Child and Adolescent Fellowship in Psychiatry


The UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program is an ACGME- accredited program.

  1. During the first year, the fellows gain experience in the inpatient setting, in the outpatient clinic, and in long-term outpatient care. In addition to the inpatient rotations, the fellows rotate in the Pediatric Trauma Clinic once a week while on the consult liason rotation. In this clinic, they conduct clinical evaluations, as well as observe their peers conducting evaluations, through a one way mirror with supervision. First-year fellows also carry one long-term outpatient therapy case throughout the year. 
    Each fellow completes three 4 month-long clinical rotations:
    1. Child and Adolescent Inpatient Service/Adolescent Partial Program
    2. Young Child Partial Program
    3. Consultation-Liaison/ER.
  2. In the second year, the fellows work in the outpatient setting. In addition to outpatient work, second year fellows complete clinical rotations in consultation to community, school and forensic settings and carry at least two long-term outpatient cases. All second year fellows are required to do one elective in child and adolescent psychiatry for five hours per week. 
    The Fellows see children and adolescents for evaluations and treatment in five clinics: 
    1. High-Risk Child Clinic
    2. Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic
    3. General Child Outpatient Clinic
    4. Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic
    5. Pediatric Neuropsychiatry Clinic. 

Supplemental information is available on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Application process: 

Application Requirements

Eligible candidates will have completed an ACGME–accredited psychiatry residency program prior to start date of the fellowship

For the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, UCLA will accept applications only via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

The steps to apply are as follows:

  1. Complete the ERAS application for fellowships.
  2. Arrange for us to receive:
    • a dean's letter
    • a transcript of your medical school grades
    • a personal statement
    • scores obtained on the USMLE examinations
    • at least three letters of recommendation (at least one from psychiatry is encouraged, but not required) plus a letter from your training director

Applications will be received and reviewed beginning July 1st and the deadline to apply is October 3rd.

 Clinical Skills Verifications Requirements

All applicants must have two (2) passing Clinical Skills Verifications prior to the start of fellowship; one (1) by December 1st of the application year, and at least two (2) completed by June 30th.

Applications and questions about the application process or fellowship should be directed to:

Karina Amaya
Housestaff Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry
760 Westwood Plaza, 37-384
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Phone: (310) 825-0018   ~   Fax: (310) 825-6483   ~   Email:

 Additional Information

We comply with the policies and procedures of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and all six of our categorical positions and our research track position are filled through this program. You can sign up for it by calling (202) 828 0676 or at the website at The due date to register with NRMP and to obtain the match number is in early December for training starting on July 1st of the following year. Notification of the NRMP results will take place in January.

Please note that if you are applying from a non-California training program and you attended medical school in the United States, you are no longer required to obtain California medical license PRIOR to NRMP rank list deadline. Should you match with our program, however, you will be expected to start the application process in mid January and closely follow all deadlines. For details regarding licensure in California please refer to the California Medical Board website at

If you are a foreign medical graduate and do not have California medical license, please call Karina Amaya, the training program coordinator, at (310) 825-0018 for clarification of your eligibility for our program.

Interview Day

Up to 5 applicants will be interviewed on each designated interview day. All interviews will take place at the UCLA Semel Institute, with a typical interview day schedule below:

8:30am-9:30am - Breakfast with the faculty 

9:30am-10:00am - Meeting with the Program Coordinator 

10:00am-12:00pm - Individual meetings with faculty/fellows 

12:00pm-1:00pm - Lunch with the fellows

1:00pm-4:00pm - Individual meetings with faculty/fellows 

4:00pm-5:00pm - Hospital tour with the Chief Fellows 

5:00pm - Social event with the fellows at a local restaurant

Questions? Contact:
Karina Amaya, Training Program Coordinator
760 Westwood Plaza, 37-384
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Training Director: Sheryl Kataoka, MD
Associate Program Director: Marcy Forgey, MD, MPH 

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Application deadline: 
3 Oct 2014
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