Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is a two-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited (ACGME) program offering specialized training in the biopsychosocial comprehensive care of children and adolescents with a wide range of psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Our training spans several sites including:

  • Rush University Medical Center-Illinois Medical District
  • Rush University Children’s Hospital
  • Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
  • Sonia Shankman Orthogenic Residential School
  • Chicagoland school systems
  • Therapeutic Schools
  • Community mental health facilities

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is also one of the more satisfying areas of medicine where you can have successful careers in academia, private practice, research, government, community, school consultation, forensics and telemedicine. The Child and Adolescent faculty at Rush University make every effort to provide our fellows with many opportunities tailored to provide a comprehensive individualized training experience in an evidence and research based environment that is respectful of diversity and intellectually stimulating. We support you in developing the skills, judgment and compassion needed to be an exceptional physician and a phenomenal child psychiatrist.

Clinical experiences cover the full continuum of care, including inpatient, residential, outpatient, chemical dependence, juvenile detention center, clinical research, school consultative services in both general education and therapeutic day schools, and forensic experiences in custody evaluations and court trials.

How to apply

Rush University recruits three fellows per year for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

Eligibility
  • You must have completed your internship and at least two years of general psychiatry residency in an ACGME –accredited program or in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC)-accredited program
  • You may apply to the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship after July of your PGY3 or PGY4 for acceptance into our program for the following year
Application Submission

Please submit your application via the Electronic Residency Application Service only and include the following:

  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • Program Director letter of recommendation with the attestation form that includes status of your clinical skills verification examinations
  • U.S. Medical Licensing Examination I, II and III results 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of reference
  • Licensure verification
  • International graduates: Please include documentation of successful completion of the language skills exam (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates Certificate)
  • Include your picture
Interview Process

We will begin reviewing and screening application files as soon as they are completed and begin offering interviews in late August. We will be interviewing on Fridays in October and November. If you receive an invitation to interview, please reply as soon as possible to arrange an interview date since the days can fill quickly.

Applicants are encouraged to attend the pre-interview dinner hosted by our section chair at a downtown Chicago restaurant. This will give you an opportunity to mingle with the current fellows and faculty in an informal outing. Applicants on the interview day will meet with the training director and at least two members of the Selection Committee. You will also have lunch with only the current fellows allowing for a collegial question and answer session. Thank you for your interest in our program and I look forward to meeting you.

For more information on the application process, email Shirley Congenie, fellowship coordinator, or call (312) 942-2185. For any other questions, please email Adrienne Adams, MD, MS, program director, or call (312) 942-2185.

Contact Us
Shirley Congenie
Child Psychiatry Fellowship Coordinator
2150 W. Harrison St.
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-2185
Email: Shirley_Congenie@rush.edu