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Training Information

Our program trains experts in child, adolescent and family mental, emotional and behavioral health.

In our multifaceted two-year child and adolescent psychiatry training program, you will grow and develop into an expert who specializes in helping children, adolescents and their families manage a wide range of mental, behavioral and emotional conditions. The program has been consistently and fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since 1962.

In accordance with the guidelines of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, residents who are qualified candidates for our program will have completed a minimum of the PGY-1 year. Preferred applicants will enter the program after completing the PGY-3 or PGY-4 year of psychiatry training.

We support eight residents, four in each training year. Our graduates go on to successful roles such as consultants, educators, researchers and health care planners who work with a vast array of other professionals.

Year 1
In the first year of our program, residents complete three rotations:

  • Child and adolescent psychiatry inpatient service and outpatient clinic at The University of Kansas Health System Marillac Campus
  • A residential treatment rotation comparing two community facilities
  • Psychiatric consultation/liaison service at a large children’s hospital, including an experience in neurology and other pertinent subspecialty clinics

Year 2
In the second year, our residents train primarily in The University of Kansas Health System’s outpatient clinic. Other training opportunities include: 

  • Community experiences, including observations at:
    • Local schools
    • A substance abuse treatment center
    • A juvenile justice center
  • Elective time

Other training activities
Here are some other important educational and training activities that are incorporated in our training program.

  • A weekly continuity clinic
  • Weekly formal didactics, journal club and case presentations
  • Scholarly projects with assigned faculty mentors
  • Opportunities to participate in research
  • Medical student and resident teaching opportunities with faculty mentoring

Our residents' training experience is further enhanced by the chance to work closely with other specialists with expertise in working with children and adolescents including:

  • Psychologists
  • Nursing staff
  • Social workers
  • Occupational and recreation therapists

Our faculty
Residents are guided and mentored by our faculty experts who are dedicated to providing the highest quality educational experience and preparing our trainees for a successful career in child and adolescent psychiatry. Here is a list of our program faculty.

KU Medical Center (Outpatient)

  • Ann Genovese, M.D.
  • Shilpa Sachdeva, M.D.
  • Susan Sharp, M.D.
  • Sharon Cain, M.D.

The University of Kansas Health System Marillac Campus

  • Mitchell Douglass, M.D.
  • Nathan Prichard, M.D.

Children's Mercy Hospital

  • Debra Willsie, D.O.

KidsTLC

  • Caitlin Mellencamp-Winder, D.O.

KVC Prairie Ridge Hospital

  • Gregory Prier, D.O.

Evaluation
Supervisory oversight

Residents are closely evaluated by their supervisors, while they also are provided with an appropriate autonomy for senior trainees who have chosen to subspecialize.

PRITE
Each year, residents take the general Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Examination (PRITE) and the Child and Adolescent PRITE. We offer a mock oral experience jointly with the Menninger training program to help our trainees prepare for these specialty board exams. The mock orals also provide us with another chance to assess residents' face-to-face interviewing skills.

Feedback
Our residents meet regularly with Dr. Sharon Cain, program director, to discuss their progress. They also are reviewed periodically by the Residency Review Committee.

Interested in learning more?
For additional details about our training program, please review the KU Medical Center Office of Graduate Medical Education Policy and Procedure Manual and contact Tammy Bosshard, residency coordinator, at tbosshard@kumc.edu or 913-588-6492.

Program leadership
Sharon E. Cain, M.D., Program Director
Tammy Bosshard, Residency coordinator
tbosshard@kumc.edu
913-588-6492

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

University of Kansas Medical Center
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Mailstop 4015
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
Phone: 913-588-6433
Fax: 913-588-6414