Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program

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To prepare the next generation of leaders in behavioral health care; to support trainees & staff in delivering the highest quality care

Our philosophy is that graduate medical education is a graduated process in which child and adolescent psychiatrists, over a period of several years, gain experience with and assume responsibility for increasingly difficult patients and problems within their area of expertise. At the conclusion of training, fellows must be prepared to practice independently. Therefore, to serve the public well in our training mission, we must train child and adolescent psychiatrists who by their final year of training, can manage complex patients and problems independently.

We want our fellows to develop skills to:

  • Improve the quality of life & reduce the burden of suffering for children & families that face disabling mental illnesses
  • Evaluate by identifying both strengths & deficits of children & their families
  • Develop knowledge & skills in both psychotherapies & somatic therapies
  • Treat child psychopathology in a bio-psycho-social context of development
  • Emphasize family-centered & culturally competent care
  • Utilize community-based settings & systems of care
  • Advocate for youth & their families

The Fellowship is structured so that the majority of required ACGME training experiences are completed in the first year, allowing substantial discretionary time in the second year for personal pursuits whether clinical, education, or investigation. Our fellows are encouraged and supported to follow their interests and passions in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

Reflective of this breadth of experience available, the Department’s fellowship program has graduated over 300 child and adolescent psychiatrists who have gone on to successful careers in clinical, educational, administrative, advocacy, and research realms. We are strongly committed to training the next generation of child and adolescent psychiatrists who will work in the nation’s evolving health care system to reach children and families.

Please see our full program guide for more information about who we are:

Boston Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program Guide

How to Apply

All applications for our fellowship go through the ERAS system.

Please see our application requirements and instructions for completing the online application form.

For additional questions and concerns, please contact:

Zheala Qayyum, MD
Training Director 

Chase Samsel, MD
Associate Training Director