Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine-Osteopathic Postdoctoral Training Institution of New Jersey (RowanSOM OPTI of NJ) is the responsibility of the School and is administered and directed through the Department of Psychiatry. The training program is a joint effort between RowanSOM, Kennedy Memorial Hospital-University Medical Center (KMH-UMC) and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center (OLLMC).

Like all RowanSOM postgraduate programs, the two-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and operates within the guidelines of the AOA, the specialty college, and the UMDNJ-SOM OPTI. The UMDNJ-SOM OPTI oversees the general operation of all internships and residencies in regard to their compliance with the accreditation standards of the AOA and specialty colleges through the Residency Directors Advisory Committee (RDAC).

The two-year Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program provides osteopathic physicians with education and training in the diagnosis, etiology, treatment, and prevention of psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents, as well as in behavioral aspects of common neurological and medical disorders related to children and adolescents. The program is offered as a fellowship that may be entered after completing the OGME 3 or OGME 4 year in General Psychiatry.

Training takes place on the inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit (CAPU), as well as in a variety of ambulatory and community settings. In addition, trainees may serve as consultants to pediatrics, child protective services, the court system, and the schools. There is also a required rotation in the developmental disabilities and additional rotation available in child physical and sexual abuse services.

Fellows are encouraged to undertake original research, and mentoring by a child psychiatrist is provided. A research psychologist provides instruction in research methodology and the use of computers.
Upon completion of the training program, the physician is qualified to practice Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in a variety of settings, as well as being prepared to sit for the certification examination in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry given by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.
As our program is limited to a maximum of 2 child fellows, offers the benefit of developing an individual didactics program based on the educational needs of the child fellow. Part of the didactics program is taken one morning during the week at the Robert Wood Johnson Child Fellowship Program in Piscataway, NJ. This is a larger program exposing our child fellows to an additional diverse and enriching educational experience. The program includes, among others: readings in child psychiatry from texts and journals, critical peer journal readings, continuing case conference and live patient interviews. The core topics in child psychiatry will be covered using the 2010 edition of Dulcan's Textbook of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Fellows will also attend family therapy workshops at The Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Institute in the fall and winter of their 2nd year. Additional Workshops in Play Therapy are also available.

The child psychiatry fellow will be required to do research or develop an article for publication. In addition, child fellow will lecture to residents in psychiatry on pertinent topics in child psychiatry.


S. Mark Sacher, D.O.
Director of Child and Adolescent Training

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