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Electives - Psychiatric Medicine, Behavioral Medicine & Psychiatry


Child and Family Psychiatry

Elective Number: 2720 (lottery)

Rotation Supervisor/Coordinator: Vishal Madaan, MD

Duration: Maximum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Available: All rotations

Student should report to: Front Desk - ask for orientation Fellow.

Time to Report: 8:00 am (first Monday of rotation)

Place to Report: 310 Old Ivy Way, Suite 104, 1st floor (parking in back of building)

Typical Day: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service. Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 2

Course Description: The goals of this elective include gaining supervised, practical experience in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. This will include exposure to a wide range of diagnostic categories as seen on the child and adolescent psychiatry consultations and outpatient clinics. Treatment modalities including individual therapy, family therapy and psychopharmacology will be integral to this experience as will learning how to function as a member of a trans disciplinary treatment team. Approximately 20% of the time will be reserved for didactic activities.

During this experience the student will achieve a basic understanding of the evaluation procedures, common diagnoses, and general treatment strategies found in the out patient treatment of children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral problems. This will be accomplished by observing and participating in new clinic evaluations, medication follow-up visit, and consultations.


  • The student will become familiar with the standard elements of the formal Mental status Exam as modified for children.
  • The student will learn to recognize the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood to include ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety disorders.
  • The student will be able to identify the indications and side effects of the common medications used to treat psychiatric disorders in childhood to include stimulants, SSRIs, lithium and atypical anti psychotics.
  • The student will be able to identify the situations where other modalities (CBT, parent training, family therapy, group therapy etc.) are utilized.
  • The student will become familiar with the uses of telemedicine in children's mental health.


  • The student will develop a level of comfort in working with children and their families in this setting.
  • The student will learn techniques for obtaining mental health histories.
  • The student will be able to present a psychiatric history and formal mental status examination on a patient that has been evaluated.


  • The student will attend all scheduled clinic sessions.
  • The student will attend all scheduled seminars.
  • The student will read all assigned hand out materials.
  • The student will work cooperatively with our residents, staff and faculty.
  • The student will interact with our patients and families in a professional manner.

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