The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University offers a two-year fellowship accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Requirements for admission to the program include graduation from an accredited four year medical school, completion of three years of accredited psychiatric residency training, passing Step III of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and a J1 visa (when applicable). The applicant must qualify for a medical license with the North Carolina Medical Board. Presently the program is approved for four residents, with two rotating off each year. Our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program is designed to offer residents a well-balanced professional training experience. This includes a broad range of exposure to children on a continuum of normal to abnormal development, with a range of ages, and from a range of cultural backgrounds for diagnostic assessment, treatment and prevention of pathology. The program utilizes clinical experience and a formal didactic curriculum covering major areas in child and adolescent psychiatry; consultation experiences in pediatric, school, juvenile justice, social services and other community settings; and a graduated level of responsibility throughout the two training years. Residents will develop growing competence in clinical service, consultation, teaching, research, and administration.
Like the general psychiatry program, our residency program provides opportunities to train in a variety of training sites throughout eastern North Carolina. The patient population is socially, economically and racially diverse and is drawn from Pitt County and the surrounding 33 counties.
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residents complete their Inpatient Rotation at Cherry Hospital, a 274- bed inpatient psychiatric hospital serving the citizens of 36 eastern North Carolina counties. It is operated by the Department of Health and Human Services of the state of North Carolina and is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO).
The Residential Rotation includes clinical experiences at several locations. There are two North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention sites: Dobbs Youth Development Center and Lenoir Youth Development Center. These are state juvenile justice facilities provide custody, rehabilitation, and treatment to adjudicated males ranging in age from ten to eighteen. Pitt County PORT Human Services is an adolescent substance abuse residential treatment program. This program is largely based on a 12-step model ninety-day rehabilitation program with an integrated school on site. The Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf is one of two North Carolina public residential schools that serve children who are deaf or hard of hearing. A proportion of the children also have emotional and behavioral disorders.
The Outpatient Rotation includes multiple sites. There are two child psychiatry outpatient sites including Beaufort County Hospital Mental Health Clinic for a community mental health clinic experience and ECU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic for a university mental health clinic experience. The consultation/liaison psychiatry rotation takes place at UHS Medical Center, a JCAHO accredited facility. Our residents are exposed to a broad array of pediatric patients at other sites including the ECU Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, Pediatric Neurology Clinic, and the Pediatric Outpatient Consultation Clinic. The residents also rotate at the Summer Moore Children’s Center which serves children from infancy through kindergarten age with developmentally appropriate education programs encompassing childcare, early education, special instruction, specialized pediatric therapies, and family support.
The System of Care Rotation takes place in the second year. The residents become familiar with different child serving systems such as the Pitt County Department of Social Services; the Greenville TEACCH Center (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children program); and Tedi Bear Children’s Advocacy Center for child abuse victims and their families.
The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry faculty includes six full time child and adolescent psychiatrists, as well as a pediatric neurologist, a developmental pediatrician and numerous mental health and allied health professionals.
Nadyah John, MD, Training Director
Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry, BSOM at East Carolina University
600 Moye Blvd., Mail Stop 635
Greenville, NC 27834
Carolyn Styons, Residency Training Coordinator