In MD programs, students get the foundational medical education necessary for work as a child psychiatrist. After that, they specialize their clinical skills through residency and fellowship programs.
Medical Schools for Adolescent Psychiatry
At these medical schools, which were highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report for 2017, it is possible to earn an MD degree on the way to a career in child psychiatry:
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)*|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private||$52,491|
|University of California--Los Angeles||Los Angeles||4-year, Public|| In-state: $31,731
|Harvard University||Cambridge, MA||4-year, Private||$55,850|
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor, MI||4-year, Public|| In-state: $32,428
|Yale University||New Haven, CT||4-year, Private||$55,680|
|University of Illinois - Chicago||Chicago, IL||4-year, Public|| In-state: $35,442
|University of Minnesota - Twin Cities||Minneapolis, MN||4-year, Public|| In-state: $37,872
Source: *U.S. News & World Report
School Selection Criteria
Here are some important things to keep in mind when choosing child psychiatry programs:
- Students must make sure the program is accredited by the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
- Prospective medical students should find out what the residency placement rates are for graduates of the school who pursue psychiatry.
- Prospective residents and fellows should look for a school that offers the opportunity to get experience in the setting in which they hope to pursue a career, such as a children's hospital or an urban treatment facility.
- Prospective residents who are interested in research should try to find out if the school provides research opportunities for residents.
Doctor of Medicine (MD) Programs
Aspiring child psychiatrists who have completed a bachelor's degree and pre-medical course requirements can begin their medical education by enrolling in a Doctor of Medicine (MD) program. The first two years of these programs are dedicated to classroom and laboratory courses in the biomedical sciences. For the remaining two years, medical students complete clinical rotations in each area of medicine, including psychiatry. Upon completion, newly minted MDs are prepared to be matched to a psychiatry residency program.
Residency and Fellowship Programs
In residency and fellowship programs for aspiring child psychiatrists, students get the specialized clinical training they need for the career. Depending on the school, MDs may apply directly to a five-year child psychiatry residency program, or they may complete a three-year general psychiatry residency program followed by a two-year child psychiatry-focused fellowship. Upon completion, graduates are prepared for the certification exam provided by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN).
Aspiring child psychiatrists must earn an MD degree and complete a residency and/or fellowship program. Key considerations for prospective students include program accreditation and clinical training opportunities.