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Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Kaweah Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is an ACGME Accredited Fellowship Program. Most clinical experiences will be in the Central Valley rural communities and rural settings.

Our training sites were carefully selected by Cory Daniel Jaques, MD, our Fellowship Program Director to provide a wide range of clinical experiences and psychopathology with an emphasis on providing care in rural communities. An example of key sites are: Kaweah Health Rural Outpatient Clinic, Lindsay and Dinuba; Valley Children's Hospital, Madera; Tulare Youth Services Bureau, Tulare. Click here for a full list of training locations.

Mission Statement

The Kaweah Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program promotes clinical excellence, compassionate care, and service to the community. Our mission is to train child and adolescent psychiatrists that will positively impact the health of youth and their families in the Central Valley. Our training program strives to address mental health disparities and to reduce inequities in health care and serves a diverse patient population. Our fellows will be capable of practicing in a variety of settings, with an emphasis on caring for the underserved and in rural communities. We believe in the ethical practice of medicine. Clinical and educational experiences will highlight professional responsibilities and an adherence to ethical principles. We are committed to being an anti-racist program, by working with Kaweah Health Graduate Medical Education to eliminate structural racism throughout our organization and by continuously improving our training and curriculum to reflect diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion.

Program Aims

  • To produce excellent, independent child and adolescent psychiatrists who can practice evidence-based psychiatry in outpatient, inpatient, residential and integrated primary care settings.

  • To train the next generation of child and adolescent psychiatrists to impact the care of children, adolescents and their families on a public health scale by serving as consultants to other health care professionals, to the juvenile justice system, to the school system, and to the community.

  • To serve the behavioral health diagnostic and treatment needs of children and adolescents and their families in the Central Valley regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.

  • To foster the development of individualized clinical, research, and educational interests within the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.

GME Adolescent & Child Psychiatry Fellowship

Kaweah Health and the Tulare County Health & Human Services Agency have partnered to bring the first 24-hour crisis center for children and adolescents in Tulare County: the Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU). Children up to the age of 18 will receive compassionate and adequate mental health services, regardless of the patient's health insurance status. The opening date and permanent location for the CSU has yet to be decided, but we’re looking for a temporary location in downtown Visalia. The CSU will have healthcare staff at all times ready to provide mental health support to our youth.

The CSU will help reduce wait time for visits, bring more child psychiatrists to the Central Valley, and provide world-class training to child psychiatrists at Kaweah Health through our Graduate Medical Education program - which now has a Child and Adolescent Fellowship Training Program.