Welcome to Tulane Child and Adolescent Psychiatry!
There are many good Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residency programs in the US, but none quite like the one at Tulane. Nowhere else will you find the combination of committed interdisciplinary faculty, patient and site diversity, research and scholarly excellence, career advancement and life fulfillment. We are perhaps one of the best keep secrets among Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training programs, but this website is about letting you in on the secret. We invite you to explore this website to learn more about our story.
10 Things You Should Know About Tulane Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
1. Highest Quality Residents. We recruit and train smart, committed physicians who want to practice the most interesting specialty in all of medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry. We are looking for residents who enjoy collaborative learning with faculty from many professional backgrounds, who are interested in mastering a developmental perspective on psychiatry, who enjoy being with children, and who are committed to improving the lives of young people. Many programs have smart residents, but few, if any, have the combination of the intelligence, compassion and collegiality of the Tulane Child and Adolescent Psychiatry resident. Although our admission standards are competitive, final decisions about selecting residents are based upon an applicant's fit with our group of faculty and residents. We believe that requisite for being a great physician is being a great person… and requisite for being a great person is not just tolerating diversity, but embracing it.
In addition to our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency program, we also have one of only 9 Triple Board Training Programs in the country. Also, we have Child Psychology Interns and Child Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows, as well as an Infant Psychiatry Fellowship, enriching the cohort of trainees at Tulane. This provides regular opportunities for each of us to develop our own perspective as a psychiatrist even as it is enriched by our fellow trainees in other disciplines.
Our residents are committed to post-Katrina rebuilding. This tragedy created one of the greatest mental health challenges in the history of the United States and provides all of us with an opportunity to make unique contributions to both service and learning. This is a great chance for you to be part of something special.
2. Faculty Excellence. Tulane's section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry faculty members are trained at many of the outstanding programs in the country, including Tulane. Thus, although united in values and a commitment to excellence, they bring diverse perspectives to bear on the problems of children and adolescents and their families. In addition to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, our faculty also have backgrounds in other fields, including Pediatrics, Nursing, Clinical, Developmental and Cultural Psychology, Genetics, Public Health, Law, Social Work, Mental Health Policy, and Sociology. These disciplines enrich the perspective and broaden and deepen the residents' understanding of children and their families.
Faculty work in many clinical settings and conduct basic and applied research. We are involved in program development and systems change at local, state, national and international levels. Residents have ample opportunities to work alongside faculty in these endeavors, including in international settings. Tulane Child and Adolescent Psychiatry faculty have won numerous professionals awards for their teaching, research and policy efforts in the past few years.
3. Patient Diversity and Community Commitment. Tulane's strength has always been grounded in the patients for whom we provide care in diverse settings throughout the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area. The bulk of our training, like most of child psychiatry practice, is outpatient. We believe in making psychiatric services available where people are. Sites include community clinics in Orleans, and Lafourche Parishes, and school based day treatment programs in New Orleans and clinics in Jefferson. This mix of training opportunities provides not only diversity in patient demographics (such as age, ethnicity, cultural background, religion, socio-economic status), but also diversity of clinical challenges (medically ill children, maltreated children in foster care, inner city children struggling with community violence, children of divorce, children with substance use disorders, children with learning difficulties or children with major mental illness struggling to fit in). The Tulane resident graduates having been in the trenches and has little to fear in the clinical arena after leaving the program.
Most of our work is in community settings, in the kinds of places where Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was born--clinics and schools. This commitment to the community has characterized the program since its inception more than half a century ago.
4. Resident Ownership, Autonomy & Flexibility. Responsibility evolves from being put in a position of being responsible. Our training program is designed to provide necessary support, but is always preparing residents for independent practice. Over the two years of training, the resident moves from more structured settings with generous supervision to more independent practice with supervision as needed. There is also ample opportunity to work side by side with faculty members, seeing how they practice and getting immediate feedback about how you are practicing. At Tulane, we understand that you are professionally mature enough to have an active voice in selecting training that meets your needs and helps you achieve your goals. Though we will ensure that you meet all requirements of training, we have flexibility for sites and experiences because we have so many different opportunities for meaningful learning. We pride ourselves on having training needs dictate rotation sites and experiences rather than service needs. To the extent possible, we make determining rotations a collaborative process rather than a preset formula.
5. Innovative Curriculum and Training Opportunities. We have devoted Friday to structured academic pursuits. In addition to formal courses, we also have our weekly Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Grand Rounds. These are opportunities for residents to learn actively from outstanding, informed and experienced teachers.
An important component of training at Tulane is learning to be a 21st century Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. These are challenging times for our field, with many pressures converging to attempt to limit our practice to a narrow range of hurried assessments and medication prescriptions. Our residents all master psychopharmacology, but they also learn how to understand the meaning of medication to patients and families. They learn to be efficient but they also learn how to listen to and observe children and parents. We also offer training in evidenced based psychotherapies, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent Child Interaction Therapy. This is a program where you can become a complete physician, learning but also transcending the medical model when necessary.
6. Research Opportunities and Scholarly Pursuits. Though we recognize that not all residents have research interests, we want to create curious consumers of the research literature and to make opportunities available for those who want to pursue a research career. Areas of expertise include world class programmatic research on trauma, internationally renowned research in infant mental health, genetic vulnerability to psychiatric disorders, psychotherapy outcome research, various efforts at prevention and studies of psychosocial interventions in children.
In addition to this rich array of research opportunities, we have one of the largest child mental health policy groups in any child psychiatry program anywhere. This group works actively with state government, including the Office of Mental Health, the Office of Public Health, the Office of Community Services, and the Office of Family Services. A number of policy initiatives from our group have led to legislation that has changed the lives of children in Louisiana in meaningful ways and provided models for others states to emulate.
Our productivity has grown steadily over the years, and every year the faculty publish peer reviewed papers in the most prestigious journals in psychiatry and child psychiatry, as well as in other fields of scholarship. See faculty publications to get an idea of our contributions. Many of recent graduates have published peer reviewed articles or book chapters based on work completed during their training.
7. Teaching Excellence. Tulane is committed to teaching. The faculty takes teaching seriously, and a number of faculty have won teaching awards over the years. Although most of our teaching and training is conducted with residents, psychology interns, and postdoctoral fellows, we also have a large and growing commitment to continuing education and training efforts with mental health professionals, health care professionals, child welfare and legal professionals, teachers and child care providers and other groups. This means the faculty must be able to convey clinical concepts to diverse audiences effectively.
We are also invested in producing academic leaders. We know that not every graduating resident will choose a career in academics, but we want all residents to have the skills to make that choice for themselves when the time comes. We encourage scholarly pursuits and critical thinking throughout training. We also provide opportunities for residents to teach medical students and residents in general psychiatry and pediatrics.
8. Career Advancement. As the 10th oldest medical school in the U.S, and one of the oldest continually accredited Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training programs in the country, Tulane has enjoyed an outstanding reputation for almost two centuries. Combine Tulane's name recognition with the national recognition of the Tulane resident's excellent clinical training, research skills, teaching excellence and collegiality, and it is no wonder that graduating from this program leads to outstanding careers in academic, community or private practice in child and adolescent psychiatry.
9. New Orleans. The Big Easy Is Still the Greatest. For more than 300 years, New Orleans has been a bastion of culture and diversity, and that definitely continues today. Where else in the U.S. can one find a city, steeped in history and flavored with elements of French, Spanish, Caribbean, African and Southern American cultures?
It is one of the world's great cities, featuring great visual and performing arts, incredible music, elaborate festivals, tasty food, year-round outdoor activities, professional sports and Mardi Gras. In terms of providing the freedom to find yourself, no city matches New Orleans. In addition to being a city of unique character, New Orleans is also a renewed city: the schools are new and improved, housing is more than available, food is unparalleled and the festivals march on proudly.
10. What We're About. A residency program should be more than a series of clinical assignments and lectures. Residency should be about providing experiences that nurture and support your becoming a great Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Our commitment to your development of autonomy, responsibility, stewardship, and a sense of social justice are the pillars of the Tulane approach. If you want to be part of our community of scholars, if you are passionate about helping children and families, and if you want to work in supportive, stimulating and diverse clinical settings in a collegial interdisciplinary environment, then check us out.
Thanks again for considering the Tulane Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Program. We hope you will take the time to visit historic New Orleans and to meet the incredible people in our program.
We hope to see you soon,
Myo Thwin Myint, MD