Curriculum

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Year 1
Full year: Outpatient continuity at UF Health Psychiatry – Dupont Station (1 - 1.5 days/week)
26 weeks 8 weeks 8 weeks 10 weeks
Inpatient and emergency child and adolescent psychiatry at Wolfson Children's Hospital (4 days/week) Addiction, juvenile justice and forensic adolescent psychiatry at Gateway Community Services residential treatment program (2.5 days/week)
Autism and developmental disorders at UF Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (1 day/week) Child protection at UF Child Protection and Forensic Pediatrics (1 day/week) Pediatric neurology at Nemours Children's Specialty Care and Wolfson Children's Hospital (1 day/week)
Year 2
Full year: Outpatient continuity at UF Health Psychiatry – San Jose (1 - 1.5 days/week)
Collaborative psychiatry at UF Health Psychiatry – San Jose (.5 day/week)
26 weeks 12 weeks 14 weeks
Consultation liaison and partial hospitalization care at Wolfson Children's Hospital (1.5 days/week) School consults (1 day/week) Elective (2 days/week)
Dialectical behavioral therapy at UF Health Psychiatry – San Jose (.5 day/week) Elective (.5 days/week)
Elective (1 day/week)

Fellows will have a longitudinal experience in outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry at UF Health Psychiatry – San Jose. Fellows will begin to care for patients at the start of their first year and provide continuity of care for these patients and families until the end of their fellowship training. This offers fellows a unique opportunity to develop lasting relationships with families and to learn about the course of psychiatric illness over time.

First-year fellows will spend six months on the inpatient and emergency rotation at Wolfson Children's Hospital. This freestanding children's hospital has been recognized as one of America's Best Children's Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report. Fellows will work in a 14-bed inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry unit that provides comprehensive acute psychiatry care for children and adolescents ages six to 18. In addition, fellows will provide psychiatry consultation in the Wolfson Children's Emergency Center.

The other six month rotation during the first year focuses on addiction, juvenile justice and forensics. During the addiction component, fellows will gain experience caring for youth with substance use disorders and other comorbid psychiatric disorders at Gateway Community Services, a long-term adolescent drug and alcohol residential treatment facility.

Fellows will participate in juvenile drug court, practice family and group therapy and observe juvenile justice forensic psychiatry evaluations. The patient population at Gateway Community Services is predominantly of lower socioeconomic status and includes a large population of racial minorities. In addition, fellows will rotate through multiple subspecialty sites in pediatric neurology, child protection and autism and developmental disabilities.

Second year fellows will continue their longitudinal experience at UF Health Psychiatry – San Jose.

Training Sites

UF Health Psychiatry – San Jose (Years 1-2):

UF Health Psychiatry – San Jose

UF Health Psychiatry – Dupont Station offers a range of outpatient and consultation services including:

  • Collaborative care programs to help primary care providers identify and treat children and adolescents with mental health problems
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy, including group skills training
  • School psychiatry consultations at local elementary, middle and high schools
  • Outpatient psychiatric care for children and adolescents with serious mental health problems
  • Outpatient psychiatry consultations to community primary care providers for children and adolescents with mental health problems

The patient population ranges in age from five years to 20 years. Fellows will care for youth with a variety of child psychiatric disorders including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety disorders, depression, disruptive behavioral disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Gateway Community Services (Year 1):

Gateway Community Services

Gateway Community Services is a long-term dual-diagnosis adolescent drug and alcohol residential treatment facility that cares for underserved adolescents ages 14-18 years. Fellows will care for adolescents who have experienced a wide range of substance use disorders including, but not limited to, alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, methamphetamine, benzodiazepine, opiate use disorders and co-morbid mental health disorders. Gateway Community Services is located 15 minutes away from UF Health Psychiatry – Dupont Station.

Wolfson Children's Hospital (Years 1-2):

Wolfson Children's Hospital

Wolfson Children's Hospital is a freestanding, tertiary-care children's hospital that serves families throughout the Southeast United States. This facility has a 14 bed inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry unit, a separate children's emergency room, as well as a partial child and adolescent psychiatric hospitalization program. Around one-fifth of the patients served have public insurance or are uninsured. Wolfson Children's Hospital is located 15 minutes away from the UF Health Psychiatry – Dupont Station.

Conferences

University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville's child and adolescent faculty and fellows are also active participants at this year’s annual meeting of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

AACAP Logo

Both first and second-year fellows will participate in monthly journal clubs and case conferences together. All fellows will practice for the child psychiatry board certification exam during the annual intensive board-preparation and clinical skills verification experience.

In addition, all fellows are invited to attend the department of psychiatry's grand rounds.

Conference topics during the first year of fellowship

  • Clinical interviewing in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Child and adolescent psychopathology
  • Cultural competency and gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender psychiatry
  • Psychotherapy for children, adolescents and families
  • Early childhood mental health problems and child developmental theories
  • Psychological testing for children and adolescents
  • Community systems of care and child welfare

All first-year fellows will also participate in the following specialized conferences that take place during their rotations focusing:

  • Normal and abnormal child development, developmental disorders and autism
  • Inpatient child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Addiction, juvenile justice and forensic psychiatry
  • Child abuse and neglect and forensic pediatrics

Conference topics during the second year of fellowship

In general, the advanced conferences during the second year are geared towards preparing fellows to serve as consultants in the community. The topics include:

  • Consult-liaison child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Collaborative care (integration of child mental health in primary care)
  • School consultation seminar
  • Back to school day (normal vs. abnormal development in the school setting)
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy in practice