Welcome to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. I am pleased you are considering specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Our program is committed to training individuals who are dedicated, self-motivated, and excited to provide care to children, adolescents, and their families.
Our mission is to train residents to become outstanding child and adolescent psychiatrists who will provide compassionate, ethical and evidence-based care for children, adolescents and their families. During their training, residents in our program are educated broadly in the areas of neuroscience, human development, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and foundational health principles such as nutrition, exercise, stress reduction, relationships, sleep, habits and spirituality. We believe in an evidence-based integrative approach to care, with holistic evaluation and intervention, founded in an informed understanding of everyone’s unique context including biological, psychological, social, cultural and spiritual influences.
Our program serves the greater southern Arizona region which includes both rural and urban settings, including a large Hispanic population, and local Native American tribal members. We provide robust clinical experiences with graded supervision to ensure our residents will practice independently with confidence when they graduate. Our residents, faculty and staff form a collegial, diverse, and close-knit community. Residents develop psychological and personal awareness to find fulfillment in their work. They are taught to support their personal care and wellness to ensure career longevity and satisfaction. This occurs through supportive supervisory relationships with faculty and opportunities to participate in mind-body skills groups and a resident process group. We offer multiple avenues for personal support as well.
Faculty who have expertise in a broad range of psychotherapeutic skills provide supervision and ensure that trainees are equipped to provide optimal and well-rounded psychiatric practice upon graduation. We also offer the opportunity to participate in a nationally renowned center which specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children with postinfectious autoimmune encephalopathy. For those interested in expanding their scholarly activity, interdisciplinary conference experiences and research mentorship is available. Approximately one-half of the clinical experiences are onsite in an outpatient setting. Inpatient, community, and affiliated discipline experiences are led by community-based faculty who are highly invested in our residents’ learning and are provided regular faculty development to ensure the best clinical learning environment for our learners.
We are completely invested in diversity, equity and inclusion in all manners when recruiting trainees and staff in our department, in serving our patient populations, and in providing comprehensive and informed treatment interventions.
Fellows have a unique opportunity to participate in our Integrative Psychiatry Elective Track for one or two years. The elective consists of 2-hours weekly experiential didactics and an on-line curriculum (80-100 hours) provided by the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Through participating in a Mind-Body Skills Group program, fellows learn to enhance their skillset for application to their own self-care and wellbeing, while gaining evidence-based tools to share with patients. They also learn how to answer patient questions about integrative approaches, prescribe supplements and lifestyle interventions when appropriate (e.g. nutrition, physical activity, mind-body approaches). Fellows will be exposed to the current evidence for many modalities such as acupuncture, biofeedback, and herbal medicine. The program has been exceedingly well received by the fellows, and we believe places our graduating fellows at the cutting edge of a national movement toward a more holistic approach to psychiatric disorders.
Our program is designed to promote lifelong learning, passion, and leadership in the field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
We welcome you to explore our program!
Sally Boeve, MD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program
The University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson