UMMS Fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic Rotations

I. Worcester State Hospital

The goals of the Worcester State Hospital rotation include providing fellows with opportunities to do the following:

  1. Achieve a broad knowledge of the legal standards and clinical issues involved in court-ordered evaluations on a state hospital court evaluation unit and forensic consultations within a state hospital;
  2. Observe and conduct court-ordered evaluations of men and women related to competence to stand trial, criminal responsibility, aid to sentencing, need for care and treatment of correctional inmates, and need for civil commitment;
  3. Observe and conduct clinical consultations regarding legal issues in psychiatric practice, including the assessment of violence risk factors prior to increasing privilege level or discharge;
  4. Prepare reports based on evaluations conducted;
  5. Observe and, if possible, provide expert testimony;
  6. Gain experience with a public sector state hospital to enhance understanding of levels of care appropriate for the treatment and evaluation of individuals with involvement in the criminal justice system.

These goals will be met through the direct participation by the forensic psychiatry fellow in cases referred to the Worcester State Hospital Forensic Service. In addition to observing and assisting with evaluations conducted by licensed forensic psychiatrists and forensic psychologists on staff at the Worcester State Hospital Forensic Service, the forensic psychiatry fellow will spend the majority of his or her time taking primary responsibility for evaluations.