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The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship within the Department of Psychiatry provides fellows with a breadth of training experiences and research opportunities in child and adolescent psychiatry.
- Applications are accepted in any year of training after the PGY-III year.
- The program, in an academic center, ensures the highest-quality didactic programs, clinical programs and research training, all focused on training the next generation of child psychiatrists.
- The program’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching, family-centered clinical approach and strong research base foster an atmosphere of intellectual stimulation and the highest standards of clinical care.
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center fellows encounter vast cultural diversity, as the medical center serves many Amish and Mennonite populations, large farming communities, the suburbs surrounding the state capital and a number of cities with significant immigrant communities, including Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading and York.
The heart of the training program is a two-year integrated didactic curriculum that covers a variety of topics in detail. These topics include:
- Child development
- Developmental psychopathology
- Pediatric psychopharmacology
- Psychotherapies, including family therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
Extended seminars are held on a wide range of additional topics, such as administration in child psychiatry, pediatric neuropsychiatry, neuroscience and child Advocacy.
Fellows participate in continuous case conferences during their training period. Dedicated and protected didactic time is provided to the fellows, in which they will gain mastery over biological approaches to therapy, as well as grounding in the fundamentals of several approaches to child and family psychotherapy.
Didactics emphasize how to critically emphasize the research literature and the basics of research methodology and design. Monthly journal clubs are led by faculty and fellows, focusing on the most current and relevant literature. In addition to supervision in all clinics, all fellows are assigned a mentor for both years.
These programs take place in a supportive, collaborative atmosphere where research trials and clinical care occurs under one roof, allowing trainees to easily experience all aspects of academic psychiatry in one setting. Faculty and fellows work together for the clinical benefit of the patients. Fellows work with the faculty to continually modify the training program to enhance the fellow’s education. To foster the principles of team-based care, several training experiences occur jointly with the APA-approved Psychology Internship Program.
Fellows benefit from the contained size of the program, which allows for close supervision and mentoring by faculty in research and clinical practice. Learn more about life in Hershey, PA, here.
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Message from the Program Director
Penn State Children’s Hospital’s accredited, two-year fellowship training program in child psychiatry is located in a scenic setting that encompasses rural, urban and suburban communities. We serve a large, diverse patient population drawn from more than 12 counties in Southeastern and central Pennsylvania. All social classes, racial and ethnic backgrounds are represented.
The heart of our training program is a 40-hour-per-week, two-year integrated didactic curriculum that covers a variety of topics in detail.
Monthly journal clubs and case conferences encourage trainees to develop their critical thinking skills while keeping them up-to-date with the current evidence based practices in psychiatry.
In addition to the scheduled rotations, fellows have a full month of elective time during the second year of training, which they can use to pursue research or to enroll in a number of other clinical electives or other scholarly activities. Trainees are encouraged to design their own elective rotation targeting their specific area of interest in child psychiatry.
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship offers innumerable opportunities in scholarly activities and research. There are departmental and institutional research days, in which many fellows participate and go on to present their work at an array of national meetings and publish in highly regarded peer-reviewed journals.
I look forward to meeting you in person and introducing you to the endless clinical and scholarly opportunities in our program.
Fauzia Mahr, MD
Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics
Vice Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Medical Director of Eating Disorder Program
Practice Site Medical Director, Penn State Medical Group Briarcrest
Message from the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
As the Division Director of Child Psychiatry, I would like to thank you for your interest in our fellowship. The training program is tightly woven into all aspects of our clinical and research efforts to ensure that trainees acquire the knowledge, acumen and skills necessary to practice in our ever-evolving field.
The program has a strong foundation with approximately 20 faculty across a variety of clinical settings that provide exposure to a wide breadth of training experiences. Having migrated here from a large metropolitan research center, I can personally attest that Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the surrounding area combine the resources of a large city with the warmth and accessibility of a small town. I have found it be an excellent place to grow a family and a career at the same time.
I hope that you will visit to decide for yourself.
James G. Waxmonsky, MD
Vice Chair, Children Services
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Penn State College of Medicine
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine
Florida International University
Past Fellow Recommendations
“I am very happy with the educational experience during the Child/Adolescent Fellowship program at Penn State University. Thanks to their training, I am confident in my ability to diagnose and treat a wide range of subspecialties within the psychiatric child/adolescent population. The balance between autonomy and expert supervision helped me to build that confidence. I was especially impressed with the experience I gained within the Autistic population, which eased my comfort in treating such complex patients. I highly recommend this program to future applicants.”
Jenilee Generalla, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, University of Toronto
“Fellowship was a fun experience and I feel immense gratitude towards all my teachers and colleagues for their support. Each day provided new opportunities for professional and personal growth which I really cherish. Program strengths include approachable faculty, good work life balance and excellent educational experience. I feel confident to treat different psychiatric illnesses after my training at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. I would highly recommend the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship program.”
Farhat Siddiqui, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
“I consider myself fortunate to have trained in the fellowship program for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. I am extremely thankful for the experience in a well-rounded program with exposure to autism spectrum disorders. The training that I received has inspired me to develop a program for autism and developmental disorders in Central Virginia. It has a good blend of exposure to practice of psychiatry in both the university setting and community settings, which in my opinion is one of its major strengths.”
Jitendra Annapareddy, MD
Medical Director, Center for Autism and Developmental Disorders
“I joined my fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in July 2009 and graduated in July 2011. I had the opportunity to serve as the Chief Fellow. I was fortunate enough to be trained by great teachers, researcher and mentors. My learning experience was superlative. I very much looked forward to the Thursday didactic with hands-on teaching experience. I realize now that I was trained for every patient scenarios and made me feel fully prepared for the real world and practice of medicine. The program helped me to prepare for my oral and written boards for both General and Child Psychiatry and the training and encouragement was crucial in me passing on my first attempt. Not just the attendings, but my co-fellows and resident friends were amazing. I am proud to say some of them remained friends for life. All in all words come short in describing my gratitude to thank my alma mater.”
Santosh Mathapati, MD
Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
“The fellowship at Penn State Health Hershey Medical Center is a unique blend of clinical and scholarly opportunities. What sets it apart from other programs is equal emphasis on psychopharmacology and psychotherapies, which has been tremendously helpful in my career. I am always excited to learn about the ongoing clinical and research growth. Highly recommend it!”
Laura Hollar-Wilt, MD
“The fellowship program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center prepared me to become what I always wanted to be, which is a community psychiatrist who can treat children and adolescents who present with a wide variety of mental health challenges. It also prepared me to be ready to handle the challenges that come along with the career (balancing work and home life, dealing with health care law changes, managed care, etc.) I would especially recommend the program to anyone who is looking to work with those children, adolescents and families affected by autism. The skills that I developed as a result of the teaching and guidance that I received at both the autism outpatient clinic (with Dr. Murray) and the rotation at CADD (with Dr. Fueyo) have been invaluable.”
John Dolena, MD
Staff Psychiatrist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Babinski DE, Nene NV. Persistent family stress in the course of cognitive-behavioral therapy for a seven year old girl with social anxiety disorder. Clinical Case Studies. March 7, 2016.
Mayes SD, Calhoun SL, Baweja Ra, Mahr F, Feldman L, Syed E, Gorman AA, Montaner J, Annapareddy J, Gupta N, Bello A, Siddiqui F. Suicide ideation and attempts are associated with co-occurring oppositional defiant disorder and sadness in children and adolescents with ADHD. J Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 2015; 37: 274-282.
Mayes SD, Baweja R, Syed E, Calhoun SL, Mahr F, Siddiqui F. Suicide ideation and attempts and bullying in children and adolescents: psychiatric and general population samples.Crisis 2014; 35(5): 301-9. PMID 25115491.
Aggarwal R, Baweja R, Saunders EF, Singareddy R. CPAP-induced mania in bipolar disorder: a case report. Bipolar Disord. 2013 Aug 27. doi:10.1111/bdi.12112.
Baweja, R, Calhoun, S, Singareddy, R. Sleep Problems in children. Minerva Pediatrica 2013;65:457-72.
Presentations at Scientific and Professional Meetings
Patel A, Aggarwal R, Levounis P. Trends in Depression Related Hospitalizations in the United States from 2008-2012. American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, May 14-18, 2016, Atlanta, GA.
Mayes, SD, Calhoun, SL, Siddiqui, F, Baweja, R, Waschbusch, DA, Mattison, RE, & Babinski, DE. Mother, father, and teacher agreement on victimization and bullying in children with neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders. American Psychiatric Association, May, 2015, Toronto, Canada.
Mayes SD, Calhoun SL, Bawaja R, Feldman L, Syed E, Gorman A, Montaner J, Annapareddy J, Gupta N, Bello A, and Siddiqui, F. Comorbid Oppositional-Defiant Disorder and Depression Predict Suicide Ideation and Attempts in Children with ADHD. AACAP/CACAP Joint Annual Meeting, October 2013, Orlando FL.
Feldman, L, Rapp, M, Pearl, AM, Yadav, S. (2012, May). The impact of the psychiatric consultation/liaison service on healthcare outcomes. American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, May 2012, Philadelphia, PA.
Kumar M, Mahr F. Eating disorder and psychosis: A case report. Penn State College of Medicine Graduate Medical Education Resident/Fellow Research Day, May 4, 2017, Hershey, PA.
Yost K, Murray M. Autism Spectrum Disorder and Catatonia: A Case Report. Department of Psychiatry Trainee Research Day, Penn State College of Medicine, June 16, 2016, Hershey, PA.
Verma B, Hillwig-Garcia J, Bansal P, Petrovic-Dovat L. Diagnostic Challenges in a Child with Neuro-Psycho-Endocrinological Illness. Resident/Fellow Research Day, Penn State College of Medicine, April 26, 2016, Hershey, PA.
Patel A, Hillwig-Garcia J. A Case of Multispecialty Collaborative Care: Too Many Cooks Saved the Broth. Resident/Fellow Research Day, Penn State College of Medicine, April 26, 2016, Hershey, PA.
Khan N, Siddiqui FS, Hameed A. Bipolar Disorder or Pramipaxole Induced Impulsivity: A Case Report. Resident/Fellow Research Day, Penn State College of Medicine, April 26, 2016, Hershey, PA.
Mayes, Calhoun, Baweja, Mahr, Feldman, Syed, Gorman, Montaner, Annapareddy, J, Gupta, Bello and Siddiqui, F. (2014 May). Suicidation and attempts and bullying in children and adolescent psychiatric and general population samples. Pediatric Research Day, Hershey, PA.
Mayes S, Siddiqui F, Calhoun S, Mattison R, Waschbusch D, Hillwig-Garcia J, Syed E and Gorman. (May 2014). Mother, father, and teacher agreement on victimization and bullying in children with psychiatric disorders. Pediatric Research Day, Hershey, PA.
All applications must be submitted through ERAS, and the program participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) for Child and Adolescent Fellowships.
ERAS opens for applications the first week of July and the application review process begins mid-July, so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
For the 2019 interview season, our program will use an all-out recruitment process, meaning that we will not participate in the NRMP match.
Qualified candidates will be:
- U.S. citizens, permanent residents or J-1 visa holders (no additional visa types are sponsored)
- Board-eligible or board-certified in pediatrics
- Pennsylvania medical training license eligible
Required Supporting Documents
The following documents should be uploaded to ERAS for review:
- ERAS application, inclusive of current photograph
- Personal statement
- Curriculum vitae
- Board Scores: USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 are required; USMLE 3 is required if PGY-3 or above; COMLEX scores are required for DO applicants
- Valid ECFMG certificate (if applicable)
- Dean’s letter from medical school
- Medical school transcripts
- Three reference letters (one letter must be from the current training director addressing professional integrity and performance; the two additional letters must be from faculty with whom the applicant has worked)
- Letter explaining time gaps if necessary
International medical graduates must hold a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) to be considered for the match. J1 visas are accepted.
The application will be reviewed once the ERAS application is complete. Qualified applicants are invited for interviews scheduled through the beginning of November.
All applications are considered without regard to race, religion, gender or national origin.
During the first year, clinical rotations are varied. The outpatient rotations are devoted to:
- ADHD Clinic
- Anxiety Clinic
- Autism Spectrum Clinic
- Integrated/Collaborative Care Assessment Clinic with Pediatrics
- Eating Disorder Partial Hospitalization Program
- Mood Disorder Clinic
- Pediatric Consultation Liaison
- Pediatric Neurology Clinic
First-year training also includes a six-month rotation at the child inpatient unit of Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute (a collaboration between Penn State Health and UPMC Pinnacle).
The second year consists of two six-month rotations through various community child psychiatry sites, outpatient clinics and elective rotations. These include:
- ADHD Clinic
- ASD School/Clinics
- CBT Group Therapy
- Child Consultation Clinic
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Clinic
- Community Psychiatry Centers
- Eating Disorder Outpatient Clinic
- Family Therapy
- Forensic Child Psychiatry Clinic
- Longitudinal Clinics
- Mood Disorder Clinic
- River Rock Academy (School Rotation)
- Scholarly Activity
- Sleep Clinic
- Substance Abuse Treatment Center
These rotations occur in urban, suburban and rural centers that are all easily accessible from our main campus. On-site psychiatric supervision is provided at all of these rotations.
Fellows are given one month of elective time. They may chose to take this in December/January or May/June. Fellows can use this time to pursue research or to enroll in a number of other clinical or administrative electives. Electives available include child abuse assessment, pediatric sleep disorders, autism, genetics, eating disorders, forensic psychiatry, and multiple research electives. Fellows are encouraged to design their electives based on their future clinical, research, and administrative goals after graduation.
Mazzitti & Sullivan Counseling Services
This is a drug and alcohol treatment program that serves a patient population of adolescents from a seven-county radius in the region. During this rotation, fellows have experience in assessments, treatment planning, recommendation of treatment modalities, and direct provision of treatment.
Fellows will observe assessments as they are conducted with children and families involved in custody disputes, termination of parental rights cases and juvenile decertification. Following each evaluative session, the fellows will have an opportunity to ask questions, make comments and sometimes participate in court proceedings.
River Rock Academy
This is a required four-nth rotation at which the second year fellows will spend 20 percent of their time. Fellows will spend their time at River Rock Academy, Spring Grove Campus, in York County.
River Rock Academy is a Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved private provider for alternative education for students in sixth through 12th grades, an approved licensed academic school for elementary regular education and special education students in first through sixth grades, and special education for secondary students in sixth through 12th grades.
River Rock Academy is also a Department of Human Services licensed day treatment program for delinquent and dependent youth 11 to 18 years old in York and Adams counties.
River Rock Academy has eight locations serving the school districts of the central, southcentral and eastern counties of Pennsylvania. Fellows participate in patient evaluations, family and school meetings, and develop and present comprehensive management plans to school officials, families and associate support service staff.
This rotation is required in the second year of training and consists of spending one half-day per month for four months at The Vista School, an approved private school for children with autism.
The primary clinical activity of this rotation is performing psychiatric evaluations and supervising a medication clinic at the school. Evaluations include interviewing the parents and professional staff for the identified student, as well as extensive classroom observations. Additionally, there is opportunity to participate in the treatment planning process for students’ educational and psychiatric needs. The residents are encouraged to take advantage of the continuing education and training modules offered at the school.
Fellow Honors and Recognitions
The annual Resident/Fellow Research Day is held each summer on and around the Penn State Health Milton S. Medical Center campus in Hershey, PA.
The intent of the event is to provide an opportunity for residents and fellows to showcase their research accomplishments to their peers in other clinical departments, as well as their colleagues in the basic sciences.
Previous presentations from the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship are listed here.