Medical Student Education

The Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry actively contributes to every stage of the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons medical student curriculum

During Fundamentals, students participate in a four-month psychiatric medicine unit, which includes lectures on child development and pediatric psychopathology, as well as small group introduction to working with children and families dealing with medical illnesses.

All students receive clinical exposure to child and adolescent psychiatry alongside the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital fellows, as they rotate through a five-week long clerkship in psychiatry during their Major Clinic Year. The students’ understanding of developmental psychopathology is further advanced through didactics provided throughout the clerkship on major pediatric psychiatric disorders.

In the Differentiation and Integration phase of the P&S curriculum, students may choose child and adolescent psychiatry electives that include Emergency Department and Consultation-Liaison Pediatric Psychiatry, and Early Child Development. In addition, students may complete their scholarly project in child and adolescent psychiatry under the mentorship of one of our faculty. Examples of recent scholarly projects include “An interdisciplinary curriculum for pediatric primary care sites: Timely identification of children at risk for dyslexia” and “Developing an innovative curriculum to improve early identification of developmental deviance, facilitate early intervention, and provide better outcomes for children.”

Medical Student Awards and Grants

For medical students who are interested in pursuing an interest in child and adolescent psychiatry, beyond the fundamentals, the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) offers select medical student awards, including Summer Medical Student Fellowships and AACAP Life Members Mentorship Grants. All students are encouraged to check out the awards and opportunities at