Message from the Program Director
I welcome your interest in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program at the University of Kentucky. Our department is known for its strong commitment to children and to education in child and adolescent psychiatry. We offer a diverse array of clinical experiences and faculty with whom to work during your training. A sample of clinical sites at which you will likely work during your child and adolescent training include the following:
- University inpatient behavioral health unit for patients 12 - 18 years of age
- Residential facility for long-term individual and group therapy experiences
- Kentucky School for the Deaf (residential facility for deaf children and adolescents in KY)
- UK Center on Trauma and Children (center devoted to clinical care, education and research for children who have been abused or neglected
- Comprehensive Assessment and Training Services Project (CATS) (collaborative program between social services and psychiatry to provide comprehensive assessments to children in out-of-home care for the courts)
- Community mental health centers
- Telemedicine clinic (outreach clinic to underserved area of the state for child assessment and treatment)
- Juvenile justice centers
- Ongoing individual as well as group resident clinics for psychopharmacology and psychotherapy
These are just some of the many opportunities available to you as a child and adolescent psychiatry resident here! We have approximately 17 child and adolescent psychiatrists on faculty, many of whom have trained with us, in our child and adolescent or Triple Board programs. Because we have both child and adolescent and Triple Board residents we have a nice-sized peer group with whom to learn and share experiences. We also have outstanding research opportunities in child psychiatry with many opportunities for residents to become involved.
We offer a full morning per week of well-organized child and adolescent psychiatry didactics taught by our faculty and many opportunities for experiential visits to schools and other facilities that provide services to children. Residents are actively involved in all aspects of our program and participate in journal clubs, case conferences and small group seminars. There are ample opportunities to teach medical students in inpatient, clinic and large and small classroom settings.
I believe you will obtain excellent child and adolescent psychiatry training at the University of Kentucky and hope you will not hesitate to contact us if you have questions. Lexington as a wonderful city in which to live and is a great place to be single or to raise a family. The cultural, educational and recreational opportunities are outstanding and there is more to do than anyone has time to take advantage of! I hope you will strongly consider our program and invite you to take a closer look!
Marian Swope, M.D.
Program Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry