Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Brookdale Hospital Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP) offers a fully accredited Fellowship Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry consisting of a two-year long sub-specialty training program for residents who have completed at least three years of General Psychiatry.
The fellowship program is designed to provide a comprehensive and broad-based education in psychiatry diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families.  We prepare our trainees to tackle the challenging demands of a complex and expanding field, providing them with the necessary knowledge and clinical skills to function independently as medical sub-specialists. The program focuses on developing skill in diagnostic interviewing, case formulation, treatment planning, and psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic management in the context of a strong knowledge base in child development, family dynamics, substance use disorders, co-morbid general medical conditions, and forensic consultation. In addition, our trainees become familiarized with the function and organization of health, education, and welfare institutions.
Our fellowship program at Brookdale is the oldest in Brooklyn (founded in 1972) with a longstanding tradition of delivering clinical excellence compassionately and humanely to a multicultural inner-city population. The multi-disciplinary staff and clinical faculty are committed to providing state-of-the-art assistance to children, adolescents, and their families.
 A two-year program is offered with three fellows per year led by faculty dedicated to teaching, clinical care, and tailored elective and research pursuits. Access to the myriad of resources in the Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Pediatrics, pediatric specialists in neurology, sleep medicine, developmental medicine, and others, contribute to a robust learning environment.

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Fellowship Leadership

Sanila Rehmatullah, M.D.
Director, Child & Adolescent Fellowship Program
Yaron Markfield, M.D.
Associate Program Director, Child & Adolescent Fellowship Program

Program Structure

Year 1
Trainees receive a solid clinical and theoretical foundation in CAP and develop experience through the Child Inpatient Unit, the Adolescent Extended Observation Bed Unit, the Pediatric Consultation-Liaison service, the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Emergency Room, and and the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic.
Year 2
Trainees continue their experience in above areas, deepening their knowledge and taking on a leadership role in the interdisciplinary team. They see patients in the outpatient clinic throughout the year, improving their skills in medical management and psychotherapeutic interventions. They learn to work interactively, coordinating services with the patient’s family, the interdisciplinary team, schools, agencies involved, and other physicians.  They rotate for 2 months in Pediatric Neurology.
The fellows are exposed to a Developmental Disorders clinic, Brookdale’s Healthy Steps Program, Adolescent Addiction, Juvenile Justice, and School Consultation, Fellows take an active role in educating junior residents and medical students.
First Year Didactics
The clinical experience is enhanced by didactics specifically tailored to the knowledge base of the first-year fellow. A Summer Session provides information about the policies and procedures for documentation, communication, the differences between working with adult patients versus child patients and their families, the initial assessment, engagement strategies when working with youth and families, skills in managing a crisis situation, and the attitude expected towards patients, families, and multidisciplinary teams. In addition, throughout the year there are didactics on critical journal reading, the consultation process, general psychopharmacology, child and adolescent psychopharmacology, ethics, forensics, influences on development, and normal development. There are also lectures on psychotherapy techniques including family therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, parent management training, and dialectical behavioral therapy.
Second Year Didactics
The second year’s curriculum consists of advanced seminars from 'On Leadership' and 'Translating Neuroscience into Practice' to 'Developmental Psychopathology' and 'Integrated Care in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry'. The second year focuses upon the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families who present primarily in the outpatient setting. Fellows develop a deeper understanding of therapeutic interventions in outpatient clinics and have the opportunity to pursue a variety of electives. In addition, there are also opportunities to develop research skills and participate in ongoing research with faculty guidance.
Divisional Faculty Development Topics
In addition to the first and second year didactics, additional teaching occurs during the Divisional Faculty Development Conference held on Wednesdays. This weekly conference is a combination of faculty presentations, case discussions, and lectures by faculty, as well as current child and adolescent psychiatry fellows. The conference covers a variety of “hot topics”, challenging issues, and complex clinical situations.

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