Rady Children's Hospital operates the only child and adolescent medical/psychiatric inpatient unit in San Diego County. The primary purpose of this unit is to provide multidisciplinary treatment to children and adolescents with comorbid medical and psychiatric conditions. The Medical Behavioral Unit is staffed by a combination of professionals with medical expertise and with mental health and behavioral experience, including specialized experience with eating disorders. Staff includes psychologists, nurses, social workers, licensed psychiatric technicians, dietitians, adolescent medicine physicians and child psychiatry faculty. Fellows rotate on the Medical Behavioral Unit for 2.5 months during their first year of training.
Our Medical Behavioral Unit has dedicated inpatient beds for medical stabilization of patients with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and related eating disorders. This includes those with medical instability or those who are severely underweight and require nutritional restoration under expert care. These medical services are also available to young adults. Fellows also rotate at the UCSD Eating Disorder Day Treatment Program and the Intensive Family-Based treatment program.