Program Overview - Consultation Liaison Psychiatry

Greetings from the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Training Program in Portland, Oregon. We hope that in your search for a C-L program, you will consider OHSU. To help you with your decision, we are listing 5 reasons you should consider training with us.

  1. Training in Two Major Hospital Systems
    1. OHSU
      1. OHSU is the only academic health center in the state of Oregon
      2. Ranked by US News as the #1 hospital in Oregon, and among the best hospitals in the nation in Cancer, Cardiology, Endocrinology, ENT, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery
      3. We are a leader in diversity initiatives including LGBT healthcare equality, for  example the OHSU Transgender Health Program.
    2. Portland VA
      1. Serves more than 95,000 veterans in Oregon and Washington
      2. Has 12 national-level Centers of Excellence including the Portland Alcohol Research Center, Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center, and the Methamphetamine Research Center
  2. Breadth of C-L Training Opportunities
    1. Inpatient C-L Psychiatry training at multiple Portland metropolitan hospitals   including OHSU, VA hospital and Legacy Emanuel.  We are proud to offer new clinical rotations at the Legacy Oregon Burn Center as well as within the Psychiatric Emergency Service at the Unity Center for Behavioral Health
    2. According to data presented at the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine less than 5% of training programs offer more than 50% outpatient CL training exposure, and we are one of those programs! Core outpatient C-L rotations include perinatal psychiatry, HIV psychiatry, and two different models of integrated psychiatry in primary care.  Other opportunities also include multidisciplinary rotations such as transplant psychiatry, sleep medicine and movement disorders and behavioral cardiology within the Knight Cardiovascular Institute.
  3. Importance on Trainee Wellness
    1. All OHSU trainees have access to the Resident and Faculty Wellness program free services to increase clinician wellness and reduce burnout. The program is being used as the model program for medical training sites around the country

    2. In addition to the standard leave categories of leave we offer (vacation, sick, FMLA, educational leave), OHSU also offers all trainees 4 wellness half days each academic year for preventative health care

  4. Cutting Edge Neuroscience Research

    1. OHSU Brain Institute is one of the top NIH funded neuroscience research centers in the country with strengths in neurodevelopment, neuroimaging, additions, and psychoneuroimmunology

    2. Many of the faculty involved in the C-L fellowship are national experts and are also involved in research (for example Dr. Steve Dobscha, an expert in primary care and mental health integration, and Dr. Linda Ganzini who is an expert in end of life decisions, geriatric mental health, medical ethics, and Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act)

  5. Portland, Oregon 

    1. ​​​​​​​Home to the world’s largest bookstore, more microbreweries than any other city in the world, incredible food and wine scene (that is also affordable), and is within hours to the Oregon Coast and skiing on Mt. Hood

Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you may have!

The OHSU consultation-liaison psychiatry fellowship prepares physicians to care for patients struggling at the complex interface of medical and psychiatric illness. Through educational experiences at diverse clinical sites in both the inpatient and outpatient settings the fellowship strives to train psychiatrists who can meet the health care needs of all Oregonians. In addition the fellowship promotes opportunities of educational leadership and scholarship.

  1. Preparing psychiatrists to assess and manage a diverse range of patient’s struggling with comorbid medical and psychiatric illness by providing training opportunities in  acute inpatient settings at a Level 1 trauma, tertiary care hospital, a VA hospital, a psychiatric emergency setting, and a burn center as well as diverse outpatient integrated care settings.
  2. Fostering educational and teaching skills by leading weekly case conferences with learners from multiple different levels of trainin
  3. Promoting scholarly activities including faculty mentorship, completion of scholarly project and presentation at the department’s grand rounds
  4. Expanding quality improvement knowledge and practice by participation in QI seminars, faculty mentorship, and a QI project
  5. Inspiring an environment of wellness and resiliency, career development, and life-long learning