Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
Residency Training is a unique experience, through this overview we would like to acquaint you with our program. Our goal is to provide excellent, broad-based, individualized training to child psychiatry residents to produce child and adolescent psychiatrists knowledgeable in all areas of psychiatry including clinical care, systems of care, and evidence-based medicine.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is an integrated health care system that operates acute care, rehabilitation and long-term care beds, outpatient services, and community health and information centers. North Carolina Baptist Hospital is an 821-bed teaching hospital that is the region's main tertiary referral center. Brenner Children's Hospital, a 160-bed "hospital within a hospital" serves critically or chronically ill patients and conducts 24 outreach clinics.
There are several rotations required as part of the training. The sites are either at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center or at community facilities with which we have affiliations. The rotations are designed to expose residents to various patient populations and systems of treatment. Rotations at the Medical Center include: Pediatric Neurology, Amos Cottage Rehabilitation Center (a developmental disabilities facility), Consultation/Liaison, Inpatient Child/Adolescent Psychiatry Unit, Normal Development at the Child Care Center, and Child Guidance Outpatient. External rotation sites include: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County school-based health clinics and the Department of Justice.
During training, residents are given responsibilities to develop competence in providing evaluations and treatment for children and adolescents using multimodal approaches. At the various outpatient clinics, the residents provide direct service to children and adolescents and also work closely with professionals and students of other disciplines that include general psychiatry residents, medical students, social workers and social work students, and psychologists. When on the Inpatient Service, residents provide direct patient care as well as supervision to General Psychiatry Residents and Medical Students. They also coordinate care with the rest of the Inpatient Treatment Team in a multidisciplinary setting. Residents also have a senior administrative experience giving one opportunity to actively participate in administrative decision making.
The weekly seminars include: Introduction to Child Psychiatry, Child Development, Infant Psychiatry, Psychotherapy Seminar, Knowledge Based Seminar, Psychopharmacology Seminar, Neuropsychiatry Seminar, Consultation-Liaison Seminar, and a Classics Reading Course. These seminars are led by either full-time faculty or community faculty. Journal Clubs and Case Conferences are held bimonthly. Department Grand Rounds are held semimonthly September through June. Research opportunities are definitely available, and participation is strongly encouraged, and there is a formal, required research seminar.
We believe our graduates are well trained, competent and caring, going on to represent us well in their future careers. We are a small collegial group, and the training program plays a large and important role in the functioning of our Department as well as our community. We believe you will find our program an exciting challenge. Thank you for your interest and we look forward to meeting with you when you visit.
Application for Child and Adolescent Residency Program
General psychiatry residents anticipating successful completion of the PGY III year may apply for child and adolescent training at the PGY IV level. Applications are accepted through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. For additional information, please contact:
Sheila A. Leach
Residency Program Coordinator
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157