Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Rotations and Didactics


Block Schedule: Entering 1st Year Fellowship Training for 24 months (PDF)

Didactic Courses

In July, we hold special topic seminars for the entire residency and fellowship programs. Some previous topics have been: Residents as Teachers, What to know about CSVs, Intro to Humanism, Intro to Physician Well-Being, and Professionalism.

All fellows attend the following courses monthly:

  • Physician Well-Being
  • Journal Club/Case Conference
  • Psychopharmacology Update
  • Humanism
  • Jeopardy!

We also hold M&M Conferences 2-4 times per year.

There is an extensive 9 hour Psychiatry Resident In-Training Exam (PRITE) review course which is held for all PGY II, III, IV, and Fellows to help prepare for the PRITE Exam in the fall.

The following courses are covered over the 2 years of Fellowship:

  • Review of AACAP Practice Parameters
  • Intro to Childhood Assessments
  • Intro to Childhood Psychopathology
  • Intro to Therapies
  • Psychopathology Syndromes & Developmental Disabilities
  • CAP Psychopharmacology Essentials
  • Play Therapy
  • Substance Abuse
  • CBT
  • Culture & Children
  • Community Based Systems of Care
  • Seminal Research Studies
  • Normal Development (Infancy, Preschool, Latency, & Adolescence)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy of Child &Adolescent Art & Science
  • Child Psychological Testing
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Consultation and Liaison
  • Group Therapy
  • Reading Seminar
  • Family Therapy


A research seminar is required for all fellows and occurs in a one-week block in the first year of training. This week is protected time and no clinical duties are expected. This seminar is given through the University of Nebraska Medical Center and encompasses topics from writing a grant to analyzing statistical data.

First Year

The first year is designed to demonstrate increasing knowledge, skills and attitudes in the six general competencies including: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Practice-based Learning and Improvement, Systems-Based Practice, and Professionalism.

The first year experiences consist of:

  • 4 months in Acute Inpatient Hospitalization
  • 2 months of Partial Hospitalization & Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • 6 months at the Residential Treatment Facility
  • 2-4 half day clinics per week for the entire first year

Second Year

During the 2nd year, fellows continue to improve their outpatient care with an emphasis on psychotherapy and long-term care. Exposure during the Community and elective rotations is designed to further enhance or develop skills in areas consistent with the trainee’s career goals. Fellows will continue to demonstrate increasing knowledge, skills and attitudes in the six general competencies.

The second-year experiences include:

  • 2 months Eating Disorders
  • 1 month of Pediatric Neurology
  • 1 month of Forensic experiences
  • 2 months of Electives
  • 4 months of Community Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry, including experiences at mainstream and alternative schools, substance abuse, psychological testing, social services agencies, daycares, and many more. This rotation can be tailored to the fellow’s specific interests and career aspirations.
  • 4-5 half day clinics per week for the entire year, including a half day Psychotherapy clinic.