Welcome! At Mount Sinai, we apply a developmental ethos to all aspects of life. A fellowship is more than the means to an end; it's an experience. Our diverse clinical settings, internationally renowned teachers, and rich collection of specialty centers will enable you to craft a unique identity as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. We look forward to helping you embark on this very rewarding path. Follow our program on Instagram, @mountsinaicap, for updates and news.
How to Apply
Our fellowship is a two-year program approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and participates in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) match. We admit seven fellows annually, including as many as three in our research track. To qualify as a trainee, you must have completed a minimum of three postgraduate years, including at least two years of general psychiatry. In rare cases, if you have completed your PGY-1 year, we may consider your application for admission. (Note: the ACGME permits training in child and adolescent psychiatry prior to general psychiatry; however, to be eligible for the board examination in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, you must first pass the Boards in General Psychiatry).
You must also be licensed in New York State or be eligible for a temporary (trainee) license. If you are an international medical graduate, you must have completed requirements through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. If you are not a U.S. citizen, we will need proof of suitable immigration status.
To apply, please complete the application via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS):
- Minimum of three letters of recommendation (including one from the current training director in general psychiatry at your school)
- Copy of your medical school transcripts
- Letter from the dean of the medical school you attended
We recommend you complete your application no later than October 1, though we process applications up until the NRMP deadline. We make offers of admission in conjunction with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Specialty Match, announced in January. You may request consideration outside the match, with the understanding that we follow the rules of the NRMP. These rules limit special applications to the period prior to July 1 of the year before training begins.
About Our Program
The Mount Sinai Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship prides itself on producing academic leaders who advance the field and are committed to delivering the highest level of compassionate care to patients and their families.
The Mount Sinai Health System covers all of New York City, and our program spans the following sites:
The Mount Sinai Hospital
- Early Childhood Program
- General outpatient clinic
- Pediatric consultation-liaison service
- Pediatric neurology
- Specialty centers include ADHD and Learning Disorders; Eating and Weight Disorders; OCD, Tic Disorders, and Tourette’s Disorder; Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders; and the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment
Mount Sinai Morningside
- Inpatient unit
- Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service
- Emergency consultation-liaison service
- General outpatient clinic
- Parent Infant Center
- Clinic for Overcoming Anxiety in Adolescents and in Children
Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Mount Sinai West
In addition, we have partnerships with many area organizations including Memorial Sloan Kettering, The West End Day School, The New School, and Manhattan Family Court.
We also offer a unique research track, designed for fellows pursuing an academic goal during training. Fellows in this track still rotate through the core Year 1 rotations of inpatient, CARES, Consultation-Liaison, and the Development and Scholarly Block. In Year 1, trainees in this track are afforded protected time for research, increased consultation-liaison time, and flexibility to have your outpatient clinic at the site of your research. In Year 2, there is further time dedicated to research along with a general outpatient caseload. Research track fellows still choose a subspecialty, and we help connect you with a mentor in your chosen research area. You will complete a scholarly activity by graduation, and will have the opportunity to present at Grand Rounds. Please note this program uses a separate NRMP number from our general fellowship and is a separate match. We recommend residents interested in this track apply to the general fellowship as well. Those applying to both will only need one interview. Research Track NRMP: 1490405F1.
Our program builds on the following five values to give our elite fellows the training you need to graduate as experienced, motivated, caring, and always-curious child psychiatrists: clinical excellence, leadership in academics and research, education, community responsibility, and wellness.
Delivering the highest quality care to our patients and their families is at the heart of our program. The doctor-patient relationship is sacred to us. We don’t just treat symptoms—we care for the entire patient and family.
We employ a developmental training model so our fellows learn to identify and treat psychopathology at all ages. Our therapeutic nursery begins at infancy, allowing trainees to learn normal and atypical development. Through our clinics, school-based programs, pediatric integrated program, and partnerships with local universities such as the New School, our fellows have access to children and teens from infancy through young adulthood. This lets you learn how different disorders present at different ages, and how to assess them in a way that is developmentally appropriate.
Our program offers several levels of care for our patients. We have a 17-bed inpatient unit, a one-of-a-kind day treatment program approved by the Department of Education known as Comprehensive Adolescent Rehabilitation and Education Service, pediatric consultation service, school-based clinic, pediatric integrated clinic, and general and subspecialty outpatient clinics. These offerings also give you access to different severities of symptomatology and to work with the same families and see improvement firsthand.
Mount Sinai offers the most advanced technological services and will be providing telepsychiatry services. Our fellows will be trained in delivering care through the increasingly popular medium of telemedicine.
A child patient is but one part of a larger unit encompassing the nuclear and extended family, the school, pediatric team, legal system, and community and social services. Our program works intimately with all sectors, and our fellows will graduate comfortable in their ability to not only navigate a complex system but use it expertly.
Leadership in Academics and Research
The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is a premier leader in research and we are proud to be advancing the field. We do not require research in our main fellowship, but we encourage you to participate in it. We are happy to help connect you with mentors to launch your academic career. Some highlights:
- Our Department of Psychiatry ranks #4 in National Institutes of Health funding
- Our Department published more than 700 research papers in 2019
- We received $55,000,000 in active grants
Our child psychiatry division boasts the following research and clinical centers: Center of Excellence in ADHD and Related Disorders, Seaver Autism Center for Discovery and Treatment, Center for Child Trauma and Resilience, Center of Excellence in Eating and Weight Disorders, and the Tics, OCD, and Related Disorders Research Program.
We believe the best education provides a solid didactic foundation as well as substantial clinical experiences. Our didactics, grand rounds, and journal clubs are protected time and taught by our revered faculty. See details.
Our program is deeply embedded in the Morningside and East Harlem neighborhoods and takes on the responsibility of giving back to the community. We do not feel resources should be a barrier to accessing mental health services, and believe all people are entitled to the best care available. We proudly accept Medicaid.
Being a doctor, and particularly a child psychiatrist, is a challenging and demanding job. We strive to ensure our students’ well-being. Our program offers quarterly wellness days, access to free psychotherapy, and numerous wellness and fitness options such as free yoga classes and mindfulness workshops. Additionally, there is no call in year 2.