PGY-2 Inpatient Child Psychiatry Rotation at Chicago Lakeshore Hospital (elective)

Patient Care:

The rotation at Lake Shore Hospital provides a rich and diverse clinical experience in child and adolescent psychiatry.  The population ranges in age from 6 to 18 years of age, and represents a diverse ethnic and cultural mix.  Residents work with patients from 6 to 18 years of age, becoming familiar with evaluation, diagnosis and treatment issues in child psychiatry as well as the family and systemic issues that contribute to a child's hospitalization. 

Medical Knowledge: 

Residents will become familiar with the presentation of psychiatric illness in children, including the evaluation and treatment of attentional disorders, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, psychoses, and developmental disorders.  Residents will understand the modifications necessary to use psychotropic medication in child patients, and the particular vulnerabilities and risks in using medications in children. 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

Residents will work collaboratively with staff in a multidisciplinary team format, and will learn to present evaluations in teaching rounds. Residents will learn to interview children of different ages, and will learn techniques to establish rapport, obtain data and gain cooperation from children who may be difficult to treat or reluctant patients.

Systems Based Practice:

Residents will:

  • work with outside systems of care such as schools, extended families and foster parents.  Lakeshore hospital is also part of a demonstration project with the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services and the Illinois Department of Human Services to specifically address the needs of children in state custody who live in residential treatment centers.
  • Gain experience working as a team member with other disciplines