Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Objectives & Philosophy

The primary objective of our child and adolescent psychiatric fellowship program is to train physicians in the sub-specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry and to allow the fellow to develop into an independent practicing and strongly clinically competent and caring child and adolescent psychiatrist.  Additionally, we aim to develop future academicians and to develop the child and adolescent psychiatric leaders of the future.  Our program is academically based and is designed to provide a well-balanced educational clinical training experience that fulfills the requirements established by the Residency Review Committee for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  We are interested in training competent, expert and caring child and adolescent psychiatrists while providing a collegial environment that will nurture intellectual curiosity, support personal professional growth, and prepare residents for successful careers in all aspects of the specialty. 

We believe that this comprehensive education is attained through diverse and coordinated clinical and scholarly experiences.  Our curriculum and clinical rotation experiences are designed to provide our fellows with an excellent clinical training experience that produces highly qualified child and adolescent psychiatrists who have a superior medical knowledge base, excellent clinical skills, and the ability to effectively apply those skills in the practice of child and adolescent psychiatry.

The majority of our fellows after graduation practice child and adolescent psychiatry in the community in a variety of practice settings.  However, our program provides experiences in education, research, and other academic pursuits and allows our fellows significant opportunity to pursue career paths as clinician attending supervisors, educators, researchers, and/or administrators.  Fellows are also prepared to assume leadership and administrative positions or to continue their education in further specialized fellowship training.