The mission of the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is to train child psychiatry fellows to diagnose and treat mental illness in children from infancy through 18 years of age and their families. The child psychiatry fellow will understand biological underpinnings and vulnerabilities, environmental and family influences, interactions with medical illness, and neurological concomitants of the illnesses.
The Department of Psychiatry has four positions available each year in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship.
Our fellowship participates in the National Resident Matching Program through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. All supporting documents, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically as part of the ERAS submission.
Letters of Recommendations
One letter must be from your training director in general psychiatry, detailing your psychiatric education to date. The letter should include the rotations that you have taken and any rotations that may need to be completed in Adult Psychiatry for Board eligibility
Three other letters are required; these can be in regards to Medical School, Internship, or Residency.
The J-1 physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all UMN graduate medical education programs; therefore, the Department of Psychiatry sponsors J-1 visas, and H-1B visas (in some situations).
More information on the J-1 and H-1B visas can be found on the UMN-GME webpage: International Medical Graduates & Visas
Applicants considered for a position to the University of Minnesota will be offered an interview with the program director and selected faculty. These Interviews will be conducted at the end of September through October.
Coursework, Conferences & Electives
Fellowship Year 1
Inpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - We offer clinical experiences at two inpatient facilities- University of Minnesota/Fairview (community and tertiary care center), and a free-standing community facility. These facilities serve a diverse patient population with broad diagnoses, and high symptom severity.
Inpatient Adolescent Mental Illness/Chemical Dependency - A unique unit that features assessment and treatment of adolescents in mental health crises that also experience the impacts of problematic substance use.
Consult Liaison - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Minnesota Pediatrics Hospital. Through this experience fellows provide consult liaison services to a busy tertiary pediatrics hospital. Fellows will gain experience managing common medical complications of mental health crises as well as psychiatric manifestations of rare and complicated disorders.
Day Hospital - Fellows rotating through the day hospital participate in the treatment and care of adolescents participating in a structured day program for severe mental health conditions that do not require hospitalization.
Psychotherapy - Fellows learn core psychotherapy principals through multiple clinical cases carried throughout their training. Modalities include family assessment, CBT, ERP, psychodynamic, and other modalities.
Child and Adolescent Clinic - Fellows carry a diverse outpatient panel throughout their two years of fellowship- providing experience in continuity of care.
Fellowship Year 2
School Consultation - Fellows provide in-person consultation to several schools in the surrounding area. Opportunities include in-class observation, psycho-education of school staff, advanced formulation, participation in Individualized Education Plan meetings.
Autism Spectrum Disorders - An in depth experience through a community organization that specializes in the assessment and treatment of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental conditions. This includes observing structured ASD assessments, case consultation, 1:1 supervision with Dr. Suma Jacob, an international researcher in autism spectrum disorders
Child Psychiatry Specialty Clinics - Fellows have the opportunity to join the teams of several disorder specific specialty clinics- staffed by faculty with clinical expertise in specific patient populations. Opportunities include bipolar/mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, ADHD/neurodevelopmental disorders and youth psychosis.
Family Assessment Clinic - Specializing in complicated, ambiguous, or treatment refractory patients or families, the family assessment clinic provides an opportunity for fellows to participate in a unique clinical experience. Fellows participate in an assessment processes that transcends traditional divisions of individual and family therapy in order to deliver patient and family centered care as determined through the needs of the family.
Community Psychiatry - Although all of our clinical sites feature a diverse patient population, our training program offers specific training experiences in community affiliates that serve primarily under-served populations of children and adolescents with mental health needs.
Electives- Fellows have an opportunity to participate in multiple electives to explore specific areas of interest. These include additional experiences in psychotherapy, developmental and behavioral pediatrics, outpatient adolescent chemical dependency, research projects etc.
1st Year Fellows
Nicole Burkette Ikebata, MD
University of Washington
Amanda Delaney, MD
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Tarek Kanaa, MD
Medical University of the Americas (Nevis)
Joseph Sterner, MD
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine
2nd Year Fellows
Asma Jami, MBBS
Government Medical College, Srinagar
Dane Jensen, MD
University of Minnesota Medical School
Lindsay Merriman, MD
New York Medical College
Jenna Triana, MD
University of Minnesota Medical School