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The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency at UCSD provides a two-year program of specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry. The training program is an integral part of the General Psychiatry Residency Programs at UCSD. Fellows join faculty and staff in providing the best possible comprehensive care for children, adolescents, their families, and our communities.

We are dedicated to our Department’s mission:
To enhance mental wellness and better the lives of people with mental illness across the lifespan through basic, clinical, and translational research; by educating the next generation of scientists and clinicians; and by providing state of the art, evidence based personalized and compassionate care, in partnership with our community.

The UC San Diego Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program is excited to train the next generation of excellent child and adolescent psychiatrists. All fellows will have the privilege of serving diverse youth and families in San Diego County with exposure to world class researchers, outstanding advocacy efforts, dedicated faculty and supervisors, and expert clinician educators. We will support our fellows in knowledge and skill acquisition, in addition to professional development in order to graduate ethical and admirable leaders in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Child and adolescent psychiatry training is complex and rewarding. At UC San Diego, we train our fellows with a variety of conceptual frameworks to help them understand human behavior and healing. We encourage thoughtful and comprehensive case conceptualizations with strong collaboration with our teammates from multiple disciplines as well as our patients and families. We take pride in delivering the highest quality of care and education to our patients.

Every trainee will come to our program with unique strengths and opportunities for growth and improvement. We will work with each fellow individually to encourage clinical competence in childhood and adolescent psychiatric diagnosis and treatment, while being flexible enough to support learning opportunities according to a fellow’s particular interests. Ample elective time is provided to encourage exploration and acquisition of skills in specific child and adolescent psychiatry subspecialties.

Residents in this program participate in a structured core clinical and educational experience, with rotations in the RCHSD pediatric hospital, RCHSD outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry clinic, the CAPS inpatient unit, Rady's Medical Behavioral Unit, Rady's ER and Crisis Stabilization Unit, Juvenile Forensics Services, San Diego schools, KidSTART, Autism Discovery Unit, SmartCare, Developmental Pediatrics, UCSD La Jolla Outpatient Psychiatry, Family Health Centers of San Diego, and more. The Program is under the direction and supervision of the Training Director, Desiree Shapiro, M.D. and Associate Training Directors, Jason Schweitzer, M.D., and Michelle Wu, M.D.

Graduates will become well-rounded and competent child and adolescent psychiatrists. Graduates will be committed to life-long learning and self-improvement. Graduates will be leaders and advocates in their chosen career paths including academic psychiatry, community psychiatry, private practice psychiatry, research/science, administration, education, and/or innovation.

UCSD and RCHSD are both accredited by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Hospitals. The Training Program is approved by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education’s Residency Review Committee for two years of training.