Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Curriculum

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Core Rotations

Fellows at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship spend time in various community and academic settings, including time at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, a major tertiary children’s hospital in Cleveland, OH. Fellows spend several months on the inpatient psychiatry unit there during their first year of fellowship, treating patients with a broad array of severe psychopathology. Because the inpatient unit is connected to UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, we care for psychiatric patients that also have co-morbid medical issues. Patients undergo electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), if necessary.

During both years of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, trainees gain experience with increasing levels of autonomy and responsibility on UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry team, covering medical floors and the emergency department. Fellows rotate through school systems to learn about Montessori schools, schools specializing in severe behavioral issues, public schools and schools specializing in the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). During these rotations, fellows will learn about co-located psychiatric practice in schools and also about the development of special education plans.

Additionally, fellows rotate through several academic and community outpatient training sites. In the academic outpatient rotations, fellows have a longitudinal outpatient clinic encompassing both years of training. In the first year, fellows have direct (real-time) supervision with attendings. In the second year, fellows transition to increasing autonomy with weekly supervision. Fellows also rotate through several community outpatient clinics to experience the breadth and depth of outpatient child psychiatry. Fellows have on-site supervisors at all clinical sites.

Fellows also get experience caring for youth in the following ways:

  • Chemical dependency and substance use treatment
  • Forensic child psychiatry
  • Residential psychiatric treatment

Fellows spend time working with our UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital neurologist colleagues on the inpatient and outpatient child neurology services, learning about various pediatric neurological issues.

The UH Department of Psychiatry is prolific in research. Fellows help to recruit and can sometimes participate as clinicians in several inpatient and outpatient psychiatric clinical trials for youth.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Didactics

We encourage active learning with six hours of protected didactic time weekly on Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings. In addition, we have a longitudinal behavioral therapy didactic series with Associate Program Director Felipe Amunategui, PhD. Internal and external lecturers teach on a wide array of child psychiatry topics. We also partake in a guided longitudinal reading group with Molly McVoy, MD, on her textbook on Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.

Both through discussion in didactics and on rotation, CAP fellows have the unique opportunity to learn collaboratively with the fellows in the Post Pediatric Portal (PPP) Program. The PPP is a fellowship for pediatricians training to become adult/child psychiatrists. Didactics also include weekly UH Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, which feature both local speakers and many visiting nationally recognized speakers.

Broad Range of Clinical Sites

Varied Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Electives

Fellows have elective time throughout both years of fellowship. UH Cleveland Medical Center offers a plethora of child and adolescent psychiatry elective opportunities, whether previously done or newly created by fellows. Fellows have previously completed electives in the following topics, among others:

  • Autism spectrum disorders (ASD)
  • Developmental-behavioral pediatrics
  • Eating disorders
  • ECT
  • Forensics
  • LGBTQ+ care
  • Occupational therapy
  • Pediatric pain management
  • Pediatric sleep medicine
  • Private practice
  • Psychotherapy (psychoanalytic and behavioral)
  • Research
  • Speech therapy

We encourage you to create electives based on your specific interests. If you have a particular subspecialty interest which is not listed here, please contact us or discuss it at your interview, as this list is not comprehensive.

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