July, 2014

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Dear Applicant,

We are delighted that you are considering the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry program at the Institute of Living (IOL).

Founded in 1822, IOL was one of the first mental health centers in the United States. As a member of the Ivy League Psychiatric Hospital Group, it has continued to flourish and remains at the forefront of quality research and psychiatric care. As the behavioral health component of Hartford Hospital, we have a wide, culturally-diverse catchment area that serves central Connecticut and beyond as a major referral center. We also maintain close ties, with Connecticut Children's Medical Center, the only hospital in Connecticut devoted exclusively to the care of children and adolescents.

At the IOL, you will receive outstanding training from a distinguished faculty in a stimulating academic environment. We are committed to providing an excellent psychiatric education through carefully designed clinical rotations and extensive didactics. You will have direct clinical supervision with increasing autonomy and graduated patient care responsibility over the course of training, ably assisted by a diverse, productive, and educationally-oriented faculty. There is special emphasis on the bio-psycho-social model of formulation which includes strong psychotherapy training and supervision, with an equal thrust on current pharmacologic and psychosocial interventions.

"Autumn Birch" by Leanna, Hartford
(Drawing by a Grace Webb School Student)

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 or Forensic psychiatry.

Curriculum

The first year is an eclectic mix of clinical experiences including on-site rotations in inpatient and Rapid Emergency Stabilization units, and Outpatient Clinic. The Consultation-Liaison rotation is at the Connecticut Children's Medical Center while Specialty Outpatient rotation is at the Institute of Living. Rotations in the surrounding community include duties in a day care center, public schools, group homes, in-home services, and the juvenile justice system.

The second year continues with Outpatient Clinic, in addition to Partial Hospital Program, Extended Day Treatment Program, substance abuse partial hospital program and a year-long association with the Grace Webb School, an onsite therapeutic elementary, middle, and high school. Rotations in Neurology and Genetics provide complementary views to an often shared treatment population.

Elective Rotations

You have a choice of established clinical programs, or you may design your own for the four month elective rotation in second year. Options include participation in the Eating Disorders partial hospital program, a research project, or work with Autism Spectrum Disorders, or do a rotation at a sexual abuse evaluation/treatment center, Anxiety Disorders Clinic, contributing to children’s grief counseling, among many others.

Other Opportunities

In addition, there are teaching opportunities as well. Our program also includes an outstanding forensic component that incorporates mock trials, actual trial observations, and regular interdisciplinary seminars with local forensic psychiatrists, psychologists, and attorneys.

Olin Neuropsychiatric Research Center and the Burlingame Research Center provide excellent prospects for research. We encourage you to explore our website to gain a sense of many other areas of psychiatric research available at the IOL.

You will have a flexible call schedule during the first year, with no scheduled calls in the second year. Moonlighting opportunities are available in our inpatient units and emergency room.

We invite you to visit us at the Institute of Living. Looking forward to hearing from you.


Best Regards,
Saili Kalaskar, M.D.
Chief Resident