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Child Psychiatry – UI Health

Updated: 2/22/21

Students must have completed their M3 Core Clerkship in Psychiatry.

The primary purpose of this rotation is to allow opportunity for students to further explore and participate in a variety of clinical, research and didactic experiences in the field of child psychiatry as practiced at UIC. Students will meet with a faculty member prior to their rotation to discuss their individual goals and interests as the current resources in our department are broad and varied and our academic faculty is eager to teach and mentor. Our outpatient specialty clinics offer integrated teams working with children diagnosed with mood, anxiety, autistic, disruptive, ADHD, learning and co-morbid medical disorders. Most clinic directors are additionally involved in clinical research in their area of diagnostic expertise and strive to integrate their research findings into clinical practice. Finally, ongoing postgraduate didactics, journal clubs, grand rounds, and colloquia are available to complement students’ clinical experiences.

Although students may choose a variety of differing experiences, it is expected that clear goals and objectives will be achieved through active participation. These include:

  • To gain familiarity with diagnostic criteria for childhood disorders;
  •  To enhance interviewing skills of parents, children, adolescents and collateral providers of information;
  • To skillfully evaluate mental status of children and adolescents, appreciating the influence of developmental and cognitive factors;
  •  To learn the use of basic screening instruments for identification of children impaired by psychiatric symptoms and in need of referral to psychiatric services
  • To be able to verbally present and write a child psychiatry consultation/evaluation in a systematic manner, noting mental status exam and generation of a biopsychosocial formulation;
  •  To understand the psychopharmacology, including dosing, side effects, and mechanism of actions of first-line medications used for specific target symptoms and diagnoses;
  • To appreciate the multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosis and treatment of children and families.

This is a program that can be especially designed to meet individual students’ unique interests and goals. Each student will have a weekly meeting with an appointed faculty mentor who will help integrate their day to day activities and enhance learning. Each student will participate in several psychiatric evaluations per week which will involve the direct presence of a faculty attending or experienced clinician who will assist students in developing clinical competencies. Each student will complete a list of assigned readings and prepare a brief presentation on an area of interest. Those students with research interests will have appropriate participation in ongoing clinical trials, preventive and behavioral intervention programs, neuroimaging and applied neuroscience technologies. Opportunities for data analysis and other contributions to written works such as abstract, reviews, articles and other texts may be also available to extremely motivated and industrious students.e most frequently occurring complaints based on a tissue lesion.

Based on integrated observations of participating faculty, housestaff and clinicians.

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 668

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director:  Elizabeth Charney, MD

    Coordinator: Graciela Bernal
    Telephone: 312-996-9187

  • Program Information

    Location: UI Health

    Duration: 4 weeks
    Night Call: No
    Weekends: No
    Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1 (students are not admitted for the first and last blocks of the year).
    Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 4
    Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
    Outpatient: 26
    Inpatient: 8 (32*)
    Total Hours /Week: 38