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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Professional Education

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - Professional Education

Our Child and Adolescent Fellowship within the Department of Psychiatry provides fellows with a breadth of training experiences and research opportunities in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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For more information, contact Lisa Stack, Child Psychiatry fellowship and psychology internship coordinator, at

717-531-4120

The Penn State Children's Hospital offers a fully accredited, two-year fellowship training program in child and adolescent psychiatry. 

  • Applications are accepted in any year of training after the PGY-III year
  • Our program in an academic center ensures the highest quality didactic programs, clinical programs and research training
  • Our program's interdisciplinary approach to teaching, family-centered clinical approach and its strong research base foster an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and the highest standards of clinical care.

Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is located in a semi-rural setting, and serves a large, diverse patient population from a wide geographic area. All social classes, racial and ethnic backgrounds are represented in the resident's caseload. Several rotations are located in nearby densely populated urban areas such as Harrisburg and Lancaster.

The heart of the training program is a two year integrated didactic curriculum that covers a variety of topics in detail. These topics include:

  • Child Development
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Pediatric Psychopharmacology
  • Psychotherapies such as Family Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Dynamic Therapy, and Cognitive Therapy. 
  • Extended seminars are  held on a wide range of additional topics such as Administration in Child Psychiatry, Pediatric Neuropsychiatry, and Child Advocacy. 

Fellows participate in continuous case conferences over their two year training period. Dedicated didactic time is provided to the fellows in which they will gain mastery over biological approaches to therapy as well as grounding the fundamentals of several approaches to child and family psychotherapy. Monthly journal clubs are led by faculty and fellows, focusing on the most current and relevant literature.

These programs take place in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere. Faculty and fellows work together for the clinical benefit of the patients. Fellows work with the faculty to continually modify the training program to enhance the fellow's education. Collaboration includes work with the Psychology Internship Program.

We hope to have the opportunity to meet with you to describe many of the other exciting aspects of our training program.

Message from the Program Director

Penn State Children's Hospital offers an accredited, two-year fellowship training program in child psychiatry. Applications are accepted in any year of psychiatric residency training after the PGY-III year.

Our Children's Hospital is located in a scenic semi-rural setting and serves a large, diverse patient population from a wide geographic area on the campus of Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. All social classes, racial and ethnic backgrounds are represented.

The heart of our training program is a 40 hour per week, two year integrated didactic curriculum that covers a variety of topics in detail.

Monthly journal clubs and case conferences encourage trainees to develop their critical thinking skills while keeping them up-to-date with the current evidence based practices in psychiatry.

In addition to the scheduled rotations, fellows have a full month of elective time during the second year of training which they can use to pursue research or to enroll in a number of other clinical electives or other scholarly activities. Trainees are encouraged to design their own elective rotation targeting their specific area of interest in child psychiatry.

Penn State Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program offers innumerable, unique opportunities in scholarly activities and research. Our Psychiatry department has an in-house Research Day in which many fellows participate and have been recognized at and later presented their work at national meetings.

I look forward to meeting you in person and introducing you to the endless clinical and scholarly opportunities at our Program.

Fauzia Mahr, M.D.
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program
Vice Chief Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Message from the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

As the Division Director of Child Psychiatry, I would like to thank you for your interest in our Fellowship program. The training program is tightly woven into all aspects of our clinical and research efforts to ensure that trainees acquire the knowledge, acumen and skills necessary to practice in our ever evolving field. The program has a strong foundation with nineteen-core faculty across a variety of clinical settings providing exposure to a wide breadth of training experiences. Having recently migrated here from a large metropolitan research center, I can personally attest that Penn State Hershey and the surrounding area combines the resources of a large city with the warmth and accessibility of a small town. I have found it be an excellent place to raise children and practice medicine and hope that you will visit to decide for yourself.

James G. Waxmonsky, M.D 
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
 
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University

First Year

During the first year, clinical rotations are varied. The outpatient rotations are devoted to:

  • Pediatric Neurology Clinic
  • Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program
  • CBT Group 
  • ADHD Clinic
  • Pediatric Consultation Liaison
  • Anxiety Clinic
  • Mood Disorder Clinic
  • Autism Spectrum Clinic

First year training also includes a 6 month rotation at the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute Child Inpatient Unit (a collaboration between Hershey Medical Center and Pinnacle Health).

Second Year

The second year consists of two six-month rotations through through various community child psychiatry sites, outpatient clinics and elective rotations. These include:

  • Schools
  • Lincoln Intermediate Unit rotation (school based evaluations)
  • Community psychiatry centers
  • Forensic child psychiatry rotation
  • Substance abuse treatment center
  • ASD school/clinics
  • Electives
  • Longitudinal Clinic
  • Child Consultation Clinic
  • Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic
  • Scholarly activity rotation
  • Family therapy
  • Eating disorder outpatient
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic
  • Sleep Clinic
  • Long-term Psychodynamic Clinic
  • Mood Disorder Clinic
  • ADHD Clinic

These rotations occur in urban centers and in relatively remote rural centers.  On-site psychiatric supervision is provided at all of these rotations. The educational mission of the Penn State University is strongly supported at each of the sites.  Illustrative of the rotations are Lincoln Intermediate Unit, The Vista School, Caron Foundation, and the Capital Area Early Childhood Training Institute. 

Fellows are given one month of elective time.  They may chose to take this in December/January or May/June.   Fellows can use this time to pursue research or to enroll in a number of other clinical electives.  Electives available include child abuse assessment, pediatric sleep disorders, Autism, genetics, eating disorders, forensic psychiatry, and multiple research electives.  Fellows are encouraged to design their electives based on their future clinical, research, and administrative goals after graduation.

Off-Site Rotations

Forensic Rotation (Fellowship – 1st year)

Fellows will observe assessments as they are conducted on children and families involved in custody disputes, termination of parental rights cases and juvenile decertification.  Following each evaluative session, the fellows will have an opportunity to ask questions, make comments and generally discuss the procedures used in the evaluation process.

Caron Foundation (Fellowship – 2nd year)

Caron Foundation Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment Center is a 110-acre drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation facility  in Wernersville, PA. 

This is a required 4 month rotation,where second year fellows spend 20% of their time (one full day per week).  The treatment population consists of adolescent males and females, ages 13-19 . Referrals originate  across the county, and the population represents a diverse cultural background. 

Vista School (Fellowship – 2nd year)

This rotation is required in the second year of training and consists of spending one half-day per month for four months at the Vista School, an approved private school for children with autism.

The primary clinical activity of this rotation is performing psychiatric evaluations and supervising a medication clinic at the school.  Evaluations include interviewing the parents and professional staff for the identified student as well as extensive classroom observations.  Additionally, there is opportunity to participate in classroom and treatment team meetings.  The residents are encouraged to take advantage of the continuing education and training modules offered at the school.

Lincoln Intermediate Unit (Fellowship – 2nd year)

This is a required four month rotation where second year fellows spend 20% of their time.  Residents  spend time at the York Learning Center (York County) 80% and the Franklin Learning Center (Chambersburg, Franklin County) 20%.

Residents routinely perform two psychiatric evaluations (under direct supervision of staff) in a clinic day and act as primary psychiatrists in the exit interview with parents and educational staff.  Residents then spend 1-2 hours with school psychologist(s) and/or instructional advisor(s) in direct observation of children in the school and/or testing situations in order to  to observe and gain understanding of both "at risk" children and their "normal" counterparts.

PGY-5

Ankur Patel, Fellow

Ankur Patel, MD

Kristen Yost, Fellow

Kristen Yost, MD

PGY-4

Mariame Barry, Fellow

Mariame Barry, MD

Maanvi Kumar, Fellow

Maanvi Kumar, MD

Applications will be accepted through the end of September. Interviews are scheduled through the end of November.

  1. Ideally, the candidate will have successfully completed three (or four) years of an ACGME accredited Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program.
  2. Although we prefer candidates to be U.S. citizens or green card holders, we will consider J-1 visa holders.
  3. We participate in the National Resident Matching Program for Child and Adolescent Fellowships. It is an early match which occurs in January.
  4. View our Resident Benefit Summary and a sample of our Resident Agreement.
  5. Applications for the 2017-18 academic year will be accepted via ERAS only - deadline to apply is December 1st 2016:
    • Curriculum Vitae (current)
    • Personal Statement
    • Board Scores: USMLE 1, 2 is required, USMLE 3 if PGY 3 or above. COMPLEX scores for DO applicants.
    • Valid ECFMG certificate (if IMG)
    • Dean's Letter from Medical School
    • Medical School Transcripts
    • 3 Reference Letters (one letter must be from your current Training Director addressing professional integrity and performance. The two additional letters must be from faculty you have worked with)
    • The letter of recommendation from your Program Director should be uploaded along with the Training Verification Form (PDF)
    • Letter explaining time gaps if necessary
    • Completed Attestation Form (send form to program as an attachment via message in ERAS) (PDF)

Complete applications submitted via ERAS are required for consideration.  Please do not email application materials. 

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