Letter from the Training Director
Dear CAP Residency Training Program Applicant,
I am very excited that you are interested in pursuing Child and Adolescent Psychiatry specialty training. My colleagues and I here at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital feel like working in this field is a truly amazing opportunity. You live in the peaks and valleys of families’ lives every day, connecting with them in an intimate way that is literally healing in and of itself. Walking with families through their joys and pains, bringing them hope, and helping them grow and meet their goals is a rare privilege that we all cherish. Congratulations on choosing this meaningful, enriching career!
I am also very excited that you are interested in learning more about our training program. We are a relatively young program, founded in 2010 in collaboration with Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, and also connected to collective knowledge and experience of a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division that has been thriving for over 50 years. In our training program, we have taken the opportunity to start fresh and implement innovative, evidence-based teaching and skills-building methods. We strive to create a learning experience that embodies the mission of our entire Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division: to provide state-of-the-art care that is holistic, family-centered, community-based, and culturally attuned. As a clinical Division, we focus on improving access to care for families in the DMV area through working in schools and primary care clinics in underserved areas as well as by accepting the broadest range of public and private insurance of any academic clinic in the area. We are also specifically interested in allying with, learning from, and providing support to the historically marginalized African-American/black and Latinx communities living in Washington, DC.
I also like to emphasize that we try our best to have fun while learning and to build meaningful relationships with each other along the way. These relationships create a sense of safety and security that helps our trainees take chances, reflect honestly on their strengths and vulnerabilities, challenge each other and their supervisors, and explore the many exciting opportunities available within our Division and within the DC metro area as a whole. We strongly believe that diversity, inclusion, equity, and authenticity are essential elements of a thriving learning environment, and we consider them among our core values. Our faculty also place a strong emphasis on positive psychiatry, a strengths-based approach to assessment and treatment that centers on promoting well-being, and we practice what we preach clinically by also working actively to improve the well-being of our faculty, trainees, and staff.
As you will see from reviewing the details of our clinical rotations and seminar schedule, we incorporate a full breadth of treatment settings, include extensive direct contact with faculty in every facet of training, and work with children and families representative of the rich socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural diversity of this fascinating metropolitan region.
I look forward to the opportunity to speak with you about this program that we love so much, and I wish you all the best in your transition to the next phase in your career. For program information, please do not hesitate to contact me at [email protected] and/or our Program Coordinator, KenAndra De Saussure, at [email protected].
With warm regards,
Colin Stewart, MD
Training Director, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency