About our Program
Residents develop competency in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with emotional, physical, and developmental disorders. Didactics and interactive seminars emphasize all aspects of the field, including neuroscience and evidence-based treatments, ranging from psychopharmacology to a variety of both psychodynamic and time-limited, manualized psychotherapies. Clinical rotations are arranged in an orderly progression of increasing responsibility, and are supplemented by courses, seminars, individual supervision, and small group supervision. The program offers a wide exposure to all aspects of child psychiatry and includes additional elective experiences in areas which allow for the development of specific expertise.
Throughout the two years of training, child and adolescent psychiatry trainees participate 3-6 hours per week of psychotherapy and individual supervision, and six protected hours per week of didactic seminars and Grand Rounds. There is direct faculty supervision in family and group therapy throughout the two years of training. The weekly curriculum covers normal child development, developmental psychopathology, diagnosis and formulation, and psychological, behavioral and pharmacological therapies. There are monthly case conferences and journal clubs, as well as quarterly division-wide morbidity and mortality conferences for interactive learning. Seminars and other training experiences are frequently shared with trainees from other disciplines such as general psychiatry, pediatrics and psychology. Priority is placed on all educational activities, with both the training program and supervising attendings committed to protecting time for teaching and supervision.
While research is not required, fellows are encouraged to pursue opportunities working with faculty members with active research in child and adolescent mood and anxiety disorders, psychosomatic disorders, treatment for child abuse, and interventions for high risk behaviors. All trainees learn about evidence-based medicine, with a focus on the critical appraisal of studies in a monthly journal club. Please see the research training section for further details on more advanced research training opportunities.