Visiting Fellowship in Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

The Visiting Fellowship in ECT is offered four times each year and provides practitioners with a one-week intensive training in the clinical delivery of electroconvulsive therapy at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) of UPMC. 

This 40-hour course offers both didactic and practical instruction covering theoretical and clinical aspects of ECT treatment including: demonstrations of technical procedures; faculty presentations; case conferences and consultations; audiovisual materials; and self-instructional material and readings. 

Enrollment is limited to four physicians and two psychiatric nurses for each scheduled program. Specific clinical areas include medical management of high-risk patients; anesthesia; treatment in special populations; medical legal issues; informed consent; acute and continuation treatment; stimulus dosing and titration; electrode placement; seizure monitoring; outpatient mode of delivery; outcome measures; and quality control. 

Schedule and Activities

The Visiting Fellowship in ECT convenes Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm for a total of 40 hours. The Fellowship is scheduled for the following dates:

  • May 14-18, 2018
  • July 23-27, 2018
  • October 22-26, 2018
  • February 4-8, 2019
  • May 13-17, 2019
  • July 22-26, 2019
  • October 21-25, 2019