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Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences


Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship


Thank you for your interest in the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. We offer a comprehensive training program that combines clinical experiences, didactics, scholarly projects and mentorship to foster professional growth and develop expertise in consultation-liaison psychiatry. Led by experienced faculty, you will have the opportunity to explore the intricate relationship between psychiatric and medical illness through patient encounters and interdisciplinary collaboration. Our program is committed to providing a supportive learning environment where you can develop diagnostic skills, refine therapeutic interventions, and cultivate leadership abilities. Join us as we work together to advance consultation-liaison psychiatry and make life better!

Clinical Rotations

Rotations will be predominantly inpatient, with time divided between the James Haley VA Medical Center Hospital and Tampa General Hospital. The James A Haley VA is a 499 bed hospital providing care for the valiant veterans who served our nation. During your time at the VA, you will learn the nuances and special considerations of treating this important population. You will work with patients with a variety of conditions, including substance use disorders, TBI and spinal cord injuries. At Tampa General, a 1040 bed academic tertiary care center, you will work with diverse patients with a wide array of medical complexities, including general med/surg, cardiac, GI, burns, neurologic, peri and post-partum, transplant, oncology, critical care, trauma and palliative care.


Fellows will complete assigned readings and attend didactics three times weekly. There will also be Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences Grand Rounds. Additionally, fellows may opt to attend educational conferences held by other fields of interest. Journal Clubs will occur quarterly. Fellows will have weekly one-on-one supervision for complex cases for 1 hour weekly as well as clinical teaching rounds daily.

Research and Scholarly Activity

There are many opportunities for scholarly projects and research exposure through the University of South Florida. Learn more about the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences Research Division here.


Applicants must complete a general psychiatry program prior to entry into this program. Applicants must also have completed Step 3 of the USMLE and be eligible for a Florida medical license.

How to Apply

We accept applications through ERAS as of AY2024. However, if this is cost-prohibitive for a candidate, candidates may also submit an application via email including the following items:

  • Common CLP Application which includes:
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Three total letters of recommendation
      •  Letter from Residency Training Director
      • Two additional letters of recommendation from other faculty
    • Personal statement
  • USMLE or COMLEX scores
  • Medical school transcript
  • ECFMG certificate, if international graduate
  • USA Citizenship, Permanent Resident status or J-1 visa 
  • Summative Evaluation from Program Director

You will receive an email response when your application is received and marked as complete. Applications open July 1 and close November 30.

Send applications or other inquiries to:
Kristina Chechotka, MD

Program Coordinator:
Education Office Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
3515 East Fletcher Avenue
Tampa, FL 33613

Rimma McKnight
(813) 974-5926


Kristina Chechotka, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences
Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship Program