Dr. Fay was born and raised in New England. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Biology from Manhattan College in NYC. After completion of her undergraduate training, she worked for two years as a research coordinator in Infectious Disease at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in NYC. During that time, she worked in both clinical and lab research; however, her favorite part of her job was being a co-facilitator for a support group for Veterans living with HIV. She then pursued her medical degree at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont prior to beginning her residency training here at the University of Michigan. She chose the University of Michigan for her Psychiatry training because of the educational quality, the diverse clinical experiences, and the amazing faculty/staff, who are very supportive on a daily basis. This program would also allow Dr. Fay to have training opportunities within the VA system, which she actively looked for in a program given her interest in continuing to work with the veteran population. After finishing her General Adult Psychiatry training, she will be going on to complete the Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship at University of Michigan.
Q&A About Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship
What got you interested in Forensic Psychiatry?
I had a wonderful chief resident my intern year who was going into forensics and gave us a couple lectures on forensic related topics which were very interesting to me. The University of Michigan’s Psychiatry Residency Program also had a good amount of Forensic Psychiatry exposure through lectures throughout all four years of the adult residency program along with experiences at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry. The more I was exposed to Forensic Psychiatry the more interested I became in pursuing a Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. Additionally, all the staff I met through my time at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry were very approachable and great mentors both for professional development as well as research pursuits.
What drew you to the program at Michigan Medicine?
I had already spent time at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry and knew it was a supportive, engaging, and diverse learning environment with great mentorship. I also liked that the Michigan Medicine program at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry had a focus on criminal forensic cases and the hospital itself serves the entire state of Michigan lending to both a breadth and depth of case experiences. Additionally, the program weaves in civil cases through seminars and collaboration with forensic psychiatrists in the area. We also take a law course at the University of Michigan Law School which is taught by Dr. Pinals on the interface of mental health and the law. Overall, I felt this program would give me the wide range of experiences I needed for fellowship combined with great mentorship and a focus on systems issues, public health, and the legal system.
What are some of your career interests and goals?
I hope to continue to work in a high acuity inpatient, forensic, or correctional setting where I can engage in direct patient care, criminal forensic evaluations, as well as the education and mentorship of trainees. I am also interested in exploring roles where I can make a positive impact on systems and public health policy issues in order to improve upon the mental health system at all levels.
Areas of Interest
- Resident and medical student education
- Forensic psychiatry
- Public health policy development
- M.D., Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, 2019