Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
The Training Program
About the Program
The Fellowship 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.
What to ExpectDuring the first year of their child psychiatry training, fellows work on an acute crisis stabilization unit at a community mental health center for four months. Fellows participate in a number of outpatient clinics at USF including genetics, early steps, parent-child interactional training and have a continuity clinic at the Silver Child Development Center. Fellows participate in a CBT clinic at USF Rothman Center in St. Petersburg. Additionally, fellows satisfy their training requirements for pediatric neurology during the first year.
The second year of the training is all outpatient care. Fellows participate in an advanced psychopharmacology clinic at John Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg working with medically complex youth as well as providing consultation to hospital inpatient teams. Second year fellows also see patients at a community mental health center throughout the year. Fellows have rotations in school consultation and an outpatient intensive substance treatment program. Research opportunities are available for interested fellows.
Gracepoint Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit in Tampa. Fellows will see patients at Hillsborough 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 the majority of whom are brought for assessment on an involuntary hold. Fellows work in concert with an interdisciplinary team providing psychiatric assessments and crisis intervention services
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL is a pediatric multidisciplinary hospital with a variety of associated outpatient clinics. Fellows are at this site one to two days per week during their second year. Fellows perform psychiatric consultation for patients admitted to the hospital and see patients in the Pediatric Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic. The outpatient clinic specializes in psychopharmacology for youth with complex medical and psychiatric disorders.
Northside Behavioral Health is a community mental center in Tampa located close to USF’s campus. Second year fellows will conduct psychiatric evaluations for youth being served at this site and interfacing with a multidisciplinary team to create treatment recommendations. Fellows 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
Leigh Ruth, M.D.
Saundra Stock, M.D.
Faculty - Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Faculty - Gracepoint Wellness
USF Rothman Center in St. Pete
Faculty - Northside Behavioral Health
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
For more information on current stipend and benefits, housestaff handbook, wellness programs and more, please visit USF Graduate Medical Education.
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:
- Letter Attesting to General Psychiatry Board Eligibility - To be completed by your Training Director including dates of successful adult CSE examinations.
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