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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Curriculum

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship curriculum provides comprehensive clinical training experiences in acute inpatient psychiatry, consultation-liaison, partial hospitalization, emergency services, community mental health and specialized outpatient clinics. There are robust opportunities to develop skills in teaching, systems-based improvement, research, collaboration across disciplines, and public and global health initiatives. Fellows trained at Indiana University School of Medicine leave prepared to work as leaders in a full spectrum of roles in private, academic, research and community settings.

The typical schedule starts with acute psychiatry services, including inpatient, consultation-liaison, partial hospitalization program and exposure to the emergency department’s behavioral health assessment center. Starting the first half of the year in acute services helps familiarize the fellow for “on call” experience. Most of the acute service rotations occur in Indiana’s only free standing, tertiary-care children’s hospital, Riley Hospital for Children. The remainder of the time is focused on outpatient general and specialty clinics, psychotherapy (CBT, psychodynamic, family, and group), and electives. 

Clinical Experience

Program Leadership

Block Schedule



4 Months

2 Month

6 months

Acute Inpatient/Day- treatment

Consultation- Liaison


-or- 6 Months

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic




6 Months Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient

(continuation from 6 months in year 1) including the following:

School Consultation, Forensic Evaluation and OP

Community Clinic

Normal Child Development

Adolescent Chemical Dependency

Pediatric Neurology Clinics


6 Months Electives




12 Months Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient

including the following:


Normal Child Development







Neurology Clinics







Evaluation and OP





Community Clinic





Didactic Curriculum

The Department of Psychiatry at IU School of Medicine has shifted the didactic curriculum to be a developmental experience throughout training. Trainees from adult psychiatry, triple board, and child fellowship participate in a shared, two-year, rotating curriculum exploring normal human experience and neuropsychiatric pathology throughout the lifespan. This process will allow for mastery of basic concepts to the most complex applications over time as the trainee has more clinical knowledge and experience. The program also encourages and develops resident and fellow as teachers. The child curriculum will have break away sessions, allowing for more exposure to child specific content and expertise.  Additional exciting seminars include a child specific journal club, a book club reviewing common child psychiatry references for families, psychodynamic psychotherapy series and psychotherapy group supervision.



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