LSUHSC School of Medicine Psychiatry | Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Background & Mission Statement
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The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Training Program was begun in 1989 by Dr. Martin J. Drell.  The program received its latest accreditation on April 22, 2015 and is fully accredited and citation free. In 2016, due to an increase in interest in our program, we increased to four resident positions.  The program traditionally has 6 residents (3 in the first year and 3 in the second year). Most of our residents that have graduated from our program have successfully taken and obtained certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and Child Psychiatry. Generally, 1/3 of our residents go into Public Psychiatry, 1/3 go into Private Psychiatry and 1/3 go into Academic psychiatry. The program offers a didactic and clinical experience that is above and beyond the routine/basic requirements of the ACGME and ABPN RRC recommendations for successful completion of a resident’s two year required training.  The program offers diverse clinical experiences in working with infants, children, adolescents, and their families.  The training is balanced in both psychotherapy, including a newly designed and implemented two-year didactic and clinical curriculum to teach all of the RRC mandated therapies, and psychopharmacology offering research opportunities as well.  It is designed to prepare residents for future changes in healthcare, as well as for their board examinations.


The Mission of the LSU Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine, Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Resident Training Program is threefold: To Educate, To Serve, and To Contribute.

1. To Educate/Train resident physicians in the field of Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. The training program focuses on developing and introducing knowledgeable, capable, and well-prepared child psychiatrist for the practice of child psychiatry in the community. In addition, the training program encourages the educating of patients, families, and other caregivers on mental concerns and issues.

2. To provide the highest quality and most ethical clinical services possible to children and adolescents and their families who are in need of mental health services in the general public and community. The training program applies this worthy aim to the treatment of children and their families in all settings; inpatient, outpatient, and other community settings.

3. To encourage the residents in the program to engage and pursue scholarly activities including how to read the literature and research endeavors that will contribute and expand on the quality of care and treatment options of the children and families who have mental illness/psychiatric disorders.  The goal is to create life-long learners and to teach clinic problem solving.

Components of the training program include:

  • Special Summer Orientation with senior residents and faculty providing lectures on an Introduction to Child Psychiatry.
  • Didactics: well-balanced, and rounded.
  • Key Issues Seminar, Inter-fellowship Journal Club with Addiction and Psychosomatic Fellows, Media Club.
  • Attendance at Departmental Grand Rounds.
  • Clinical Case Conference seminars and Clinical Practicums.
  • Family Therapy Seminars and Practicum.
  • Inpatient Services – 8 months (4 months with children and 4 months with adolescents).
    •      • Adolescent Unit has substance abuse track.
  • Autism Clinic.
  • Emergency/Crisis Intervention Experience.
  • A Transition Program for cases discharged from the inpatient unit and the emergency room.
  • Outpatient Experiences in public and private psychiatry. Specific clinic focused on learning psychotherapies (individual, family, parenting, & CBT).
  • Infant/Early Childhood Fellowship built into second year program (one of a handful of prestigious Harris programs in the country).
  • Scholarly Projects encouraged.
  • School and Pediatric outpatient rotations.
  • Pediatric Consultation/Liaison rotation.
  • Child PRITE Examinations and Clinical Skills Evaluations.
  • Academic Development Seminar.
  • Electives in the first and second years.  A variety of electives available including monitored scholarly activity electives.
  • Research experiences available.
  • Telemedicine experience.
  • Forensics experience.
  • Pediatric Neurology rotation and associated lectures.

Each resident has weekly psychotherapy supervision, as well as a site specific supervisor for each clinical rotation.  There are rounds on the inpatient and C/L services, and a weekly two hour case review conference and scholarly presentation at the Algiers Behavioral Health Clinic (public sector).

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