November 28, 2011 ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The University of New Mexico Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education has approved its application to offer a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine. A relatively new subspecialty of psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine is the discipline encompassing the study and practice of treating psychiatric disorders in patients with medical, surgical, obstetrical and neurological conditions, particularly in patients with complex and/or chronic conditions (“the complex mentally ill.”). "PsychosomaticMedicine urges us to look at both the mind and the body and how they influence each other and health.At its core it's integrative, bringing the power of psychiatry and medicine together for the benefit of the patient," says Dr. George Nurnberg, Interim Chair of the Department of Psychiatry. With advances in healthcare including better detection, treatments and availability of care, many previously fatal conditions have now become chronic. That fact coupled with the reality that psychiatric disorders – depression, anxiety, dementia and others – often occur alongside medical conditions, especially chronic ones, makes experts in Psychosomatic Medicine even more essential. The Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship joins three other areas of specialization in the department: child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. The Department anticipates accepting its first two fellows in Psychosomatic Medicine in July 2012. "This fellowship broadens ourdepartment's capacity to train future psychiatrists,” says Nurnberg. “We hope many of the graduates from this new programwill stay in New Mexico, working in medical settings such ashospitals, to better servethe people in our state."
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