Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The mission of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is to train child psychiatry fellows to diagnose and treat mental illness in children from infancy through 18 years of age and their families.  The child psychiatry fellow will understand biological underpinnings and vulnerabilities, environmental and family influences, interactions with medical illness, and neurological concomitants of the illnesses.

Coursework, conferences, and electives

Didactic Coursework

Didactic presentations include: developmental psychopathology, community issues, normal development, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention/suicide, consultation liaison, play therapy, infant psychiatry, moral development, ethics/professional behavior, PDD/autism, Tourette's, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, disruptive behavioral disorders, major depressive disorder, bipolar affective disorder, dysthymia/cyclothymia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, chemical dependency, organic disorders, mental retardation, pediatric neurology, eating disorders, psychological testing, EKGs and medications, personality issues, gender identity disorder, forensic issues in psychiatry, psychotherapeutic approaches, divorce, sexual and physical abuse, enuresis, sleep disorders, work with delinquent juveniles, work with children of other cultures, pediatric genetics and pediatric subspecialty care, brain-behavior interface, and psychopharmacology.

Administrative Conferences

The Administrative Conference is held every other week by the residency director to evaluate and discuss administrative strategies, understanding of leadership styles, group dynamics, and systems theory. Every other year, for seven months, there are weekly meetings with a team of psychoanalysts. Classic papers in child and adolescent development and therapy are reviewed. Case consultation and practical interventions are the main objectives of the conferences.

Electives

Electives can be drafted by the resident. An example would be working with the Indian Health Service one day per week for one year. Research, consultations to agencies working with handicapped children, consultation to preschools, and more full-time work with community agencies are also a possibility for the three-month elective.

Evaluations

Training Evaluation

Each member of the faculty who has worked with the resident during a rotation will provide information for review by the faculty committee every six months. A copy of the results from both the combined evaluations and the discussion by the Faculty Education Advisory Committee will be given to the resident. The residency training director or the faculty mentor that the resident has chosen will discuss the evaluation with the resident.

Faculty and Program Evaluation

Child residents are asked to complete two types of evaluations in writing every four months on:

  1. The training experience and faculty
  2. The program, quality of teaching, clinical responsibilities, and suggestions for improvement

Fellowship Director

Afshan Anjum, MD

Afshan Anjum, MD
Assistant Professor
612-273-9832
anju0001@umn.edu

Questions?

Laurie Iversen
Fellowship Coordinator
612-273-9712
ivers047@umn.edu