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.
The second year of the training is all outpatient care. Residents participate in several clinics at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, 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 Silver 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.
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.
Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL is a pediatric multidisciplinary hospital with a variety of associated outpatient clinics. Residents are at this site one to two days per week during their second year. Residents will 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.
Gracepoint Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit in Tampa. 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 in Tampa. 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.
The Tampa Residential Facility (TRF) is a 60-bed residential program for high-risk boys, ages 14 to 18, who are in need of comprehensive mental health services. Of the 60 beds, 24 beds may be used for substance abuse treatment services. Residents will work here a half day per week in their first year doing psychiatric assessments and medication management visits.
Children’s Medical Services has a building on USF’s campus that 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 genetics, pediatric neurology and Early Steps developmental assessment clinic.
Phoenix House is an outpatient substance abuse treatment center. At this site, residents will see youth in the substance treatment program for diagnostic evaluation and medication management as part of the multidisciplinary treatment team.
Interdisciplinary Center for Evaluation and Intervention (ICEI) at USF. This clinic provides consultation to schools that are having difficulty managing children in the classroom environment. Residents participate in assessments and team meetings. 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.
Rothman Center for Pediatric Neuropsychiatry located in St. Petersburg. The Rothman Center offers an integrated practice of clinical care for individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), autism spectrum disorders, tic disorders, PANDAS, trichotillomania, learning disorders, and body dysmorphic disorder that is all-encompassing and multi-disciplinary, from diagnosis and evidence-based treatment to education, research and outreach. Residents work at this site one day per week during their second year performing diagnostic evaluations and providing ongoing treatment to patients.
Sample Year 1 Schedule
|AM||Inpatient Unit||Inpatient Unit||Inpatient Unit||Didactics||Inpatient Unit|
|PM||Inpatient Unit||Outpatient clinic
Silver Child Development Center
|Inpatient Unit||Inpatient Unit||Inpatient Unit|
|AM||Genetics clinic||Pediatric Neurology at USF||Rothman Center||Didactics||Quality Improvement & Scholarly Activity|
Silver Child Development Center
|Early Steps||Rothman Center||Juvenile Justice
Sample Year 2 Schedule
|AM||Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital clinic & consults||Northside community mental health||Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital clinic & consults||Didactics||Rothman Center|
|PM||Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital clinic & consults||Northside community mental health||Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital clinic & consults||Outpatient clinic- USF Silver Child Development Center||Rothman Center|
|AM||ICEI School consult||Northside community mental health||Rothman Center||Didactics||Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital clinic & consults|
|PM||Northside community mental health||Phoenix House outpatient substance treatment||Rothman Center||Outpatient clinic-USF Silver Child Development Center||Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital clinic & consults|
|AM||Northside community mental health||Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital clinic & consults||Rothman Center||Didactics||Northside community mental health|
|PM||Northside community mental health||Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital clinic & consults||Rothman Center||Outpatient clinic-USF Silver Child Development Center||Northside community mental 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:
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.
Interested applicants should submit the following:
After registering please submit material below through ERAS:
Verification of General Psychiatry Board Eligibility:
3515 E Fletcher Ave Tampa, FL 33613
Rimma McKnight firstname.lastname@example.org
Saundra Stock, M.D.
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program