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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program

Welcome to the Emory Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Program.  We are pleased that you are interested in becoming a child and adolescent psychiatrist and are thinking about our program. Our program offers a range of activities associated with a diverse set of clinical institutions that provides a challenging, comprehensive, and stimulating experience.  This educational experience is designed to produce knowledgeable and skilled child and adolescent psychiatrists who are passionate about caring for children, adolescents and families as clinicians, teachers, researchers, and advocates.  

The child and adolescent psychiatry residency program at Emory University School of Medicine is a two year program which has been designed to offer training composed of a well balanced mix of clinical experiences, formal didactics, and theoretical orientations.  The emphasis is upon the acquisition of diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultation skills which can be applied across the developmental spectrum, based on current concepts of cognition and biological growth, learning theory, psychoanalytic theory, and family systems models.  The diverse clinical rotations coupled with a core of didactic seminars sand lectures provide each trainee with a balanced experience in theoretical models and practical applications as the resident functions as a diagnostician, treating physician, therapist, team leader, and consultant.  During the two years of training, the resident develops an increasing competence in clinical abilities, teaching, research, and administration through a series of graduate learning experiences.  Each resident also receives close supervision from faculty members which fosters professional development.  

Residents have the opportunity to evaluate and treat children and adolescents over the developmental age range with a broad spectrum of diagnosis and treatment options in a variety of well-supervised settings.  During the first year, the initial focus is on descriptive diagnosis, interviewing, biological interventions, psychological understanding and treatment planning in settings with close, direct observation of patient care.  In the second year, the focus becomes the residents consolidating their skills and extending these skills to specific populations and settings, as well as developing into an autonomous, self sufficient and independent practitioner under the appropriate supervision.  Throughout the program, residents are exposed to issues of teaching, research, and administration with varying levels of participation depending on the situation.   

This program is conceptualized as a part of an educational process which has included medical school and general psychiatry.  Child and adolescent psychiatry builds and expands upon those experiences.  The program provides a core of clinical and educational experiences with some elective time that can be tailored to each individual.  The program takes into account differences in prior training and experiences, clinical skills, interests, cultural issues and future plans, and is flexible so that individual needs can be met.  

During this residency, child and adolescent residents are expected to complete responsibly all clinical assignments in an acceptable and ethical manner.  They are expected to attend and participate in all required seminars and other educational supervision. Residents are expected to participate in the evaluation process, both for themselves, their rotations, and supervisors.  

Upon completion of the residency, the resident will have had well supervised experiences in diagnosing and treating all the major psychiatric disorders in children, adolescents and families; a progressive exposure to broad theoretical perspectives of development, from infancy through adolescents; a comprehensive exposure to the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry within medical and community settings; an in-depth experience with administrative and clinical aspects of a variety of health care systems; critical training in reading the literature as well as basic research methodology; and personal experience with a private practice in the training clinic.  This comprehensive and broad based experience prepares residents to move into practice in private, public, and/or academic arenas.  

Arden Dingle MD

Program Director, adingle@emory.edu