Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now open. Deadline: December 1, 2020. Our fellowship is ACGME accredited.

“Learn with us! You’ll develop advanced diagnostic and therapeutic skills to function effectively in an integrated medical-psychiatric health care delivery system for an ethnically diverse, and economically challenged, region."

UNM/VACMS Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship

Join our one-year, cutting-edge training program! We’ll prepare you to serve as an expert psychiatric consultant to medical and surgical programs in inpatient and outpatient settings. This fellowship is one of a kind: the only such training available to qualified psychiatric residents in New Mexico. You’ll train at the UNM Health Sciences Center and the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center, two premier teaching medical facilities in the state.

As a fellow, you will routinely work with the UNM Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Burn and Trauma, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Hematology-Oncology, and Palliative Care departments. You will also provide expertise for the internationally-recognized ECHO telemedicine consultation program, particularly in the areas of hepatitis C treatment, endocrinology, and chronic pain. The UNM hospital system is the only Level 1 trauma center for the state. It is also a tertiary referral center for the greater Southwest region. As a result, you can expect to receive excellent training in treating highly-complex medical and psychiatric patients.

“When you train with us, you’ll have an extremely broad array of clinical experiences in tertiary care specialty units and ICUs. You’ll learn about treating complex care of the indigent, veteran, and Native American populations. And you’ll also participate in pioneering telemedicine programs.”

Davin Quinn, MD, Fellowship Director

The Training

Integration is the wave of the future. You’ll be in high demand as a psychiatric consultant with experience in the Chronic Care Model, the Medical Home model, and Collaborative Care. When you learn with us, you’ll become comfortable communicating and working with other medical care providers. You’ll have the relevant training to engage in the succinct and effective interventions recommended by these other medical care providers.

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year are now open.
The deadline for applications is December 1, 2020.

A completed application packet contains the following:


Updated Curriculum Vitae

Medical School Transcripts

USMLE/COMPLEX Scores Steps 1, 2, & 3

3 Letters of Recommendation (one from current Training Director)

ECFMG Certificate (when applicable)

Send materials to

Gabrielle Trujillo

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2400 Tucker Avenue NE

1 University of New Mexico

MSC09 5030

Albuquerque, NM 87131


Consultation-Liaison Fellowship Application


Contact us

At UNM Hospital and the Raymond G. Murphy VA Hospital, you will act as a primary consultant performing diagnostic interviews and examinations, follow-up visits, and communicating with medical and surgical teams. You will assume responsibility for leadership of the multidisciplinary service as your experience increases throughout the year.

Each week, you will spend one half-day as part of a multidisciplinary collaborative care behavioral health team, managing primary care patients referred for psychiatric evaluation. You will also conduct e-consultations via the electronic medical record and manage behavioral health care registries.

Here, you will be an embedded consultant in a subspecialty medical clinic (HIV, neurology/neurosurgery, women’s health, etc.) for one half-day each week. You will conduct specialized diagnostic interviews and examinations, utilize unique therapeutics, and communicate directly with the patients’ specialty care providers.

While based at UNM Hospital, you will join one of the Project ECHO Clinic multidisciplinary hub teams (Endocrine, Hepatitis C, or Chronic Pain) for one half-day each week and provide psychiatric input on cases presented by remote providers from around the state.


Our C-L faculty are national leaders in research and clinical care of psychiatric manifestations of traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, and epilepsy. You may have the opportunity to participate in federally-funded clinical trials of neuromodulation, advanced neuroimaging, and novel pharmacotherapies for these conditions.

Davin Quinn, MD

Chief, Division of Behavioral Health Consultation & Integration 

Director, UNM Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Service

Director, UNM/NMVAHCS Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship


Emiliano Valles, MD

Medical Director, UNMH Adult Psychiatric Consultation Service


Chronic Pain/Addiction

New Mexico has developed some of the most innovative methods of addressing and treating chronic pain and substance use disorders in the country. These include the use of prescription monitoring databases, motivational interviewing, telemedicine initiatives, and specific clinics for the management of co-occurring chronic pain and addiction.

Cynthia Geppert, MD, PhD

Site Director, NM/VAHCS; national expert in co-occurring disorders and bioethics


HIV and Infectious Disease

The HIV Truman Street Clinic provides team-based, patient-centered collaborative care to a large population of HIV+ individuals. In addition to psychotherapy and psychopharmacology consultations, services provided include medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and transgender care.

Brant Hager, MD

Attending psychiatrist, HIV Truman Street Clinic Truman; specific areas of expertise: psychiatric care of patients living with HIV, and transgender/gender non-conforming persons


Perinatal/Women’s Mental Health

Our faculty have fellowship training in C-L psychiatry, women’s mental health, and child psychiatry, with most care delivered through embedded consultants in specialty clinics.

Nina Higgins, MD

Director, Reproductive Psychiatry and Infant Mental Health Fellowship

Kimothi Cain, MD

Associate Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship


Collaborative Care

The UNM and NMVAHCS primary care clinics feature psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists as part of an integrated behavioral health team working to address issues such as depression, anxiety, and substance use disorders.

Jasen Christensen, MD

Medical Director, Behavioral Health Integration and Expansion

You can supplement core rotations with elective experiences or scholarly projects.

Sample Schedule

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Fellowship Contact

Program Coordinator

Gabrielle Trujillo

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2400 Tucker Avenue NE

1 University of New Mexico


Albuquerque, NM 87131