Training Program


The University of Maryland offers a fully accredited (ACGME) two year child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program jointly sponsored by the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), the Sheppard Pratt Health System (SPHS) and the State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). There are a total of fourteen child and adolescent psychiatry fellows with class sizes of seven.

The Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program includes experience in the evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents in multiple settings. Training and supervision are provided for individual, family, and group therapy, as well as psychopharmacology, mental health consultation and research. Fellows are also offered opportunities to teach general residents, medical students, and psychology interns. Fellows assume increasing professional responsibility, with appropriate supervision, as skills and knowledge develop.

The fellowship program is organized around a core of clinical services. The first year of training consists primarily of inpatient and day hospital experiences at the University of Maryland Hospital (UMMS), Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital (SEPH), and Spring Grove State Hospital. In addition, fellows begin long-term outpatient work and diagnostic evaluations in the hospital ambulatory clinic as well as the Center for Infant Study. The second year focuses on outpatient clinical work as well as experiences in school, pediatric and community consultation, pediatric neurology, pediatric genetics, forensics, administration, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. Because of the number and diversity of training sites available, the program designs an individualized training program to meet the fellow’s professional needs and interests to provide maximal personal growth.

Research experience is strongly encouraged and supported. Experiences are available in traumatic stress, school mental health, psychopharmacology, and juvenile justice research programs, as well as other elective topics identified by the fellow and faculty members. In addition, in the second year, all fellows must complete a research project in the form of a meta-analysis or case report as part of our didactic series.

In addition to the variety of clinical settings that we provide here, there are also several benefits to completing a fellowship here at UMMC, which include professional liability insurance, health benefits, holidays, vacation, educational allowance, and parking. Furthermore, because we have a collaborative relationship with the adult psychiatry program, in house call is taken by adult psychiatry residents to further their exposure to children and adolescents. Fellows are responsible for backup call via phone in the case of emergent consults and questions.

We are excited that you have taken us into consideration for your fellowship training. Please do not hesitate to contact us for further inquiries. 

Year 1

  • University of Maryland - Child Inpatient Unit
  • Sheppard Pratt - Male Adolescent Unit
  • Sheppard Pratt - Neurodevelopmental Unit
  • Spring Grove State Hospital - Adolescent/Forensic Unit
  • University of Maryland - Child Day Hospital
  • Sheppard Pratt - Child and Adolescent Day Hospital
  • University of Maryland - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinics
  • University of Maryland Center for Infant Studies
  • University of Maryland - Consult-Liaison Service

Year 2

  • University of Maryland- Acting Inpatient Attending
  • University of Maryland - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Trauma
  • University of Maryland - Center for Infant Studies
  • PA Clinic (supporting hospital and state employees' families)
  • Telepsychiatry
  • MSA (private practice clinic)
  • Sheppard Pratt - Center for Eating Disorders
  • Spring Grove State Hospital - First Episode Outpatient Clinic
  • Sheppard Pratt - Child and Adolescent day hospital
  • RICA (Regional Institute for Children and Adolescents), Baltimore
  • Sheppard Pratt
  • Good Shepherd
  • School-Based Mental Health
  • Maryland School for the Deaf
  • Forensics - Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Emergency Psychiatry - Baltimore Crisis Response System: (B-CARS) and Crisis Walk-in Clinic (CWIC)
  • Consult-Liaison Elective
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Genetics
  • Therapeutic Nursery
  • Administrative Elective
  • Options for self-designed electives are available

On Call

Fellows in our training program DO NOT take overnight call. We have a collaborative relationship with the adult psychiatry program and in house call is taken by adult psychiatry residents to further their exposure to children and adolescents. There is a telephone back-up call schedule in which each fellow covers approximately 4 weeks every year in case of emergent consults or questions.