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%
Didactics
10%
Didactics
10%
Didactics
10%
Didactics
10%
    Psychiatric Intake Response
Center
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.

The first year of the program focuses on building a foundation of knowledge and skills in pediatric psychiatry. Training emphasizes how to identify psychiatric syndromes and formulate a treatment plan. Throughout the year, fellows are guided by attending physicians when developing a diagnosis and treatment plan for their patients.

Additionally, fellows learn how to diagnose and manage children and adolescents admitted to the inpatient psychiatry unit and who have severe and/or acute mental issues. Fellows also consult with pediatricians and pediatric surgeons when the following conditions are observed:

Second Year Clinical Rotation Schedule

6 months 3 months 3 months
Community Systems
Child Guidance and Family Solutions
50%
Community Systems
Child Guidance and Family Solutions
50%
Community Systems
Child Guidance and Family Solutions
40%
Outpatient
Akron Children's Hospital
20%
Outpatient
Akron Children's Hospital
20%
Outpatient
Akron Children's Hospital
20%
Electives
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Electives
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Electives
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Neurology/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Neurology/Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
Neurology  - 2 months
Akron Children's Hospital
10%
School rotation
10%
Juvenile Court - 2 months
Summit County Juvenile Courts
10%
Community Health Center/
Substance Abuse
10%
   

Neuropsychology & NeuroDevelopmental - 2 months; Triple P - 1 month
10%

Public social service networks of care are focused on during the second year of training. Rotations will emphasize clinical, consultative and leadership skills in various community environments. The goal of this year is to identify the role that a community-based psychiatrist plays in addressing the needs of children and teens who have been diagnosed with mental illness.

Elective options include:

Second year fellows assume greater responsibility for the care of their patients. Additional knowledge is gained in areas such as 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.

Skills in working with a multidisciplinary team are honed during the second year and additional training is received in:

Didactics

Weekly didactics are an integral part of the two year fellowship. Specific topics and conferences are presented, such as:


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