July, 2012

We hope you enjoy these photos of our residents enjoying some 'down time'.
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Dear Prospective Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in our program. We are pleased that you are interested in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as a career option, and that you are taking the time to explore our website. We hope to pique your interest and to show you why we feel we have one of the best programs around.

The Institute of Living (IOL) was founded in 1822 and was one of the first mental health centers in the United States. Over time, as a member of the Ivy League Psychiatric Hospital Group, the IOL has continued to flourish and remains at the forefront of quality research and psychiatric care. As the behavioral health component of Hartford Hospital (the largest hospital in the state), we have a wide, culturally-diverse catchment area that serves central Connecticut and beyond as a major referral center. We also maintain close ties, both geographically and professionally, with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, the only freestanding independent hospital in Connecticut devoted exclusively to the care of children and adolescents.

"Autumn Birch" by Leanna, Hartford
(Drawing by a Grace Webb School Student)
Our program offers trainees the opportunity to receive outstanding training from distinguished faculty in a stimulating academic environment. Our department is devoted to providing an excellent psychiatric education for the fellows. Carefully designed clinical rotations and extensive didactics combine to provide a broad and thorough education.

Clinical experiences take place in nearly every setting including on-site rotations in the Child Psychiatric inpatient unit, the Adolescent Psychiatric inpatient unit, the Child and Adolescent Rapid Emergency Stabilization unit, the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic, the Child and Adolescent Partial Hospital Programs, the Extended Day Treatment Program, Consultation-Liaison and Emergency Psychiatry at the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, and at the Grace Webb School, an onsite therapeutic elementary, middle, and high school. Additional rotations occur in the surrounding community: a substance abuse partial hospital program, in-home services, public schools, group homes, and the juvenile justice system. Rotations in Neurology and Genetics provide complementary views to an often shared treatment population.

Elective work during your second year can occur in one of the established clinical programs, or you may design a unique experience. Possibilities have included participation in the Eating Disorders partial hospital program, a research project, work in a variety of settings for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, rotation at a sexual abuse evaluation/treatment center, involvement at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, contributing to children’s grief counseling, among many others.

In addition to these learning experiences, there are opportunities for teaching medical students, Adult Psychiatry residents, Pediatric residents and community mental health providers during your clinical rotations. Our program also contains an outstanding forensic component that includes mock trials, actual trial observations, and regular interdisciplinary seminars with local forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, and attorneys.

Although research is not a formal component of the curriculum, for those with an interest, there are numerous prospects for engaging in meaningful psychiatric research. One such opportunity would be through The Olin Neuropsychiatric Research Center. The Olin Neuropsychiatric Research Center at the IOL was founded in 2001 and is at the forefront of psychiatric research. The Center is supported by grants from the NIMH totaling several million dollars. The Olin Center has functional, structural, and spectroscopic Magnetic Resonance Imaging on site. We encourage you to explore the website to gain a sense of the many other areas of psychiatric research available at the IOL.

Fellows are provided with direct clinical supervision with increasing autonomy and graduated patient care responsibility over the course of training. They are assisted in this by a diverse, productive, and educationally-oriented faculty who welcome their teaching responsibilities and personal interactions with fellows. There is an emphasis on the bio-psycho-social model of formulation which includes strong psychotherapy training and supervision, with an equal emphasis on current pharmacologic and psychosocial interventions. Faculty and fellows work together to create a friendly atmosphere utilizing the multidisciplinary team approach. Trainees are encouraged to develop their own special interests by tailoring elective experiences in their second year of training. Our graduates go on to a variety of positions ranging from continued work here at the IOL, private practice, community hospitals, and fellowships in Consultation-Liaison and Forensics.

Resident lifestyle is supported with a flexible call schedule during the first year and no scheduled calls in the second year. Moonlighting opportunities are available in our inpatient units and emergency room. Our fellows appreciate the many suburban communities surrounding Hartford, CT while still being within driving distance to Boston and New York.

We invite you to come visit us at the Institute of Living. We look forward to hearing from you and welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have.

Best regards,
Erin Cordero, M.D. and Andres Ramos, M.D.
Co-Chief Residents