Community Psychiatry Fellowship Program

The Community Psychiatry Fellowship offered at the Rush University Department of Psychiatry, Section of Population Behavioral Health is a unique opportunity to learn how to provide integrated care through delivery of consultation to non-mental health settings (such as primary care), telepsychiatry, and leadership to improve systems of care. The program currently offers one position per year. The fellowship is open to psychiatrists, child psychiatrists, nurse practitioners or physician assistants who have completed or will complete their respective training programs by the agreed start date for the fellowship. Fellowship recipients must have an unrestricted license to practice and a controlled substance license in the State of Illinois prior to the start of the fellowship.
The one-year fellowship will include a clinical appointment as an Instructor in Psychiatry and a combination of clinical experiences, training in collaborative care/integrated care implementation, and research training. Training activities will focus on:
  • Collaborative Care and Integrative Care
  • Community-based Mental Health Care working with vulnerable & underserved populations
  • Telehealth and Telepsychiatry
  • Mobile Health and Wearables
  • Research Project
  • Cross training with the University of Chicago’s Maclean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and completion of fellowship in ethics (if desired by individual applicant)
A range of exciting clinical and research opportunities exist and the fellowship will be tailored to the interests of the individual. Rush University Medical Center is expanding its community-based initiatives in tandem with the Medical Home Network (Rush’s Accountable Care Organization), working in local school-based health clinics, and has launched a new Anchor Initiative designed to support communities on the west side of Chicago. This fellowship is positioned to support clinical and research initiatives that align with these emerging programs. Established research programs exist to work with homeless populations, HIV at-risk youth, underserved communities, and school-based consultation. The section has active research grants from the National Institutes of Health, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, and several private foundations. 
To apply, please submit the following materials by December 1, 2017 (for start date in 2018):
1.     A brief personal statement outlining your interests in community psychiatry
2.     Your current curriculum vitae
3.     A letter of recommendation from your training director confirming your satisfactory/expected completion of your training program and discussing your overall performance in training, clinical skills, fund of knowledge, interpersonal communication, professionalism, and any teaching, research, or leadership activities
4.     A letter of recommendation from any subspecialty fellowship program you have completed or are completing (if applicable)
5.     Proof of medical (MD or DO) or clinical (APRNs or PAs) licensure
For additional information about the fellowship please contact Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD:
All materials for the application should be submitted as PDFs. Please send application materials to:
Community Psychiatry Fellowship
Niranjan S. Karnik, MD, PhD
Director, Section of Population Behavioral Health
Rush University Medical Center
1645 West Jackson Blvd., Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60612


Admissions Contact

Kristin Hill
Section Practice Administrator

Interim Fellowship Director

Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD
1645 W. Jackson Blvd., Suite 302
Chicago, IL 60612