Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

The Forensic Training program became an ACGME accredited program in 1998, and has four fellowship positions available each year. Our faculty includes 12 forensic psychiatrists, an attorney, a neuropsychologist, and several forensic psychologists. 

The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine offers a one-year, full-time fellowship training program in psychiatry and the law. This is a joint program between the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine and the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, which is responsible for all state forensic activities including the administration of the Forensic Institute in Pueblo, CO. In addition the program works closely with the Colorado Department of Corrections and Denver Health Medical Center. Fellowship faculty include academic and clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry, in the Behavioral Health Program at Denver Health Medical Center, forensic experts in the Colorado Office of Behavioral Health, Department of Corrections, private forensic practitioners, and faculty from the Denver University School of Law. Dr. Martinez is involved in ethics in forensic psychiatry, teaches at the DU Law School, and is involved in setting standards for forensic report writing and testimony.

The program is designed to familiarize fellows with all aspects of forensic psychiatry, and to prepare them for forensic practice, teaching, research and system consultation, and/or academic careers. Topics covered through didactic seminars and supervised practical experience include procedures for forensic evaluations, report writing, relevant research and phenomenological literature, landmark mental health cases, treatment of patients in correctional and forensic settings, system consultation around forensic issues, collaboration with other professionals (law enforcement, correctional, etc.), the evaluation of foreign victims of torture, fitness for duty examinations with the Denver Police Department, IME's, and ethical issues involved in forensic practice.

Fellows are provided the opportunity to observe experienced forensic professionals performing evaluations, preparing reports, and testifying in civil and criminal cases. They then have direct, supervised experience in performing forensic evaluations in those areas, preparing reports, and testifying in court. Mock trial experiences are conducted in coordination with DU Sturm School of Law. Fellows are encouraged to conduct research in forensic areas. The program strives to organize the fellowship experience around each Fellows area of interest. We have trained numerous Fellows with backgrounds in child/adolescent psychiatry.  Teaching opportunities are available with PGY-2 and PYG-3 general residents and medical students. 

Fellowships are funded at a PGY-5 level. 2019-2020 Annual Stipend for PGY-5 $68,168.00 plus benefits.

Fringe benefits include a fully paid trip to the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (including enrollment in the Forensic Psychiatry Review Course) and a trip with Dr. Jeffrey Metzner, the associate director of the program, to a prison or jail involved in mental health litigation.

We accept application materials as early as March of the year before the start of the forensic fellowship.  Interviews typically happen between April and July the year before the start of the fellowship. 

A Selection Committee for each training program evaluates all eligible applicants. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their preparedness and experience; academic credentials; ability and aptitude; communication and interpersonal skills; and on personal qualities such as integrity, learning motivation, and work ethic, and the ability to function within parameters expected of a practitioner in the specialty.

Programs will review and select applicants in a manner consistent with provisions of equal opportunity employment and must not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or any other applicable legally protected status.

Completion of an ACGME accredited psychiatry residency program that qualifies an applicant to sit for the ABPN Psychiatry Board and completion of all USMLE Steps or COMLEX Parts are the basic requirements for application.  Additionally, residents are required to hold an active Colorado physician license and DEA license. Upon formal acceptance to the program, application for licensure must be initiated so that residents are licensed before they begin the program.

To ensure that the process for selecting residents is consistent with guidelines established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the University of Colorado Denver Graduate Medical Education Committee (GME), and to be compliant with University policies, appropriate Federal and State statutes and regulations, this program has the following eligibility requirements.

1. Applicants must provide documentation of the following: 

  • Graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or 
  • Graduation from any college of College of Osteopathic Medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or 
  • Graduation from medical school outside of the United States or Canada and possessing a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment; or, have an active and unrestricted license to practice medicine in Colorado; or 
  • Graduation from medical schools outside the United States and completion of a Fifth Pathway Program provided by an LCME - accredited medical school. 

2. Individuals applying for psychiatry fellowship programs must document completion of an appropriate psychiatry residency program, including an ACGME-accredited residency, or meet requirements as outlined in ACGME program requirements. 

3. Individuals applying for psychiatry fellowship programs must have successfully completed the USMLE Step 3 examination or COMLEX Part 3, as evidenced by obtaining a passing grade for that examination, prior to applying for a fellowship. Passing scores must be obtained for all USMLE or COMLEX scores in no more than two attempts. 

4. Applicants must be eligible for an active and unrestricted physician medical license as granted by the Colorado Board of Medical Examiners (CBME) and a DEA license. 

5. Applicants must successfully pass a criminal background investigation (criteria specified in UC and GMEC background investigation policies) and any affiliated training facility investigation as necessary. 

6. The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine recognizes that residents enrolled in its programs are trainees, not employees. As such, applicants must be able to meet conditions of the institutional house officer (resident) training agreement. Specifically, residents in our program must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, refugees, asylees, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow residents to legally train at the UC School of Medicine. 

Download and complete the Psychiatry Fellowships Application Or you can go to the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law fellowship website and utilize the common application forms and instructions as provided at https://www.aapl.org/fellowship. Please submit the completed application via email or regular mail to the program coordinator. The form must be typed, not hand written.

All applications must include the following:

  1. Original graduate transcript(s), when applicable 
  2. Original medical school transcript(s) 
  3. Original Dean's Letter (MSPE) 
  4. Certified copy of medical school diploma 
  5. Copy of psychiatry residency completion certificate, when applicable 
  6. Documentation of post-graduate residency completed elsewhere 
  7. Copies of state medical license(s), DEA license, ABPN certification, when applicable 
  8. Documentation of ECFMG certification, when applicable 
  9. Documentation of status, for international applicants 
  10. Curriculum Vitae 
  11. Personal Statement 
  12. A sample of a forensic report completed during residency and/or any publications relevant to psychiatry or forensic psychiatry 
  13. Three professional letters of recommendation 
  14. A formal letter from the current Program Director outlining rotations completed and anticipated to be completed. 
  15. After completion of the PGY-4 year, summation of training letter listing all completed experiences and certifying completion of training from the Program Director 
  16. Documentation of successful passing scores on USMLE parts 1, 2 and 3 (within no more than two attempts)

Applicants are responsible for requesting all supporting documentation above.​​​​​

All fellowship positions are funded and paid at a PGY-5 level.

 

Interviews:

Onsite interviews with program faculty and current fellows are scheduled after applicants have been selected to interview. Because there are differences in fellowship programs, and the individual applicant’s personal goals for training, it is essential that each applicant interview in person on site. A full day of interviews, tours and/or seminar attendance, and informal contact with current residents is scheduled. 

Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to interview everyone. The Selection Committee will review your application file, and we will notify you if you have been selected to interview.

Deadlines:

The dates by which we must receive your completed application and for scheduling your interview vary slightly from year to year. 

For the 2021-2022 academic year:

  • Applications can be received as early as March 1, 2020.
  • Interview dates will be held April 2020 through July 2020.

Forensic Fellowship Leadership Team:

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Richard Martinez, MD, MH

Forensic Psychiatry Program DirectorColorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo/Ft. Logan
Jeffrey Metzner, MD
Associate Program Director
University of Colorado

Bundrick, Jennifer-m

Jennifer Bundrick, MD

Associate Program Director
Department of Corrections

 

Forensic Fellowship Faculty:

FacultyTitleSite
Sarah Butler, MD
Senior Instructor
Department of Corrections
Jill Spice, MD
Senior Instructor
Department of Corrections
Matthew DeLiere, MD
Assistant Professor
Denver Health Hospital/ RISE
Sasha Rai, MBBS
Assistant Professor
Denver Health Hospital
Thomas Gray, PhD
 Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo/Ft. Logan
Rose Manguso, PhD, MA
Clinical Instructor
Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo/Ft. Logan
Julie Meeker, MD
Senior Instructor
Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo/Ft. Logan
Richard Pounds, MD
Senior Instructor
Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo/Ft. Logan
Al Singleton, MD
Senior Instructor
Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo/Ft. Logan
Loandra Torres,
 Colorado Mental Health Institute Pueblo/Ft. Logan
Caitlin Vigil, MD
 VA
Hal Wortzel, MDAssociate Professor
VA
Casey Wolf, MD
 Children's Hospital Colorado
Casey Frank, JD
 Private Practice Attorney
 Patrick Fox, MD
  Private Practice
 Darren Lish, MD
Senior Clinical Instructor
 Private Practice
   

 

Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year:

FellowResidency Program
Interests
Ahmad Adi, MD
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
 
Michele Willis, MD
University of Virginia Health System
 

 

Contact Us

Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship

13001 E 17th Pl,

Bldg 500, Rm E2330

Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: (303) 724-6021

Fax: (720) 724-4963

 

Angela Webb

Fellowship Residency Coordinator

Phone: (303) 724-8788

Email: Angela Webb

 

Richard Martinez, MD

Program Director

Office of Behavioral Health

Phone: (303) 217-3846

Email: Richard Martinez