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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

If you're looking for an enriching and diverse pediatric psychiatry training experience, we offer a 2-year ACGME-accredited child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program. You will work with a team of experienced professionals, including child and adolescent psychiatrists, psychologists, psychoanalysts, social workers, clinical counselors, pediatricians, child neurologists, developmental-behavioral pediatricians and other mental health providers. You'll also train at multiple sites to enhance your overall experience and educational opportunities. 

Our goal is to ensure you're equipped to meet future challenges in caring for children, teens and their families.

Bilge-Johnson, Sumru MD, child and adolescent psychiatrist

For more information, call 330-543-4382 or email: sbilge-johnson@akronchildrens.org

First Year Clinical Rotation Schedule

6 months

Inpatient Unit (80%)
Outpatient (10%)
Didactics (10%)

3 months Partial Hospitalization Program (80%)
Outpatient (10%)
Didactics (10%)
2 months Pediatric Consultation Liaison (80%)
Didactics (10%)
Psychiatric Intake Response Center (10%)
1 month Pediatric Consultation Liaison (70%)
Outpatient (10%)
Didactics (10%)
Normal Child Development (10%)


The first year of our program focuses on building a foundation of knowledge and skills in pediatric psychiatry. You'll learn how to identify psychiatric syndromes and formulate a treatment plan. Throughout the year, an attending faculty member will guide you in the development of a diagnosis and treatment plan for your patients.

You'll also learn how to diagnose and manage children and teens admitted to our inpatient psychiatry unit. You will consult with pediatricians and pediatric surgeons when the following conditions are observed:

Acute or chronic medical problems Depressive disorders
ADHD Eating disorders
Anxiety disorders Vicissitudes
Elimination disorders Autism spectrum disorders
Tic disorders Psychotic disorders

Second Year Clinical Rotation Schedule

Second Year Clinical Rotation Sites:

  • Akron Children’s Hospital Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic
  • Child Neurology
  • Child neuropsychology clinic
  • Developmental Pediatrics and School Success program
  • Child Guidance and family Solutions (Community child psychiatry)
  • Summit County Juvenile Court
  • Community Health Center ( Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment)
  • Summit County Children’s Services
  • School Rotation
  • Telepsychiatry rotation
  • Care Center ( Child Abuse and Advocacy)

During the second year of training, we focus on public social service networks. Rotations will emphasize clinical, consultative and leadership skills in various community environments. Our goal is to identify the role that community-based psychiatrists play in addressing the needs of children and teens who have been diagnosed with mental illness.



Hannah Perkins Center in Cleveland, for early childhood development using a team-based approach and challenging, engaging curriculum

FIRST Program at Child Guidance and Family Solutions, an intensive, integrated outpatient treatment program for individuals between 15 and 40 years of age who are experiencing their first episode of a primary psychotic disorder Advocacy, discussions and activities to encourage acceptance of advocacy as a core professional value
Autism Program, in conjunction with Akron Children's Hospital's NeuroDevelopmental Science Center CARE Center at Akron Children's Hospital, which evaluates and initiates treatment for children of suspected physical or sexual abuse and neglect
Eating Disorder Intensive Intensive outpatient treatment

As a second-year fellow, you'll assume greater responsibility for the care of your patients. You'll also gain knowledge in areas such as neurological and other organic disorders, mental retardation, developmental disabilities, learning disorders, all major classes of DSM-5 conditions, psychosomatic disorders, behavioral and adjustment problems, and acute crises leading to psychiatric presentation. During the second year, all fellows are required to have a scholarly research activity and present at Post-Graduate Poster Day.

Working with a multidisciplinary team, you'll hone your skills in:

  • Long-term and time-limited psychotherapy
  • Play therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Cognitive and behavioral therapy


Weekly didactics are an integral part of our fellowship program. Specific topics and conferences cover topics such as:

Administrative psychiatry Cognitive/behavioral therapy
Psychodynamic therapy Family therapy
Group therapy Art therapy
Systems of care Adult and child boards review
Evaluation and treatment of mental health disorders Child development
Forensic child psychiatry School consultation
Grand rounds Clinical case conference
Neuro case conference Journal club
Peer review Scholarly activity
  Ethics lectures


(Effective July 1, 2019)

PL-4 – $65,688

PL-5 – $67,249

PL-6 -- $69,069



House offices are granted 3 weeks of vacation or 15 customary working days.


Conference Time

Fellows are entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital.


Educational Allowance

Fellows are provided $1,500 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.


Research and Scholarship Travel

We encourage and support investigator-initiated research by subspecialty fellows. Therefore, we support research-related travel when the fellow is in good academic and professional standing, and when prior written approval of the program director is documented. All hospital policies relating to travel must be followed.


Professional Liability

Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital.


Health Benefits

Fellows and their dependents are eligible to enroll in the hospital’s health, dental, and vision insurance programs. Costs are shared between the fellow and the hospital. Benefits are available immediately.


Retirement Benefits

Fellows may participate in the Hospital’s 403(b) Plan from their date of hire. Match dollars are not available to fellows.


Medical License & DEA

Fellows are required to obtain an Ohio State Medical License and DEA certificate prior to beginning training.



A key access card for convenient parking is provided at no charge.


Lab Coats

One embroidered lab coat is provided if desired.



Fellows are given $60 every week for use in the hospital cafeteria.


Relocation expenses

The hospital provides reimbursement for initial relocation expenses, up to $1,000, subject to current tax laws.


Smoke, Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco-Free Campus

Akron Children’s is a tobacco-free healthcare system. Prospective employees who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start work.

Photos from recent Fellowship Program events.

2018 Psych fellowship graduation

2018 Psych Fellowship Graduation

2017-2018 Retreat - Escape Room

2017-2018 Retreat - Escape Room

2016 - 2017 Retreat - Art

2016 - 2017 Retreat - Art

2016 - 2017 Retreat Group Picture

2016 - 2017 Retreat Group Picture

2016-2017 Retreat - Key Quest1

2016-2017 Retreat - Key Quest

2014 - 2015 Graduation

2014 - 2015 Graduation

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