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Curriculum

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The curriculum is online and maintained in the D2L (Desire to learn) platform. Using the online platforms provides fellows the opportunity to access lectures and resources to refer to throughout their training.  Additionally, articles, assignments, and links to past PRTIE questions are available.   

The curriculum is designed to build the development of knowledge over the two-year period. In the first month, fellows will get to know our program and learn the basics in our Boot Camp course, focusing on systems of care in Arizona, an introduction to the inpatient psychiatry Sanctuary model, review mandating reporting requirements, and introduce psychopathology/treatment to familiarize fellows to basic skills to be successful in the inpatient setting.

During the remainder of the year, we cover topics including psychopathology, therapeutic modalities, neurodevelopment, normal development, and pharmacology. Specific rotations will also include relevant content. For example, the Consult and Liaison rotation has topics ranging from Sickle Cell, transplant, and delirium. During the Neurology rotation, the curriculum is developed and delivered by the Department of Neurology at PCH. 

The remaining year curriculum will include a weekly meeting that will alternate a case conference, M&M, Journal club with the second-year fellow, and attendings.  Didactics for the remaining year may be shared with the psychology/MHT trainees or other learners rotating at PCH. 

In addition to the formal didactic curriculum, there are weekly Barrow Neurological Institute Grand Rounds which the fellows will be expected to present at yearly.  PCH also has a medical Grand Round held weekly that fellows are encouraged to attend and Banner University holds a weekly adult psychiatry Grand Round.

Fellows will also present lunch and learn meetings with the general pediatric residents monthly, attend through GME and have the opportunity to participate in a Faculty Learning Community aimed at teaching community pediatricians how to diagnose and manage ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety in youth.

The second-year curriculum will continue to build on principles from the first year while incorporating advanced topics including reproductive psychiatry, perinatal and infant psychiatry, addictions, and forensics. You will also be able to participate in unique clinics including medical-psychiatry (22Q, Diabetes, Tourette’s, Gender clinic, developmental peds, and homeless youth).  A part of the 2nd year curriculum will include career planning, preparation for Board Exams, and neuropsychological testing.

In addition to formal didactics and clinics, you will have the opportunity to participate in our institutional IRB meeting, an ethics meeting, and to gain exposure to more administrative functions.  You will be provided dedicated time to complete an advanced scholarly project.

While not a requirement, obtaining a Master’s degree in Translational Medicine is available to the fellows who are interested.

Application

The University of Arizona – Phoenix Children and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship participates in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). https://students-residents.aamc.org/

Please contact Daniel White with questions about our application process.

Lorin Akers, MS, HRM
Program Administrator
Phoenix Children's Hospital

P: 602-933-0856
lakers@phoenixchildrens.com

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