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Welcome to the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Maine Medical Center (MMC) and Spring Harbor Hospital! Our two-year fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for six positions. Outpatient and consultative services are located primarily at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at MMC, Maine’s premier referral and training hospital with 109 beds, including PICU, NICU, and Continuing Care Nursery beds. Inpatient rotations take place at Spring Harbor Hospital, a private, 100-bed psychiatric hospital which offers psychiatric treatment, physician training, and medical research opportunities through a unique collaboration with MMC. Spring Harbor Hospital dedicates 40 beds to child and adolescent programs and is the home of The Developmental Disorders Program, the only hospital program in Maine where children with developmental disorders can receive intensive treatment. Both MMC and Spring Harbor Hospital serve a wide geographic area, providing care to a socioeconomically and culturally diverse patient population.
We take pride in graduating outstanding child and adolescent psychiatrists who remain attuned to the familial, cultural, and social systems involved in child and adolescent mental health. In addition to training in psychopharmacology, we emphasize the value of psychotherapy through case-based learning, didactics, and supervision. Fellows participate in a two year family therapy seminar while also advancing their skills in multiple other therapy modalities, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and play therapy. We teach collaborative care models of consultation to inpatient pediatricians, primary care physicians, school providers, and juvenile justice workers. Our program provides exposure to many treatment settings and modalities of treatment, yet is flexible enough to allow fellows to develop their own professional interests, whether in clinical care, education, advocacy, or research.
We have a diverse and dedicated teaching faculty including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and skilled supervisors from the community. Ongoing departmental research on the genetics of mental health, developmental disabilities, early childhood trauma and early psychosis continues to be recognized in academic publications, conferences and in the media. We strongly support our trainees’ involvement in quality improvement projects and research within our department and throughout MMC and Spring Harbor Hospital. Additionally, we encourage fellows to participate in the many opportunities available to teach medical students, adult psychiatry residents, and pediatric residents.
The greater Portland area is a wonderful place to live and work. The Maine coast and Lakes Region are beautiful and accessible venues for boating, fishing and surfing. The nearby White Mountains are ideal for hiking, biking and skiing. Regional public schools are excellent, and Maine is a safe, supportive environment for families. Portland is a vibrant, youthful center for arts, music and of course excellent food.
The MMC Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship, in the tradition of the Portland community, nurtures personal development along with professional excellence. We look forward to showing you what we have to offer.
Erin L. Belfort, MD
Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Maine Medical Center