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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Track

Track Objectives:  

  • To provide residents who have a strong interest in child and adolescent psychiatry with an opportunity to go above and beyond the normal expected levels of knowledge and experience in child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • To encourage resident interest in child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • To encourage resident scholarly achievement in the area of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Track entry and acceptance:   

Residents can apply at any time before the PGY 3 year but are encouraged to apply during their PGY 1 year.  Acceptance is determined by residency director in conjunction with track director and the Clinical Competency Committee.  

Structure:

PGY 1 Year

If residents identify interest in child and adolescent psychiatry prior to their PGY 1 year, they will complete at least one month of outpatient pediatrics instead of internal medicine during their PGY 1 year.

PGY 2 Year

During the PGY 2 year, residents will have one month of child and adolescent psychiatry early in the academic year.  This will be completed at the Horsham Academy in a combination of outpatient, inpatient, and day-program settings.  The purpose of the early placement of this rotation is to ensure adequate exposure prior to the spring, when residents traditionally decide between “fast tracking” or completing a full 4 years of general psychiatry prior to child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship.  

PGY 3 Year

During the PGY 3 year, up to 20 percent of patient hours can be child and adolescent cases.  These cases are supervised by the track director.  However, if a resident is planning to transition to fellowship after 3 years of general training, the resident may choose to carry fewer child and adolescent psychiatry so they can maximize their general adult learning before departing the residency.

If a resident is fast-tracking, he/she must present a grand rounds presentation to the department of at least 25 minutes length.  The topic will be relevant to child and adolescent psychiatry.

Residents are encouraged to use their $1500 conference fund to attend the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry annual meeting.  

PGY 4 Year

Residents who choose to complete a PGY 4 general psychiatry year will spend at least 3 months of their PGY 4 year in child and adolescent electives.  
Residents will present a grand rounds presentation to the department of at least 25 minutes length.  The topic will be relevant to child and adolescent psychiatry.