Training Director: Ross Yaple, M.D.
The Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University
training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a two-year
program, fully accredited by the ACGME. We offer physicians
an educational experience which is carefully supervised by
our faculty in a variety of busy clinical settings. The patient
population is diverse socioculturally and treatment services
are tailored to individual needs. Coursework emphasizes a
developmental neuroscience and neuropsychiatry approach; and
supervision requires evaluating a case from multiple perspectives
and choosing a treatment which is most likely to keep a child
in the community, preserve family integrity and support parents
in their struggles to be good parents. There is a strong eclectic
didactic curriculum, spanning 11 months of the year. There
is strong emphasis on individual supervision. The development
of consultation skills for complex clinical and administrative
problems is a priority in the training. Knowledge of and the
ability to critically review the scientific literature in
the field is an essential component of our training experience
as is the development of teaching and presentation skills.
Training is eclectic with appropriate emphasis on short term
and long term treatment models, cognitive behavioral as well
as psychodynamic approaches in understanding and treating
children. The fellowship is supervised by a 8 full time faculty
which makes it one of the largest divisions of Board Certified
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, in the country.
Fellows will work intensively with short-term, intermediate-care
and day-treatment patients. The Fellowship offers training
in subspecialty clinics, such as ADHD/Developmental Disabilities
and Mood Disorders. It also offers training in juvenile forensics,
pediatric consultation/liaison and community psychiatry. There
are opportunities to work with the deaf and hearing impaired.
The program accepts 2 fellows per year. Eligible candidates
for the fellowship are residents who will have completed their
PGY 3 year in General Psychiatry by the anticipated date of
joining. The first year involves training in the assessment
and management of children and adolescents in acute and intermediate
stay settings. The second year involves outpatient experiences
in community mental health centers and the Virginia Treatment
Center for Children, consultation liaison with pediatrics
and forensic training.