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Child & Adolescent Residency Program Director

Sarah Mohiuddin, M.D.
Director, Child and Adolescent Residency Program

The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry takes great pride in its outstanding training program. In many divisions, faculty members receive little recognition for educational activities and engage in teaching only when clinical and research activities are complete. At Michigan, in contrast, performance plans for faculty are laid out hour by hour, with large blocks of time typically devoted to supervision of residents, didactic teaching, and shoulder-to-shoulder clinical practice with residents.  Our faculty members enjoy teaching and welcome opportunities to work closely with residents.

A complete clinical education provides exposure to a large number of patients of all ages presenting with diverse disorders. It requires supervision in state-of-the-art treatments and a didactic program emphasizing the large and growing empirical data base of child and adolescent psychiatry and child development. Supervision must be intense early in training and when new skills are introduced; but by the end of the second year of training, residents should be able to function competently and confidently with minimal supervision. In addition to mastering basic information through didactic seminars, the more advanced resident must learn to critique research so that she can assimilate new information with objective appropriate skepticism.

The child and adolescent psychiatry program boasts several advantages that distinguish it from most other leading programs. To mention a few:

  • A summer didactic core, in addition to regular classes throughout the year
  • Modularized program for training in major psychotherapeutic modalities for the full spectrum of child/adolescent psychiatric referrals
  • Supervisors are assigned according to the therapeutic needs of the patient and corresponding training needs of the resident; thus, a patient requiring cognitive-behavioral psychotherapy is supervised by a clinician with specific CBT expertise. Multiple supervisors offer residents different perspectives on the same patient
  • Evaluations and treatment in settings that follow diverse models of training and care, including multidisciplinary assessment, clinics fashioned after the medical model, shoulder-to-shoulder and directly monitored psychotherapy training, and traditional psychotherapy supervision