Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Introductory Letter from the Training Director

Dear Applicant,

A very warm welcome from all of us and thank you for wanting to learn about our program!

There has never been a better time to apply to our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Indeed, we just welcomed our first expanded fellowship class of 1st year fellows (now five per year) and are adding rotations in eating disorders and youth substance abuse as part of this expansion. We are confident that we offer a training that is exceptional and difficult to replicate elsewhere.

Here is a brief overview of our program: trainees rotate in a remarkable inpatient setting providing the highest level of acute psychiatric care for Missouri children and adolescents, a psychotherapy clinic with real-time video-based monitoring and feedback, a phenomenal infant-preschool clinic, extensive outpatient experiences in both academic and community mental health practices, a consult rotation in a world class children’s hospital, and an ever-expanding portfolio of other innovative clinical programs including an autism center of excellence. Trainees have the opportunity to participate in telepsychiatry, the care of young children in foster care, and the crafting of school-based educational and behavioral plans for children with developmental disabilities. As mentioned, we are also adding rotations in eating disorders and substance used disorders in highly specialized settings dedicated to care for those conditions. Continuity of care is emphasized in our program, and opportunities abound for work with special populations. This range of exposure equips fellows for careers in every conceivable setting. Our highly rated didactics are innovative and learner-centered. We also offer numerous options for research training for the next generation of clinician scientists in child psychiatry during and after fellowship and we offer a research path for highly motivated trainees who plan a career in academics.

Please see what our current fellows say about training here:

It is true. Our program is unique: We are a particularly collegial, nurturing and supportive environment and an unusually research-rich setting. Our trainees work side by side with known research leaders in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, who happen to also be outstanding clinicians, teachers and mentors. We invite you to explore the range of research interests and active studies of our distinguished faculty. Five of them are on the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Editorial Board and our current year divisional federal funding total exceeds 6 million dollars.

Our graduates have gone on to establish themselves in a variety of professional positions ranging from private practice to community mental health to academic practice and independent research.

Our fellows spend about twenty weeks on service at Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Hospital, a state-supported facility, where lengths of stay average four to six weeks, distinctively allowing our fellows to follow patients through extended courses of treatment. There, and in the outpatient clinics of BJC Behavioral Health, where they also spend twenty weeks for their community mental health rotation, and St. Louis Children's Hospital, our fellows gain experience with children and families who exemplify the full range of psychiatric, developmental and psychosocial disability.As of July 2016, our trainees are also spending 10 weeks at McCallum Place, a premier midwestern Eating Disorders Treatment Center where they will be supervised by three outstanding child psychiatrists with expertise in eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder as well as obesity. A neurology outpatient rotation, supervised by outstanding pediatric neurology faculty, is also in the first year.

The second year prioritizes independence and flexibility and includes generous elective time. Fellows experience an acceleration in outpatient work, autonomy and therapeutic practice with a school consultation rotation in collaboration with the unified Special School District of St. Louis County, a Consult-Liaison experience at St. Louis Children's Hospital, a premier U.S. children’s hospital, a year long weekly clinic solely dedicated to the practice of psychotherapy, as well as ample time to pursue special interests including 6 months with 50% elective time. Starting in July 2017, our fellows will also rotate through the adolescent age services offered through Bridgeway Behavioral Health which is dedicated to the treatment of substance use disorders.

Our mission is to help our fellows become first-rate child and adolescent psychiatrists, who dedicate their careers to leading the field. Congratulations on choosing a career path in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. We look forward to meeting you.

Anne L. Glowinski, M.D., M.P.E.
Director of Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Associate Chief, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Washington University School of Medicine