Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

Kathleen Koth, D.O.
Training Program Director
(414) 266-4920

Beverly Pernitzke, C-TAGME
Medical Education Coordinator 1 - Psychiatry Fellowship Programs
Phone: (414) 955-7240
Fax:     (414) 955-6299

Training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry emphasizes the importance of the biologic, psychologic, and sociocultural impact of life experiences during development of the individual. The rich interplay of culture, family, educational and social experiences, interpersonal and personal assets, genetics and biological development lays the foundation and framework for the emerging person. Recognition of the neurologic impact of learning (neurochemical and structural), and of the variability of that influence in different developmental phases and cultural contexts allows for a more comprehensive understanding of psychiatric illness. Recent rapid progress in the neurosciences and decades of progress in Psychology has produced effective treatments to impact on mental illness and psychological distress when they impinge on the lives of children and adolescents. Progress in the field of adult learning, and leadership in the ACGME, have contributed to our detailed and progressive curriculum and excellent training.

Our two-year fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), carefully integrates learning in clinical and didactic settings to promote exceptional training.  There are four residents in each of the two years of training.  Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, our main teaching hospital, was again rated in the top 10 best children’s hospitals by Child Magazine.  It is one of the busiest children’s hospitals in the country and treats patients from all over the Midwest and beyond.  The chief editors of the two main pediatric textbooks, Nelson’s and Rudolph’s are on the faculty at the Medical College and Children’s Hospital.  There are nationally recognized programs in epileptology, hematology and oncology, gastroenterology, feeding problems, and surgical correction of congenital heart defects.  This is combined with our many affiliate sites that provide a broad range of clinical experience and learning Child Fellowship Rotations.

Child Fellowship Rotations

Year 1

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin: Consultation-Liaison Service
                                                Psychotherapy Clinic
                                                Psychopharmacology Clinic

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
    Child and Adolescent Inpatient Services (CAIS)
    Mobile Urgent Treatment Team (MUTT)

Rogers Memorial Hospital
    Inpatient Child and Adolescent Units
    Day Treatment Program

Year 2
Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin:  Psychotherapy Clinic
                                                Psychopharmacology Clinic
                                                Child Development Center
                                                Child Protection Center
                                                Pediatric Neurology

Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division
    Community Consultation (Wrap-Around Milwaukee)
    Mobile Urgent Treatment Team (MUTT)

Carmelite Residential Treatment Center
Willowglen Day Program for developmental disabilities
VA Medical Center Family Programs
Marquette University Counseling Center

Child Fellow Seminars

The first and second-year fellows join together for most seminars to allow for better program cohesion, maximize the faculty in the community and give all fellows a rich learning experience. The fellows participate in Case Conferences, Journal Club, and Psychiatry Department Grand Rounds regularly. Didactic topics include:


Practice and Professionalism

Normal Development

Therapy series that includes didactics on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Group Therapy, Family Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Trauma Focused, Motivational Enhancement, Solution Focused, Parent-Child Interactional therapy, and Pet Assisted Therapy.



Substance Abuse

Consultation to Community and Schools

Eating Disorders

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Consultation Liaison

Pediatric Neurology

Neuropsychological Testing

Metabolism, Elimination, Interactions and Side Effects



Medical Toxicology

Pediatric Sleep Disorders

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues/Gender Identity Disorder

Treatment Dilemmas Case Seminar

There is a series of seminars combined with the forensic fellows that include:
Children’s Rights
Family Law
Child Abuse/Neglect
Testimonial Capacity
Parental Competence and Termination of Parental Rights
Child Custody Determination
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