Child Psychiatrist Colleges, Universities and Schools in the U.S.

Prospective child psychiatrists must first earn a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree and then complete a residency and/or fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Read on to learn more about the education for this career.

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Aspiring child psychiatrists can get the training they need at medical schools around the country. After earning an M.D. degree and completing a residency and/or fellowship program, graduates are ready for the licensure exam that they must pass in order to practice.

Ten Schools with Child Psychiatry Programs

These ten medical schools offer MD programs and residency and/or fellowship opportunities for doctors looking to specialize in child psychiatry*:

College/University Location Institution Type M.D. Tuition (2015-2016)**
Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH 4-year, Public $30,690 in-state, $35,364 out-of-state
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN 4-year, Public $37,872 in-state, $51,510 out-of-state
Michigan State University Grand Rapids, MI 4-year, Public $32,483 in-state, $63,985 out-of-state
New York University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit $49,080
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI 4-year, Public $26,117 in-state, $36,013 out-of-state
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI 4-year, Public $32,428 in-state, $50,854 out-of-state
University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Public $31,731 in-state, $43,976 out-of-state
University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit $56,848
Boston University Boston, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit $55,456
University of California - Davis Davis, CA 4-year, Public $35,322 in-state, $47,567 out-of-state

Sources: *School websites, **U.S. News & World Report

School Selection Criteria

Here are some important considerations for aspiring child psychiatrists as they choose between medical schools:

  • When choosing between medical schools, it can be helpful to find out where the clinical rotations take place Students who want to work in particular settings, such as urban clinics or children's hospitals, may look for a school that includes training in that setting.
  • Prospective medical students may want to find out about residency placement rates for graduates who go into psychiatry or child psychiatry.
  • Prospective residents and fellows should look for programs that are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, (ACGME).
  • When considering residency and fellowship programs, it can be helpful to look at the pass rates for graduates on the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) exam.

Doctoral Degree Programs

After earning a bachelor's degree and completing pre-medical course requirements, the first step toward becoming a child psychiatrist is earning a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree through an accredited medical school. These programs take four years to complete, two of which are spent on advanced biomedical coursework, where student train in both the classroom and the lab. After that, students complete clinical rotation in each subfield of medicine, including psychiatry. Upon completion, graduates are prepared to be matched to a residency program.

Residency and Fellowship Programs

When choosing residency and fellowship programs, aspiring child psychiatrists have several options. The traditional approach is to start with a three-year general psychiatry residency and then complete a two-year clinical fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. An alternative option is a five-year integrated residency program that includes both general and child-specific psychiatry training. The third possibility is a triple board program, which combines clinical experience in pediatrics, general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. Graduates are prepared for the child and adolescent psychiatry certification exam offered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABMS). It is important to note that residents and fellows receive a stipend for their work.

Earning an M.D. and completing a residency and/or fellowship can prepare aspiring psychiatrists for licensure and success in this highly specialized career.

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