UCR Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Receives Initial Accreditation

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program in the School of Medicine at UCR has received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), a private organization that sets standards for U.S. graduate medical education (residency and fellowship) programs and accredits based on compliance with these standards.

The program was accredited for four fellowships. A fellowship is the period, usually more than a year, during which a physician, after finishing residency, receives specialty training in a field. The first two fellows selected into the program will begin their training July 1. The two-year fellowship program will enroll two resident fellows each year.

“About one in five children between the ages of 5-17 in the United States today suffers from a mental disorder,” said Richard Lee, M.D., the director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program and an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCR. “The consequences of untreated mental health disorders in children include academic failure, interface with the juvenile justice system, and, tragically, suicide. In Riverside County, the shortage of child psychiatrists has severely limited access to this type of specialty mental health care for our youth population. Our fellowship program addresses this vital local healthcare need by bringing expert faculty child psychiatrists to practice in our community and to train the next generation of child psychiatrists for our region.”

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