Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What distinguishes your fellowship?
The breadth of clinical experiences available to our fellows, the flexibility of our curriculum to allow for extensive elective experience especially in the second year, and the collegial relationships enjoyed by fellows and faculty all make this a very attractive program in which to train. Our location in our nation’s capital and our close collaborations with federal agencies like NIMH and SAMHSA and with national organizations including AACAP also allow for unique clinical, research, and advocacy experiences that would not be possible elsewhere.
Q. Are there benefits to training at your hospital?
Our institution also allows for a unique training environment for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellows:
Serving the nation’s children for more than 140 years, Children’s National is the only exclusive provider of acute pediatric care in the Washington metropolitan area. The main hospital, known as the Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children’s Medicine features 313 beds, 54 of which are level IIIC NICU bassinets; a Level I pediatric trauma center which serves three states; and a critical care transport program via ambulance, helicopter, and fixed-wing airplane. Children's National serves as the regional referral center for pediatric emergency, trauma, cancer, cardiac and critical care as well as neonatology, orthopaedic surgery, neurology, and neurosurgery. As a non-profit pediatric care provider, Children’s National has a mission to serve all children in its service area regardless of ability to pay.
As a result, our fellows care for a clinically and socioeconomically diverse group of patients and families from all over the region and country who see Children’s National as their medical home. Fellows have broad exposure to both “bread and butter” child and adolescent psychiatry and to unique clinical presentations only encountered at a tertiary referral center. The availability of pediatric subspecialty experts enhances fellows’ clinical training and opportunities to collaborate with other specialties.
Q. What about my interest in…?
There’s an elective for that! For fellows who enter training with a distinct career path or interest area in mind, we help connect you with mentors, provide time and space to pursue your interests, and help you find a path to your eventual career choice. For those with more general interests, we can help you create an educational program that allows you to sample from a rich buffet of offerings, enhancing your ability to care for children and families and participate in research, advocacy, and education.
Q. What kinds of positions do your fellows choose after graduation?
Graduates of our program have gone on to a wide variety of positions. In the past few years, positions have included:
- Outpatient psychiatry in several multispecialty group practices
- Outpatient psychiatry in community mental health centers
- Private practice
- Collaborative mental health director
- Inpatient medical director
- Research faculty
- Clinical faculty at Children’s National Health System and other academic institutions