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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship


The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service is located at the Tripler Army Medical Center and is an integral part of the Department of Psychiatry, Tripler Army Medical Center, which also has an approved four-year Residency Training Program in General Psychiatry.

Tripler is a major teaching center with numerous graduate training programs and fellowships. Tripler also administers and supervises affiliation programs with accredited universities in numerous clinical specialties, and is an integral part of the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii.

The Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program began in 1982 and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to train four fellows each year. The goal of this training is to provide the child psychiatry fellow with comprehensive clinical experiences and sufficient exposure to the problems of military family psychiatry.

Tripler Child Psychiatry Program has many unique aspects. There are almost 35,000 dependents of active duty and retired under age 18 in our catchment areas which consists of all five military services including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. In addition, Hawaii is a multicultural environment and fellows will have a rich clinical experience of working with patients and their families from many different cultural backgrounds. The program also offers a spectrum of experiences from early infancy to late adolescence. The fellows will have exposure to treating children and adolescents in residential and acute in-patient settings, evaluating and treating toddlers and preschool children, and working with schools on military bases, family court, detention homes and youth correctional facilities, in addition to other clinical work at the Tripler Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic.

All military candidates are expected to start their training the first week of July and terminate their training in June of the final year.


  • To train the child psychiatrist to evaluate, diagnose, treat and manage competently the broad spectrum of childhood, adolescent, and family psychiatric problems.
  • To train the child psychiatrist to handle competently the numerous roles and functions that will be required of him/her, to include administration, consultation liaison, teaching, program planning, research and advocacy.
  • To train the child psychiatrist to function competently in collaboration with allied disciplines, including psychology, social work, education, other physicians, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and judicial systems.
  • To train child psychiatrists who can fulfill the requirements of certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Curriculum Objectives and Expectations
First Year:

  • Grasp the material of: Nosology and the diagnostic nomenclature of DSM-IV and G.A.P. standards; theories and principles of comprehensive childhood development; dynamics of childhood psychopathology.
  • Develop competency in the psychiatric evaluation of children, adolescents, and families with an increasing degree of responsibility in carrying out the treatment plan.
  • Have a fuller and more developed understanding of the techniques and skills of various psychotherapeutic modalities, to include: individual psychotherapy; inpatient milieu therapy; psychopharmacotherapy; group therapy; family therapy; behavior therapy.

Second Year:

  • Function at a high level of responsibility in all categories listed in the first year.
  • Function competently in the role of consultant to: Department of Pediatrics; Schools; Family Court; Family Advocacy Case Management Team; Family Practice Clinic.
  • Teach interviewing skills, principles and course of childhood psychopathology, and the mental status exam to pediatric residents and medical students.
  • Supervise the clinical work of pediatric residents, medical students, and other mental health workers.
  • Have sufficient knowledge of forensic psychiatry and the ability to consult and work collaboratively with the judicial system.
  • Be able to conduct and complete a research project.

Rotation and Clinical Assignment
First Year:

  • Inpatient Assignment
  • Outpatient Assignment
  • Research

Second Year:

  • Outpatient Assignment
  • School Consultation
  • Family Court and Detention Home
  • Research
  • Neurology Rotation
  • Pediatric
Applicants who are interested in the Child Psychiatry Fellowship at Tripler Army Medical Center can contact the Army Personnel Counselor at their local Army Center or:
Office of Graduate Medical Education
US Army Health Professional Support Agency
ATTN: SGPM-EDM, Building 6, Room 671
5109 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041-3258
(703) 681-8036

Contact Us

Program Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Phone number: (808) 433-6418

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