The child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program at Zucker Hillside Hospital is designed to expose fellows to a broad spectrum of children on the continuum of normal to abnormal development. Our diverse patient population allows fellows the opportunity to treat children of all age ranges, an assortment of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and varied socio-economic histories. At the end of the program, each graduating fellow should be able to demonstrate clinical competence in the evaluation and treatment of children and teens with psychiatric problems.
The clinical research program of our division has a national reputation and receives funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and many private foundations. A major resource in the New York metropolitan region, our Division provides a wide range of clinical services on-site. Our fellows have been involved with the innovative interactive learning experiences in the medical school, and with students in various endeavors, such as an LGBT medical student organization and narrative medicine programs.
The major clinical and research facilities for the child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program are located primarily at Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Our Division’s clinical facilities and services include:
- The Adolescent Inpatient Unit (22 beds)
- The Ambulatory Service (OPD) (over 20,000 visits/year)
- The Crisis/ER Service
- The Center for Eating Disorders (co-run with Adolescent Medicine)
- The Consultation/Liaison Service (C/L)
- The Mineola Treatment Center (a community-based adolescent substance abuse program)
- The Research Division
- The School-Based Mental Health Service
- The Sexual Identity Service and Long Island Lambda Clinic
Our fellows have rotations in other facilities of the Health System, as well as in the community at the Lifeline Center for Child Development, the New York City Children’s Center Queens (NYCCC-Q) campus, and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) of Nassau County, all providing a wide range of child and adolescent mental health services for acute, chronic, mild to severe psychiatric disorders. The rotations in Child Neurology and Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics are in nearby satellite clinics of CCMC.
Program year 1 Summer
An intensive orientation program is held for incoming fellows in July and August, with brief courses in interviewing skills with children and adolescents, assessment techniques, ethical and legal issues, practical psychopharmacology, basics of development, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, child neurology, psychological testing, and an introduction to research. We go on weekly site visits together to see normal children and adolescents in the community and to visit local facilities, such as group homes and other hospitals.
1st Year Program
Clinical rotations in 1st year include adolescent inpatient, eating disorders day treatment program, emergency services, school consultation, preschool and school-age special education services, pre-adolescent intensive day treatment, adolescent substance abuse program, research, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, and child neurology. Didactics include seminars in normal development, psychopathology, psychopharmacology, family therapy with live supervision, psychodynamic play therapy, law and ethics, and cognitive-behavioral therapies. We utilize a variety of adult educational experiences, such as CBL, TBL, and interactive presentations. There is a weekly general psychiatry grand rounds series and a weekly child & adolescent psychiatry grand rounds series as well, with local, national, and international speakers. Fellows may request to do a research track throughout their program.
2nd Year Program
In the 2nd year, the rotations include ambulatory services, consultation/liaison at CCMC, administration, and forensics. Didactics include seminars in consultation/liaison psychiatry, psychodynamic psychotherapies with adolescents, cognitive-behavioral therapies, administrative issues, forensics, transition into practice, and a journal club for current literature. Fellows also teach medical students in their third-year rotations. There is a weekly general psychiatry grand rounds series and a weekly child and adolescent psychiatry grand round series; each fellow presents a grand rounds. Second-year fellows may choose to do one or several of many electives, which could be research, writing, clinical, teaching, or administration, or others of the fellow’s own design.
Throughout the program, we strongly encourage and support our fellows’ professional development outside of our program, and do so by fellows’ attendance and participation in regional, national, and international professional meetings, active leadership in regional and national organizations, and presentations in schools and community agencies.