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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

2 Fellowship Positions
4 Core Faculty + Volunteer Faculty
ACGME-accredited 2-Year Fellowship

Our Child and Adolescent psychiatry 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.

Program FAQs


Application Process

Positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). All applications must be submitted through ERAS.

  • ERAS Application

  • Photograph (required)

  • Personal Statement

  • Transcript

  • Dean's Letter

  • USMLE or COMLEX Scores

  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

ERAS 2018 Fellowship Application Key Dates

Candidates must have graduated from a medical school recognized by the State of California within the last three years.  If not, you must have worked in a clinical setting for at least 2 years in the last 5 years.  A year in a clinical setting in the United States of America is required.

All residents must pass a criminal background check before they are allowed to start work at UTHSC.

All candidates must have completed 3 - 4 years of Adult Psychiatry. 

International Medicine Graduate Requirements

Candidates with a passing score on the first attempt on USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CK, Step 2 CS, and Step 3 have priority in our selection process.   We do not have a specific score requirement.  You must have your score and a valid ECFMG certificate.

Type of Visa Offered: J1 visa only.  Please do not submit an application to our program if you require a H visa.

Meet Our Coordinator

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Saundra Pirtle, MPS
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Coordinator  

Born in Memphis, but raised all over the world due to her parents being in two different branches of the military. Saundra received her Bachelors of Business Administration with a major in Accounting and a Masters of Professional Studies with a concentration in Human Resource Leadership from the University of Memphis. She enjoys traveling, reading, and running her small business. She joined the College of Graduate Medical Education where she manages three fellowship programs: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Pediatric Gastroenterology, and Pediatric Urology.

Why Memphis?

riverboat on the Mississippi RiverMemphis is a city like no other. Nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River, Memphis is where starving actor Danny Thomas built a children’s hospital (St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has helped increase the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80%); Fred Smith started a small delivery service (FedEx now generates $60 billion dollars a year); the King of Rock ‘n Roll chose to live (Elvis’ Graceland sees 600,000+ visitors each year); and where you’ll find USA Today’s most iconic street (Beale Street has attracted fans from all over the world since the 1860s).  And, we were recently named one of the Best Places to Go in 2019 by Frommer's.

More city points of pride:

Memphis has been the inspiration for over 1,000 songs. We’re pretty proud of our town and think once you experience Memphis, you will be, too.

Last Published: Dec 13, 2018