PGY-3 Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Learning Objectives

PGY-3 residents spend 12 months in child and adolescent psychiatry clinics

Medical Knowledge

The resident will be able to:

  • Understand normal growth and development
  • Be familiar with the various diagnostic conditions seen during childhood and adolescence including ADHD, Conduct Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse Disorders and Learning Disabilities
  • Understand the difference in symptomatology between children, adolescent and adults
  • Understand the occurrence of commonalities in children and adolescents
  • Develop competency and appropriately prescribe and manage stimulant medication for ADHD including Ritalin, Dexedrine, and Adderal
  • Develop competency and appropriately prescribe and manage non-stimulant medication for ADHD including Wellbutrin, Clonidine, and Strattera
  • Develop competency and appropriately prescribe and manage SSRI medications for depression and anxiety
  • Understand the use of antipsychotics
  • Understand the use of mood stabilizers
  • Be aware of the various structured diagnostic tests (CBCL, Conners, CDI, etc.)

Patient Care

The resident will be able to:

  • Master techniques and strategies for diagnostic assessment of preschool, school age and adolescent patients
  • Understand the importance and impact of family dynamics among children and adolescence
  • Understand the importance and impact of school experiences and peer relationships
  • Become familiar with the various classifications of medications and their appropriate uses with child and adolescent patients
  • Be familiar with techniques and applications of play therapy
  • Gain experience with behavior modification techniques, parent management techniques, brief therapy and longer-term psychodynamic therapy

Interpersonal and communications skills

The resident will demonstrate an ability to:

  • interview children at various ages inculding toddlers, latency age, and adolescents, and will understand how to adapt an interviewing style to elicit information
  • interview families so as to elicit important diagnostic information and to provide information, instruction and reassurance as appropriate