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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Educational objectives:

1.To learn about the manifestations of common psychiatric disorders in children.

2. To learn about standard treatments including medications and therapy.

3. Become comfortable using different techniques to build rapport with youth.

4. Become familiar with the different roles of various mental health care providers.

Responsible faculty: Lindsay Tobler, MD

Administrative contact: Kelsey Bair (, (816) 760-5903

Contact person: April Gerry, BS (, (816) 234-1367

Elective duration: One month/4 weeks

Format: Shadowing MD and seeing consults on the in-patient unit.

Prerequisites: Completion of Core Pediatric Clerkship.

Description: This rotation is in the Division of Development and Behavioral Sciences. We treat a variety of patients, including individuals with autism, ADHD, anxiety, eating disorders and Tourette’s Disorder, as well as children who present with complicated medical conditions. Students may also see inpatients on the pediatric units of Children's Mercy Kansas City as part of a consultation/liaison experience. This rotation will take place at the Children’s Mercy Main Campus and/or Children’s Mercy Kansas.

Calls: No

Criteria for passing: Appropriate participation in discussion of cases and issues; appropriate behavior with children; and ability to conduct a basic interview with children.

Criteria for honors:

  1. Higher degree of working knowledge of psychopharmacology and behavioral strategies. 

  2. Ability to conduct an interview of a child with relevant information for complete psychiatric evaluation.