Fellows' Welcome


Dear Applicant,


We are delighted that you are considering the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program at the Institute of Living (IOL).

Founded in 1822, the IOL was one of the first mental health centers in the United States. As a member of the Ivy League Psychiatric Hospital Group, it has continued to flourish and remains at the forefront of quality research and psychiatric care. As the behavioral health component of Hartford Hospital, we have a wide, culturally-diverse catchment area that serves central Connecticut and beyond as a major referral center. We also maintain close ties with Connecticut Children's Medical Center, the only hospital in Connecticut devoted exclusively to the care of children and adolescents.

At the IOL, you will receive training from a distinguished faculty in a stimulating academic environment. We are committed to providing an excellent psychiatric education through carefully designed clinical rotations and extensive didactics. You will have direct clinical supervision with increasing autonomy and graduated patient care responsibility over the course of your training, ably assisted by an educationally-oriented faculty. There is special emphasis on the bio-psycho-social model of formulation which includes strong psychotherapy training and supervision.
Our graduates go on to a variety of positions ranging from continued work here at the IOL, private practice, community hospitals, and fellowships in Consultation-Liaison or Forensic Psychiatry.


The first year is a mix of clinical experiences including on-site rotations in our Inpatient units, Rapid Emergency Stabilization unit, and Outpatient Clinic. The Consultation-Liaison rotation is at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center, across the street from the IOL. Rotations in the surrounding community include duties in public schools, in-home services, and the specialty hospitals.

The second year continues with Outpatient Clinic, in addition to rotations with the Partial Hospital Program, Extended Day Treatment Program, Substance Abuse Partial Hospital Program, Eating Disorders clinic, and a year-long association with the Grace Webb School: an on-site therapeutic elementary, middle, and high school. Rotations in Neurology and Genetics provide complementary views to an often-shared treatment population.

Elective Rotations

You have a choice of established clinical programs, or you may design your own for the four month elective rotation in the second year. Some options include participating in research projects, training at the Anxiety Disorders Center, rotating at a sexual abuse evaluation/treatment center, participating in Pediatric Pain Clinic evaluations, contributing to children’s grief counseling, and rotating at the Hospital for Special Care autism inpatient unit and outpatient clinic.

Other Opportunities

There are teaching opportunities as well. Our program also includes a forensic component that incorporates mock trials, actual trial observations, and regular interdisciplinary seminars with local forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, and attorneys. In addition, our fellows are actively involved in teaching medical students and residents, and our second year fellows lead a 12-week neuroscience seminar for our first year fellows and rotating trainees.

The Olin Neuropsychiatric Research Center and the Burlingame Research Center provide excellent prospects for research. We encourage you to explore our website to gain a sense of many other areas of psychiatric research available at the IOL.

You will have a flexible call schedule during the first year, with no scheduled calls in the second year. Moonlighting opportunities are available in our inpatient units and emergency room.

We invite you to visit us at the Institute of Living and look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Sheena Joychan, MD
Chief Resident