Directing Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training for Residents

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Directing child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) training for residents is a complex and challenging administrative task that encompasses the broad creativity of the orchestral conductor, the social and interpersonal effectiveness of the best politician, and the orientation to details of the finest accountant. This article examines these roles in detail, recognizing the leadership, administrative, and managerial achievements of the successful child and adolescent program director. Resources for optimizing the chances for success in each of these areas, and the common pitfalls to avoid, are identified and discussed. The article concludes with suggestions for CAP training directors to influence medical student education. Although challenging and sometimes frustrating, the role of the program director in CAP training is almost always exciting and rewarding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-46
Number of pages16
JournalChild and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010


  • Administration
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Education
  • Medical students
  • Residents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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