Program description

The one-year Mayo Clinic Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship is for individuals who would like advanced education in psychosomatic medicine and consultation-liaison psychiatry in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Psychosomatic medicine psychiatrists are psychiatrists who have special training and experience in evaluating and treating patients who are referred from other physicians or who are cared for in integrated practice settings. They are very comfortable helping patients who have complex or severe medical or surgical problems that may exacerbate or be exacerbated by emotional problems.

The goal of this program is to train fellows to become knowledgeable, astute and compassionate physicians with unique expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of complex psychiatric disorders in complex medically ill patients by:

  • Developing advanced skills in providing consultation in medical and surgical settings
  • Communicating and collaborating effectively with physicians from a broad range of primary care and specialty settings, and with allied health staff
  • Better understanding the relationship between biopsychosocialspiritual factors and medical illness
  • Appreciating the range, context and rationale for each individual patient's response to illness

As a psychosomatic medicine fellow, you provide psychiatric services to all other Mayo Clinic departments, including internal medicine, general surgical services, intensive care units, rehabilitation medicine, transplant surgery and neurology.


The Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


When you successfully complete the Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship, you will be able to take the certification examination offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Program history

The Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., was established in 1985. Approximately 15 fellows have completed training in this program.

Oct. 16, 2013