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Application Information—The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Hospital Fellowship Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


All applicants for a residency position must be graduates of an LCME-accredited medical school, an AOA-accredited medical school, or a medical school listed in the WHO Directory of Medical Schools. Applicants must have completed or be in their third year of an accredited General Psychiatry Program.


Each year, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program accepts applications for two first-year positions. All applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please submit all application materials by October 1st.

Selection Criteria

The Program Director will evaluate and select the candidates they believe to be most qualified for the positions available within the training program and will select candidates to interview based upon the following criteria:

  1. Goodness of fit between our training program's mission and values and the personal mission and values of the applicant
    1. Sophisticated empathic capacity
    2. Sophisticated capacity to think about systems
    3. Intellectual and humanistic curiosity
    4. A well-developed process for self-reflection and self-improvement
    5. The ability to process and utilize feedback to improve performance
    6. Ability to add to the program’s cognitive and/or compositional diversity
    7. Life experiences that would add to the applicant’s ability to meet the needs of a diverse patient population
    8. Community psychiatry interest and experience
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
    1. Reviewed for evidence of “on mission” activities
    2. Experience working with vulnerable and/or marginalized populations
    3. Extra psychotherapy or psychopharmacology training
    4. Scholarly activity
    5. Research experience/interest
    6. Interest in and experience with teaching
    7. Leadership experience
    8. Volunteer experience
    9. Advanced Spanish language skills
  3. Performance in general psychiatry training
    1. Three letters of recommendation, including one from the adult psychiatry residency program director letter
    2. Scholarly efforts (e.g., posters, papers, presentations, QI projects, etc.)
    3. Special recognition or awards
    4. Leadership experience
  4. Performance in medical school
    1. Medical/osteopathic school transcript
    2. MSPE (Dean's Letter) from medical/osteopathic school
  5. Commitment to training in child and adolescent psychiatry
    1. Significant experience with CAP patients
  6. Personal statement
    1. Evidence of a sophisticated empathic capacity
    2. Evidence of being a “systems thinker”
    3. Evidence of intellectual and humanistic curiosity
    4. A well-developed process for self-reflection and self-improvement
  7. ECFMG certification, if applicable. For International Medical Graduates, we will assist with J-1 visas sponsored by the ECFMG. We do not sponsor H1b visas.
  8. USMLE or COMLEX examination scores (we do not have an official "cut off" score)


Interviews are by invitation only and are required. Interviews are scheduled at the mutual convenience of the applicant and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and run on most Tuesdays from September through November. When scheduling your interview, please plan to spend a full day with us at our program. The interview day begins with a brief breakfast and information session with the program director and division chief and then a series of interviews with faculty members, lunch with the fellows, observation of our 1st-year evaluation clinic, and a virtual tour of the first-year inpatient and PHP programs.

Inquiries about the application process can be directed to the Child & Adolescent Program Coordinator:
KenAndra De Saussure
Phone: 202-944-9323
Fax: 202-944-5405

Additional information

Contact the Program

Further inquiries regarding application to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program should be addressed to:

KenAndra De Saussure, Program Coordinator



Colin Stewart, MD

Training Director

2115 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Suite 200
Washington,  DC  20007

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