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Child and Adolescent Fellowship

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Program Description

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) fellowship program at West Virginia University a well-balanced experience in child and adolescent development and psychopathology. This includes training in assessment, prevention, diagnosis and treatment caring for both youth and their families. As an ACGME accredited program, emphasis is placed on developing core competencies in Medical Knowledge, Patient Care, Practice-Based Learning, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Systems-Based Practice and Professionalism. This two-year program prepares fellows for comprehensive clinical care as well as national board examinations. Our program shares the WVU Medicine mission of excellence in patient care, research and education as well as values of wellness, personal development, and diversity.

We are a small (2 per year) fellowship within a growing academic health system that serves a large portion of our state’s rural Appalachian population, a state at the heart of the opioid epidemic. Our program provides opportunity for excellent and valued clinical care, collaboration with interdisciplinary colleagues, scholarship, outreach and advocacy, all while settled in a college town surrounded by outdoor recreational opportunities and proximity to major metropolitan areas. To highlight our hospital growth, construction is underway for a 155-bed tower for the WVU Children’s Hospital and WVU has acquired United Summit Center, a community mental health center with a variety of services for children and adolescents. We are also part of the WVU Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute, enhancing our connections with Departments of Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery.

The primary training site, Chestnut Ridge Center, is the psychiatric center for WVU Medicine, located on the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center campus. The hospital is a regional referral center providing fellows with the quantity and diversity of patient experience necessary for training. Other training sites include Children's Hospital at Ruby Memorial Hospital and Developmental Pediatric outpatient clinics & Monongalia County Schools. We offer a robust formal curriculum, in addition to clinical instruction during supervision and rotations through inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment services, consultation to courts, schools and community agencies. Fellows develop increasing competence in teaching administrative and clinical skills. Fellows will learn to function as a part of a multidisciplinary team working toward the best interest of the child. The multidisciplinary faculty includes adult and child psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and therapists. Fellows are supervised by Board Certified Child psychiatrists.