Staff Policies and Procedures for full details.
Subject to appropriate taxes 

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program director, Dr. Octavio Choi, for any questions regarding the fellowship and/or application process.

Positions for the 2022-2023 Fellowship year have been filled.

We will begin accepting applicants for the 2023-2024 Fellowship year on May 1, 2022.


 

 

Summary Timeline for 2023-2024 Fellowship Year

May 1, 2022: The application submission period begins on May 1, 2022, and continues until the program fills.

August 1, 2022: First day that programs can conduct interviews.

October 3, 2022: First day that applicants can be asked to accept or decline offers for 2023-2024 fellowship positions, with exemption of “internal” candidates.



Program Leadership and Faculty

Program Director, Stanford University Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) &, by courtesy, of Pediatrics
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital, Emeritus
Clinical Associate Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences - Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Psychology
Margaret May, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor (Affiliated)
Adjunct Professor, Psych/General Psychiatry and Psychology (Adult)
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Adjunct Professor, Psych/Public Mental Health & Population Sciences
Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and, Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics
Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

Octavio Choi, MD, PhD
ochoi@stanford.edu
c/o Romola L. Breckenridge
Stanford University Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University School of Medicine
401 Quarry Road, Room 2208
Stanford, CA  94305-5723

Romola L. Breckenridge
Program Coordinator
romola@stanford.edu
Ph: (650) 736-1743