Ayame Takahashi, MD

Ayame Takahashi, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry & Director, Child Psychiatry Fellowship Program

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Child Fellowship Program

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program at SIU School of Medicine is an ACGME accredited two-year training program. There is a shortage of child psychiatrists throughout the country and especially in rural areas. The mission of the School has always been to educate medical professionals to provide care to the population in central and southern Illinois. The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program will prepare child psychiatrists who are familiar with rural populations and comfortable working in a community setting.

We provide eclectic, well-rounded clinical experiences and didactics. This is a growing program that emphasizes personalized attention from the faculty. This is an ideal environment for those applicants looking to build an academic or teaching career. SIU School of Medicine is nationally known for its innovations in medical education and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows will have multiple opportunities to participate in teaching and mentoring medical students and general psychiatry residents. There are opportunities to present with faculty at local and national meetings as well as to join research protocols.

Some unique aspects of this program include a daycare and regular public school child observation rotation that allows Fellows to gain a solid grounding in the range of normal child development and behaviors. The telepsychiatry rotation will not only expose the Fellow to new technologies available for treating patients in remote areas, but is also an area ripe for further development for those Fellows interested. The Developmental Disabilities rotation takes place at The Hope Institute for Children and Families. Fellows will be exposed to children with varying developmental syndromes and will learn about diagnostic work up and longer term treatment for these children.

Fellows will gain solid grounding in the "bread and butter" of child psychiatry in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Not only will Fellows do new evaluations in inpatient and several outpatient settings, they will also have the opportunity to follow a core of patients for medication management and psychotherapy through their two year course of training. Through all of these experiences, one to one supervision and mentoring will be provided. Fellows will find faculty members are very accessible, supportive, and eager to nurture them in their chosen path.

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