Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at IOL / Connecticut Children’s

Clerkship Number: 409-020

Location: Gengras Building on the IOL campus and Connecticut Children's

Committee Members: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Faculty

Duration: One of two months, full-time

Months Offered: All year except July & August

# of Students: One per rotation

Prerequisite: Third Year Curriculum

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Goals and Objectives

  • To gain appreciation of the multifaceted aspect of serious illness, both medical and psychiatric.
  • To develop the clinical strategies necessary for conducting a therapeutic interview of the pediatric inpatient or outpatient and family; for generating a differential diagnosis; and for developing a long-term problem oriented treatment plan.
  • To enhance the skill of physician self-observation, in which the student strives to recognize both helpful productive and counterproductive emotional reactions which affect course of medical illness.

Program Description

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Subspecialty Clinic, the Emergency Psychiatric Service, the Pediatric Consultation/Liaison Service represent the services which contribute to this elective. Clinical hours are routinely held between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Regularly scheduled activities include the following:

Monday 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Consult Liaison Service Rounds
Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. Pediatric Grand Rounds, Connecticut Children's
Thursday 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. Psychiatry Grand Rounds, Institute of Living, Commons Building
Friday 8:00 - 12:00 p.m. Child & Adolescent Didactics, Braceland Bldg, IOL

Proposed Activities and Responsibilities

With support of close supervision:

  • To conduct interviews of the patient and family.
  • To develop an assessment and working diagnosis.
  • To develop and follow-through with a treatment plan that is brief and focused on the solution of a specific problem.
  • To write a consultation that is accurate, clear and helpful.
  • To enhance the skill of physician self-observation.
  • To participate in individual supervision with child and adolescent faculty.
  • To choose a topic of interest as the focus of a literature search and brief presentation.

Available Facilities

The clinical settings for pediatric psychiatry include the inpatient pediatric service, the outpatient specialty clinics, the child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient clinic, and the emergency room.

Formal Teaching

One-to-one teaching will be provided during scheduled hours each week, in addition to clinical case supervision. Weekly teaching conferences will also be available at the Institute of Living and include Psychiatry departmental grand rounds and case conferences as well as the child and adolescent psychiatry residents didactic courses.

Amount and Type of Supervision

One-to-one supervision will be provided on a daily basis and on a selective basis. This intensive format is designed to provide each student with the opportunity to learn at her or his own pace. Supervision will focus on two major areas: concrete clinical skills and the more elusive task of physician self-observation.


  • Gemelli (1996). Normal Child & Adolescent Development. American Psychiatric Press, Inc.
  • Jellinek & Herzog. (1990). --Psychiatric Aspects of General Hospital Pediatrics.
  • Kazdin & Weisz (2003). Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents. Guildford Press
  • Martin, (2003). Pediatric Psychopharmacology. Oxford Press.
  • Mash & Barkley (2003). Child Psychopathology. Guildford Press
  • Morrison & Anders (2001). Interviewing Children & Adolescents. Guilford Press

Revised 5/11/12