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Electroconvulsive Therapy Fellowship at the Center for Interventional Psychiatry

The Center for Interventional Psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is a leader in training professionals from around the world in the practice of electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).

We offer an intensive, week-long ECT fellowship in the rich environment of the UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. The fellowship is led by the center's director, Tejal Bhojak, MD.

The fellowship is offered four times a year and leads to CME certification in the practice of ECT.

Enrollment Information

Our program is small and intimate, accepting up to five physicians and two registered nurses for each session, and offers hands-on training led by clinical professionals. Each participant will come away with a solid understanding of the current standard of care for ECT, the biological mechanisms of ECT, and which patients will benefit, and how to run an ECT practice.

Our program offers comprehensive training on the following aspects of the continuum of patient care:

  • ECT principles and techniques.
  • APA guidelines for practicing ECT.
  • Outpatient ECT assessments.
  • Preparation and treatment of the patient.
  • Anesthesia.
  • Post-ECT recovery.
  • Review of recent research findings and new developments in the field.
  • Side-effects and management.
  • Risks of and contraindications to treatment.

Our program also addresses the operational aspects of an ECT practice through the following topics:

  • Development of policies and procedures for ECT practices.
  • Management of an ECT service.
  • Personnel, facilities, supplies, licensure, quality assurance.
  • Legal issues.

The cost of this one-week course is $3,500 for psychiatrists and $2,000 for residents/fellows/registered nurses. Successful completion of the course provides up to 40 hours of CME credit.

View a sample ECT Fellowship Training schedule (PDF).

To register for the fellowship program please fill out this form (PDF).

ECT Fellowship Dates

The fellowship will be offered during the following dates:

2024

  • Feb. 5–9, 2024 (one MD and one RN slot available)
  • May 6–10, 2024 (one MD and two RN slots available)
  • July 15–19, 2024 (two RN slots available)
  • Oct. 7–11, 2024 (two MD and two RN slots available)

2025

  • Feb. 10-14, 2025*
  • May 12-16, 2025*
  • July 14-18, 2025*
  • Oct. 20-24, 2025*

*2025 dates may be subject to change. Please check the above listings frequently for most up to date information.

Contact the Center for Interventional Psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital

For more information or to schedule an appointment with the Center for Interventional Psychiatry, please call 412-246-5063.