Fellowship Didactics

The didactic curriculum is designed to complement clinical rotations and other experiences with an emphasis placed on fellow participation and preparation. Fellows are expected to demonstrate initiative in terms of seeking out and participating in didactic and clinical experiences, both required and optional throughout training.

Courses are organized longitudinally and cover the below topics. Topics are covered throughout the two years of fellowship.


Covers basic knowledge and skills necessary to practice Child and Adolescent Psychiatry effectively

  • Development - normal and pathological processes
  • Evaluation, Assessment, and Formulation
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychotherapy - Individual: Supportive, Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Play, and Family Therapy
  • Psychosocial Interventions

Practice of Psychiatry

Covers information required to be a successful Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

  • Literacy
  • Journal Club
  • Grand Rounds
  • Systems of Care
  • Ethics/Professionalism
  • Use of Technology
  • Teaching and education
  • Psychiatric Practice/Preparation for Practice
  • Scholarly/Quality Improvement Project

Administrative Leadership

Covers activities related to psychiatric leadership and administration

  • Chief Fellow Meeting
  • Program Director Meeting
  • Clinical Site/Treatment Team Meetings

The didactic curriculum

  • utilizes case-based, small group approaches, requiring preparation prior to and active participation during seminars
  • cover all topics over the course of two years
  • is led by a set of core faculty with invited guest faculty to promote an optimal consistent interactive learning environment
  • is inclusive of fellow presentations of case material from clinical experiences
  • contains live, online, and electronic programming; synchronous and asynchronous learning; interactive activities and self-assessment tasks; and various forms of media
  • integrates educational programing from several organizations and online resources
  • incorporates ethical/professional concepts, principles of adult learning, and the use of technology throughout the curriculum in multiple courses

Didactic seminars

  • occur on Thursday afternoons weekly in a block of protected with no clinical assignments as well as informally at clinical sites during rotations
  • are appropriate to the educational expectation of fellows with some overlap and integrated courses with residents
  • are complementary to seminars, which occur on specific rotations

Fellows design, implement, and present (verbal and written) a scholarly project based on individual interests in research, educational, clinical, and/or administrative work during their two years of fellowship training. Fellows will have an assigned mentor and the necessary knowledge, skills, and time will be provided in the didactic and clinical curriculum.