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About the Fellowship

Our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program provides a clinically rich, detailed experience, interspersed with didactics and close supervision in a supportive setting that aims to develop a strong foundation.

Through this journey, fellows develop a strong foundation in understanding biological, psychological, social and developmental factors affecting the lives of children, adolescents and their families, and learn to assess and treat their patients using the same approach.

Message from the Interim Chief

interim chief imageOver 20 years ago, when I was searching for program, the UT Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship attracted me immediately because of its commitment to personalization, authentic friendliness, and strong relationship with pediatrics.

As a fellow, the program assisted me in understanding why I was passionate about Child Psychiatry, adjusting my journey to fit my needs, and providing me with experiences that both amplified my learning and helped me pursue my specific interests.

It also allowed me to live in Memphis, TN, which was affordable and had the best barbecue around. Memphis boasted a city park larger than NYC’s Central Park, the Mississippi River, a great Children’s Museum, and a world class zoo for my three daughters to enjoy. Not surprisingly, all of this has remained the same.

In truth, the opportunities that we provide have only expanded in the past 20 years, as I have come full circle, completing my fellowship training here in 1993 and now serving as Interim Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Because the fellowship has remained small, we have been able to listen and adapt to our fellows’ needs.

We now provide a wide range of experiences from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital to our city school affiliated day treatment program and output experience. The city itself has gotten even better as well, with a greenway for cycling, a renewed focus on education, and a professional basketball team. It is easy to understand why I came and why I stayed. Thank you for your interest in our Child Psychiatry Program. Please feel free to email me at varnold@uthsc.edu with any questions.

Valerie K. Arnold, MD
Interim Chief
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Message from the Program Director

program director imageThe University of Tennessee Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program welcomes your interest in our program! We are an intrinsic part of University of Tennessee Department of Psychiatry.

Our program provides a clinically rich, detailed experience, interspersed with didactics and close supervision in a supportive setting that aims to develop a strong foundation in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Through this journey, fellows develop a strong foundation in understanding biological, psychological, social, and developmental factors affecting the lives of children, adolescents and their families, and learn to assess and treat their patients using the same approach.

Our program has two fellows per academic year and four core faculty members that devote a considerable part of their time and attention to the teaching and professional development of the trainees. We do have several volunteer facilities to which our fellows have access. Due to the size of our program, there is ample opportunity to get individual attention, to pursue interests with mentors, and we aim to have a close knit bond.

Our fellows receive experience at many sites, enabling them to see the spectrum of child and adolescent psychopathology as well as the different systems of care. They get accustomed to working in different settings and navigating the child mental health system in this area. The goal is to provide a basic understanding of the different ways that child and adolescent psychiatrists function in the system.

We are closely connected to the residents in the Department of Psychiatry as well as medical students at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Faculty and fellows interact, teach, and mentor these students.

Our rotations are at Saint Francis Hospital, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the Shelby County Unified School District, in both the Day Treatment Program and the community mental health clinic with Life Enhancement Services. Our outpatient work is delivered at the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, where there is a rich interchange with psychologists and psychology interns and, on occasion, developmental pediatrics.

Our didactics focus on getting a detailed basic knowledge in child and adolescent psychiatry. We strive to provide an active, engaging learning process that incorporates fellow and resident initiative, faculty moderation and questions to keep us all focused!

In supervision, the fellows have the ability to grow as therapists and in their professional identity as a child and adolescent psychiatrist with the guidance of their advisor.

To summarize, we have a friendly and comprehensive program that we invite you to look at!

Jyotsna Ranga, MD
Program Director
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Faculty

VALERIE  K. ARNOLD

VALERIE K. ARNOLD, M.D., B.S.
Associate Professor & Dir
Psychiatry

STE 178 BOLING CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
711 JEFFERSON AVENUE
MEMPHIS TN 38163
(901) 448-5944
varnold@uthsc.edu

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JYOTSNA  S. RANGA

JYOTSNA S. RANGA
Assistant Professor and D
Psychiatry

BOLING CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
711 JEFFERSON AVENUE
MEMPHIS TN 38163
(901) 448-5944
jranga@uthsc.edu

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NAJIBA  A. BATTAILE

NAJIBA A. BATTAILE, M.D., B.Sc.
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry

178 BOLING CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
711 JEFFERSON AVENUE
MEMPHIS TN 38163
(901) 448-5944
nbattail@uthsc.edu

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MELISSA  L. HOFFMANN

MELISSA L. HOFFMANN, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychiatry

171 BOLING CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES
711 JEFFERSON AVENUE
MEMPHIS TN 38163
(901) 448-5944
mhoffman@uthsc.edu

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SACHIN RELIA

SACHIN RELIA
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry

920 MADISON BUILDING
920 MADISON AVENUE
MEMPHIS TN 38163
(901) 448-4266
srelia@uthsc.edu

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ANDRES  A. RAMOS HENRIQUEZ

ANDRES A. RAMOS HENRIQUEZ
Assistant Professor
Psychiatry

275 LE BONHEUR FACULTY OFFICE BUILDING
49 N. DUNLAP STREET
MEMPHIS TN 38105

aramoshe@uthsc.edu

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Structure

We are ACGME approved to have 2 PG4 level residents and 2 PG5 level residents. We work closely with University of Tennessee Graduate Medical Education office.

The first year is at the two primary training hospitals; Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and St Francis Hospital.

The second year consists of pediatric neurology and outpatient  clinic at Le Bonheur, and St Jude.

There is elective time in the 2nd year and fellows are given the opportunity to set up electives to suit their interests.

Didactics

All didactic activity is on UTHSC Blackboard.

Fellows have regular didactics that include thorough study of standard textbooks of child and adolescent psychiatry (Lewis textbook and Dulcan textbook), psychopharmacology, consultation liaison, forensics, child development, ethics, cultural aspects of child and adolescent psychiatry, trauma, and journal club.

They have a longitudinal didactic in a group format discussing the tenets of individual therapy with children and adolescents.

Fellows have a longitudinal family therapy seminar. They are also required to attend Department of Psychiatry grand rounds and Boling Center didactics provided by developmental pediatrics.

The faculty are mainly UT core and volunteer faculty.

Fellows take a lead role in discussing topics they have been assigned and serve as teachers and mentors to residents and medical students who also rotate with us.

They are required to pick a project of their interest for scholarly activity with their mentors and work on this gradually over 1-2 years.

Fellows are also part of quality control committees especially in their 2nd year.

Call

We do not have on site call, but with supervision by our faculty, fellows participate in an on call rotation that provides after hour and weekend coverage to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital, Lakeside Hospital, and for their outpatients.

We work closely with the fellows and the University of Tennessee Graduate Medical Education office to monitor fatigue, duty hours and to maintain an optimal learning environment.

Call Expectations

As part of your training in child and adolescent psychiatry you will be on call for Lakeside and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital.

Lakeside

  • Lakeside fellow on every Tuesday (weekday call), backed up by faculty.
  • Lakeside fellow on call 1 weekend/ month (Fri 5pm- Sunday 5 pm), with faculty.
  • Call Calendar made by Lakeside.
  • If for any reason you are not able to do that weekend, please obtain fellow coverage.
  • When on call, you take home-call and when on weekend call, you will round with attending maintaining supervision guidelines (level 2 for new and level 4 for follow up).
  • Weekend call starts Friday at 5 pm and runs until Sunday at 5 pm.
  • New patient work up with Level 2 attending supervision is very important.
  • Lakeside attendings are aware of levels of supervision, please let me know if you have any questions.
  • Phone calls, access attending with any discharges/any questions about patients that are presented to you by Lakeside Assessment Center.
  • At the beginning of weekend, obtain hand-out , check with attending on call, and be prepared to round at Lakeside.

Le Bonheur

Le Bonheur calls will be from consult service emergencies and after hour triage.

  • Call will be divided amongst other 3 fellows and supervision will be by UTHSC faculty on the call schedule.
  • Holidays on rotation with fellow.
  • Weekend consults at Le Bonheur - we try to work with the teams to make this only emergent consults, this is Level 4 supervisio.
    Be prepared to treat weekday holiday as a regular day with new patients, and follow ups at Lakeside and be available for Le Bonheur consults.
Log in hours and notify the coordinator at (901) 448-2302 if this is reaching any duty hour violation.

Seniors – with junior input responsible for call schedule. 

Last Published: Oct 4, 2017