Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Curriculum

Akron Children’s ACGME-approved child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program offers the following curriculum and clinical rotation schedule, directed by faculty with expertise in the selected topics.

First Year Clinical Rotation Schedule

6 months 3 months 2 months 1 month
Inpatient Unit
80%
Partial Hospitalization Program
80%
Pediatric Consultation Liaison
80%
Pediatric Consultation Liaison
70%
Outpatient
10%
Outpatient
10%
Outpatient
10%
Outpatient
10%
Research
10%
Research
10%
Research
10%
Research
10%
      Normal Child Development
10%

The first year of our program focuses on building a foundation of knowledge and skills in pediatric psychiatry. Fellows are guided by an attending faculty member in the development of a diagnosis and treatment plan for their patients.

Fellows are also provided with a supervisor who serves as a mentor to discuss a broad spectrum of issues related to patient care and the practice of pediatric psychiatry.

Training emphasizes how to identify psychiatric syndromes and formulate a treatment plan, considering the phenomenological, dynamic, interactional/familial, organic and cognitive components of each case. Fellows learn to diagnose and manage acutely and severely disturbed children and adolescents admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit, and provide psychiatric consultation to pediatricians and pediatric surgeons, by observing these disorders:

Second Year Clinical Rotation Schedule

3 months 3 months 6 months
Community Systems
Child Guidance and Family Solutions
40%
Community Systems
Child Guidance and Family Solutions
50%
Community Systems
Child Guidance and Family Solutions
50%
Outpatient
Akron Children's Hospital
30%
Outpatient
Akron Children's Hospital
30%
Outpatient
Akron Children's Hospital
30%
Research
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Research
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Research
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Neurology/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Neurology/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Neurology/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Juvenile Court
Summit County Juvenile Courts
10%
   

The second year of our child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship allows fellows to become familiar with the role of the child psychiatrist in the context of the public social service network of care for children and adolescents who have severe emotional disturbance (SED).

Rotations emphasize clinical, consultative and leadership skills in various community environments. Each rotation focuses on understanding the areas of congruence and divergence between the mission and culture of the mental health system, and of each component of care for children and adolescents in the community. The goal is to identify the role that a community-based child psychiatrist plays in addressing the needs of children and teens with mental illness, regardless of where they present in the overall system of care.

Second-year fellows also assume a greater degree of autonomy and have higher levels of responsibilities. The second year focuses on the evaluation and treatment of a diverse patient population under the supervision of clinical faculty and mentors.

Fellows gain knowledge in a broad spectrum of psychopathology, including neurological and other organic disorders, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, learning disorders, all major classes of DSM-IV Axis I and II conditions, psychosomatic disorders, behavioral and adjustment problems, and acute crises leading to psychiatric presentation, such as suicidal and homicidal behavior.

Second-year fellows learn to be adept, comfortable and knowledgeable in working as part of a multidisciplinary team, and gain extensive training in:

Fellows also gain experience as teachers of professional students, colleagues in other disciplines, parents, and members of community and social agencies. They become familiar with basic research methodology and learn to evaluate past and current peer-reviewed child and adolescent psychiatric literature.

Didactics Program

All fellows participate in weekly didactics. Specific topics and conferences are presented in a 2-year cycle, including:

At the end of the fellowship, you will be able to work independently as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. You will be able to evaluate and diagnose all psychiatric syndromes in children and teens; provide biological and psychotherapeutic treatments; and practice in a variety of inpatient, outpatient and consultative settings.
 


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