Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Training Program

The Residency Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a two-year subspecialty program that is fully accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Three residents per year are accepted into the program. The program provides a broad spectrum of well-supervised clinical and didactic experiences in inpatient, outpatient, consultation liaison, and school psychiatry. The major goal of the program is to train competent child and adolescent psychiatrists whose ability to understand and treat the psychiatric problems of children, adolescents and families is based upon a firm theoretical and clinical foundation.

During the first year of their child psychiatry training, residents work on an acute inpatient unit for children and adolescents for 8 months. They participate in a number of outpatient clinics at USF and participate in a CBT clinic at the Rothman Center in St. Pete. Additionally, residents satisfy their training requirements for pediatric neurology during the first year.

Year One

8 Months

  • Inpatient 80%
  • Outpatient Silver Center 10%
  • Didactics 10%

4 Months

  • Outpatient 90%
    • Rothman 10%
    • CBT @ Rothman 10%
    • Silver Child Development Center 10%
    • Neurology 10%
    • Early Steps 10%
    • Parent Child-Interaction Therapy 10%
    • Genetics Clinic 10%
    • Juvenile Justice Site 10%
    • ADD Adolescent Medicine Clinic 10%
  • Didactics 10%

Sample Year 1 Schedule

8 months:

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Inpatient Unit Inpatient Unit Inpatient Unit Didactics Inpatient Unit
Inpatient Unit Outpatient clinic
Silver Child Development Center
Inpatient Unit Inpatient Unit Inpatient Unit


4 months:

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Genetics clinic Pediatric Neurology at USF Rothman Center Didactics Adolescent medicine clinic
Outpatient clinic
Silver Child Development Center
Early Steps Rothman Center Juvenile Justice
residential facility
PCIT Clinic

Year Two

The second year of the training is all outpatient care. Residents participate in several clinics at All Children's Hospital in St. Pete, FL including an advanced psychopharmacology clinic working with medically complex children as well as diagnostic clinics for youth with pervasive developmental disorders, tic disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Residents provide consultation to a variety of different schools and see continuity patients at USF’s Sliver Child Development Center. Second year residents also see patients at an outpatient substance abuse treatment center and a community mental health center. Research opportunities are available for interested residents.

4 Months
  • Rothman Neuropsychiatry 20%
  • All Children's Clinic Advanced Psychopharmacology and consultation-liaison 20%
  • Community mental health center 20%
  • Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (school consultation) 10%
  • Substance abuse 10%
  • Silver Center 10%
  • Didactics 10%

4 Months

  • Rothman Neuropsychiatry 20%
  • All Children's Clinic Advanced Psychopharmacology and consultation-liaison 40%
  • Community mental health center 20%
  • Silver Center 10%
  • Didactics 10%

4 Months

  • Rothman Neuropsychiatry 20%
  • All Children's Clinic Advanced Psychopharmacology and consultation-liaison 20%
  • Community mental health center 40%
  • Silver Center 10% 
  • Didactics 10%

Sample Year 2 Schedule

July-December:

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
All Children clinic and consults All Children clinic and consults Rothman Center Didactics Scholarly activity
All Children clinic and consults All Children clinic and consults Rothman Center Outpatient clinic-Silver Child Development Center Outpatient clinic-Silver Child Development Center


January-June:

Mon Tues Wed Thur Fri
Rothman Center ICEI School consult All Children clinic and consults Didactics All Children clinic and consults
Rothman Center Phoenix All Children clinic and consults Outpatient clinic-Silver Child Development Center All Children clinic and consults

Clinical Sites

The Silver Child Development Center located at the University of South Florida Psychiatry Center is the site for general and specialty outpatient clinics. Residents will see patients at this site for a minimum of a half-day per week throughout the two year program. Residents will conduct diagnostic assessments and see follow up patients employing both medication management as well as psychotherapy for patients under their care.

All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL is a pediatric multidisciplinary hospital with a variety of associated outpatient clinics. During the program, residents will see patients at the Pediatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic and the Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry. Residents will also perform psychiatric consultation for patients admitted to the hospital.

Gracepoint Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit – Residents will see patients at the county’s children’s crisis center conducting urgent evaluations for children and families in crisis as well as caring for youth who are admitted to the crisis center. This facility serves children from a range of socioeconomic backgrounds including children with Medicaid or no insurance.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Behavioral Health Unit – is a child and adolescent inpatient unit. Residents will work with an interdisciplinary team to perform in depth psychiatric evaluations on children and adolescents admitted to inpatient psychiatry unit. These patients will be followed closely for the duration of their stay. Residents are encouraged to observe and lead individual and group therapy sessions on the unit and to practice various therapy modalities on inpatient unit. Patients are varied in diagnoses, severity, and social backgrounds. Opportunities for publications, including case studies, are available to those interested. Academic atmosphere with an emphasis on quality patient care and learning.

Children’s Medical Services – building on USF’s campus houses clinics for a number of pediatric specialties providing care to patients with Medicaid or local/state funding.  Residents will work at a variety of sites during their first year including work with genetics, adolescent medicine, pediatric neurology and early steps developmental assessment clinic. 

Phoenix House – is an outpatient substance abuse treatment center. Here residents see patients in the program for diagnostic evaluation and medication management as part of the multidisciplinary treatment team.

Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention – Residents participate in assessment of children referred for assistance managing them in a school environment. This site conducts many autism evaluations and residents will participate in specialized evaluations including the ADOS.

Northside Behavioral Health is a community mental center in Tampa located close to USF’s campus.  Second year residents will conduct psychiatric evaluations for youth being served at this site and interfacing with a multidisciplinary team to create treatment recommendations.  Residents will have the opportunity to co-lead groups for families that have experienced trauma as well as provide parent management training.   


Faculty - University of South Florida site

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Karen Goldberg, M.D.

Faculty - All Children's Hospital site

Jeffrey Alvaro, M.D.

Tanya Murphy, M.D.

Mark Cavitt, M.D.

Eric Storch, Ph.D.

Adam Lewin, M.D.

Faculty - Gracepoint Wellness

Nieves Iglesias, M.D.

St. Joseph's Behavioral Health Unit site

Hassan Bokhari, M.D.

Didactics

The residents in the child and adolescent program attend a half-day per week of educational conferences on Thursday mornings. The didactic program is set on a two-year cycle allowing all residents in the program to attend conferences together. The didactic series includes:

  • Assessment seminar
  • Development seminar
  • Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Systems Based Practice
  • Psychosomatic and Consultation
  • Forensic Issues and Ethics in Child Psychiatry
  • School-Based interventions
  • Parent Management
  • Clinical Case Conference
  • Journal Club

Requirements for Applicants

Residents must have completed at least three years of psychiatric training prior to entering the program and have passed the USMLE Step 3 exam. Residents also need to have successfully passed 2 adult CSEs to enter the program.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit the following:

  • Apply through the National Resident Matching Program Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) website at www.nrmp.org
  • Register for a National Resident Matching Program Number

After registering please submit material below through ERAS:

  • ERAS application
  • A personal statement about your interest in child psychiatry
  • 3 letters of reference (including letter from Program Director with Attestation as below)
  • Updated CV
  • USMLE scores Medical school transcript
  • ECFMG certificate, if international graduate
  • USA Citizenship, Permanent Resident status or J-1 visa

Verification of General Psychiatry Board Eligibility:

Contact information:
Education Office
3515 E Fletcher Ave Tampa, FL 33613
(813) 974-5926
Rimma McKnight rmcknigh@health.usf.edu