Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency
The mission of the UCSF Child Psychiatry Training Program is to develop leaders in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry, in academics, research, clinical care, community service, administration, and advocacy. Our graduates are expected to become expert clinicians, master teachers, funded researchers, competent administrators, and effective advocates who will be forces of change within organized medicine and our patients’ communities. Our training program, in addition to offering a course in leadership per se, also includes seminars and pathways in Advocacy, Educational Scholarship, and Research. These pathways are analogous to those in our UCSF School of Medicine.
Applicants to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program must have completed, or be in their third year of an accredited General Psychiatry Program. Applicants who come in to this program need to provide documentation that they have completed, or will be able to complete, all requirements in training in General Psychiatry. Applicants who match with our program for Match 2013 will need to obtain a California medical license before July 1, 2013.
How to Apply
The deadline has passed for submitting applications for Match 2012. For Match 2013, please provide the following by October 1, 2012:
Our program participates in theNational Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training programs. The deadline for training programs and applicants to submit their preference lists to the NRMP will be announced when this is available.
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Terms and Conditions of Employment (Word)
Attestation Questions (Word)
Resources for Foreign Applicants
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Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates website and Online Booklet
UCSF Services to International Students & Scholars
During their two-year program, child and adolescent psychiatry residents encounter a full range of diagnostic and treatment issues relevant to child and adolescent mental disorders. Modes of therapy utilized include individual psychotherapy with or without concomitant individual psychotherapy for family members, family therapy, couples therapy, group therapy, psychopharmacology, behavioral and cognitive-therapy.
Clinical activities during the first year of training are organized around an approximately one-third time experience at a residential treatment program for latency-age children. Trainees begin long-term outpatient psychotherapy with patients of differing ages (pre-school, latency, and adolescent), including collateral work with their parents or guardians. In addition, trainees conduct diagnostic assessments and short-term treatment of patients referred to the outpatient service. Second-year training activities include continuation of a variety of outpatient therapies with a range of children and adolescents, supervision of adult psychiatry residents and medical students, pediatric consultation-liaison, school consultation and consultation in community systems. During both years, activities are supplemented with a variety of seminars and conferences. Seecourse description (Word).
Research is not required during training but is strongly encouraged. A research methodology course is taught in the first year. A monthly journal club focuses on current research and research methodology. Trainees are invited to approach child psychiatry faculty about participating in ongoing research, to speak with others in the Department who have projects that are potentially relevant to child mental health disorders, or to initiate their own projects. Areas of emphasis include aspects of diagnosis, etiology, course, and treatment of early infant-parent attachment, affective disorders, pervasive developmental disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and neuropsychiatric movement disorders, such as Tourette’s Disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Also of interest are treatment of early trauma and diagnostic and treatment issues pertinent to the residential psychiatric care of seriously disturbed children.
Manisha Punwani, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco
401 Parnassus Avenue, Box 0984-CAS
San Francisco, CA 94143-0984
Research efforts in the area of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Information on LPPI Child and Adolescent Services
Information on SFGH Child and Adolescent Clinics and Services