Education

Overview

The UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program is an ACGME- accredited program that has two RRC-approved tracks: a traditional, 2-year clinical training program (6 positions per year) and a 3-year research-clinical training program (1 position per year).

The UCLA Semel Institute’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program has trained many of our nation’s clinical and research leaders in the field of child psychiatry.  Overall, the UCLA child psychiatry training program seeks to balance meeting all ACGME requirements with providing opportunities for exposure to the breadth of evidence-based clinical programs and research in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences. The first year is dedicated to clinical training in predominantly hospital-based clinical settings, including our renowned Eating Disorders Unit, early childhood autism program, pediatric and emergency room consultation, adolescent inpatient unit and our young child partial hospital program.  Also during the first year, fellows will have the opportunity to begin training in long-term psychotherapy and family therapy.  Other educational experiences include lecture series that focus on child development and psychopathology, pediatric psychopharmacology, and pediatric psychosomatic medicine.  In preparation for the advanced seminar series, an introductory seminar in research methods to improve research literacy for clinicians is convened in the spring. 

The second year of clinical training is dedicated to the care of children with psychiatric disorders and their families in multiple outpatient care settings, ranging from university-based general and sub-specialty clinics to community-based settings, such as juvenile justice and community mental health centers.  Consequently, the core didactic series for the second year fellows are dedicated to more specialized areas within child psychiatry. The goal is to raise awareness of future advances to anticipate within the field as you enter clinical practice and/or areas for future research to build an academic career. Elective time is set aside to explore special areas of interest within child psychiatry, and to collaborate with a faculty mentor of your choosing, in such areas as administration, international child psychiatry, education, clinical subspecialty training, and research.  

Overall, the strengths of our training program are the outstanding quality of our fellows, dedicated and talented intramural and clinical faculty, and tremendous breadth of academic opportunities within UCLA’s Department of Psychiatry and affiliated university and community-based programs.

Traditional 2-year Clinical Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

During the first year, the fellows gain experience in hospital-based settings, in an outpatient clinic, and in long-term psychotherapy. In addition to the acute inpatient and partial hospital rotations, the fellows rotate in the UCLA Family STAR (Stress, Trauma, And Resilience) Clinic once a week while on the consult liaison rotation. In this clinic, they conduct clinical evaluations, as well as observe their peers conducting evaluations, through a one-way mirror with supervision. 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

In the second year, the fellows work in the outpatient setting. In addition to outpatient work, second year fellows are exposed to forensic settings and carry at least two long-term psychotherapy cases. All second year fellows are required to do one elective in child and adolescent psychiatry for five hours per week. Electives range from international electives, research projects, an inpatient chiefship, just to name a few.

The Fellows see children and adolescents for evaluations and treatment in five clinics: 

  1. Augustus Hawkins Community Mental Health Clinic
  2. CHAMP (Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program) Clinic
  3. Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic
  4. General Child Outpatient Clinic
  5. Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic
  6. CAN (Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental) Clinic

Research-Clinical Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Although the clinical rotations have some flexibility, the following is a typical clinical training schedule for the research-clinical fellow:

During the first year, the research fellow gains similar experience in hospital-based settings as the traditional clinical track fellows but in abbreviated rotations during the first half of the year, completing three 2 month-long clinical rotations:

  1. Child and Adolescent Inpatient Service/Adolescent Partial Program
  2. Young Child Partial Program
  3. Consultation-Liaison/ER

And out-patient rotations the second half of Year 1, with protected Research Elective time during the remaining time:

  1. Child Anxiety Disorders Clinic (Monday afternoons for 6 months)
  2. CAN (Child and Adult Neurodevelopmental) Clinic (Thursday afternoons for 3 months)
  3. Forensics (Thursday afternoons for 1 month)

In the second year, the fellow completes:

  1. Pediatric Psychopharmacology Clinic (one half day per week)
  2. Community Psychiatry at Augustus Hawkins Community Mental Health Clinic (Thursdays, for 4 months)
  3. Long-term psychotherapy cases (1- 2 cases)
  4. KSADS training (Monday afternoon for 3 months)
  5. Research Elective

In the third year, the research fellow has the option to continue their long-term psychotherapy cases and can elect to be involved in any general and/or specialty clinics, though this is not required. This year can be fully dedicated time protected for research.

Application

Application deadline: October 1, 2017

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 via ERAS:
  • 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 1st.

Clinical Skills Verifications Requirements

All applicants must have two (2) passing Clinical Skills Verifications prior to fellowship interviews and all three completed by the start of fellowship

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

Ron Lopez

Housestaff Administrative Director
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Department of Psychiatry, Office of Education
760 Westwood Plaza, Room 37-384 
Los Angeles, CA 90024-1759

310.825.0018 Direct
310.825.6483 Fax 
RonaldLopez@mednet.ucla.edu

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 one research track position are filled through this program. You can sign up by calling (202) 828-0676 or going to www.nrmp.org. The due date to register with NRMP and to obtain a 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 www.medbd.ca.gov.

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

Interview Day

Up to 6 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:

8:15am-8:45am – Meet the Chief Fellows!

8:45AM Breakfast with the faculty

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 at a local restaurant

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions? Contact:

Training Program Coordinator: Ron Lopez
Program Director: Sheryl Kataoka, MD, MSHS
Interim Associate Program Director: Misty Richards, MD, MS

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