Program Structure

The first-year consists of three blocks of clinical work, with a half-day of protected scholarly time (see diagram below). These full-time blocks include one day (Wednesdays) per week of didactics and long-term cases at Stanford and at the East Palo Alto Academy High School (EPAA HS). The overall training is generally similar to the training received by the 8 categorical Fellows at Stanford, with a major difference being the emphasis on outpatient work with underserved youth and families.

The second-year consists of several year-long clinical experiences: a 6-week experience on the locked inpatient unit at Mills hospital,  outpatient-child psychiatry at the LPCH / Stanford Clinics, one half day (Wednesdays) per week of didactics (3-4 hours per week), long-term therapy cases, pediatric neurology, and 1 ½ days of behavioral consultation and follow-up at community-based clinics (The East Palo Alto Clinic and San Mateo County Behavioral Health) and 1/2 day of community-based scholarly work, with mentorship and statistical / epidemiological support from Stanford. With regard to clinical supervision, the Fellow will receive at least two hours of individual supervision per week: one hour with a San Mateo County faculty member and one hour with a Stanford faculty member. 

As with the Categorical Fellows, 50% percent of the hours devoted to outpatient experiences will be spent face-to-face with patients, with the other 50% consisting of supervision, team meetings, and administrative time.  

CAP Community Track - Year 1
1.5 months 7.5 months 3 months
Rotation: Pediatric C/L (Psychosomatic Medicine) Service Rotation: Outpatient Consultation and Treatment; School Mental Health  Rotation: Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Crisis Program
Site: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Sites: Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital; San Mateo County Health Center; East Palo Alto Academy HS Site: Kaiser Permanente, San Jose
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
AM AM AM AM AM
Psychopharmacology Clinic School Mental Health Seminars San Mateo County Behavioral Health Scholarly Concentration
PM PM PM PM PM
Outpatient Therapy Cases
and Supervision
School Mental Health Eating Disorders
(Structured Therapies)
and Supervision
San Mateo County Behavioral Health Outpatient therapy cases

When Do I Apply?

All complete applications must be submitted by September 30th.

We strongly encourage you to submit your completed applications prior to this date, as the interviewing schedule fills quickly.

How Do I Apply?

A complete application includes the following documents:

  1. ERAS application
  2. Standard Passport Photo
  3. Personal statement
  4. Curriculum vitae (The ERAS formatted CV is sufficient)
  5. Program Director letter of recommendation with documentation of three (3) passed Clinical Skills Vignette (CSV) Examinations. Program Director's Attestation FORM
  6. Four (4) Letters of Recommendations: one (1) from Program Director or Associate Program Director, and other three (3) from faculty members who have worked with an applicant in clinical settings.
  7. Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) (formerly known as the Dean's Letter).
  8. Official medical school transcripts
  9. Official copy of your United States Medical Licensing Examination or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing scores. USMLE (http://www.usmle.org) or COMLEX (https://www.nbome.org/).

If you are enrolled in an AAMC approved medical school in the US or Canada, we will accept a copy of your school's report of your scores provided it is verified as a true copy by your Registrar and stamped with the School seal.

If you are an International Medical Graduate, a copy of your ECFMG certificate, Evaluation Status Letter from the Medical Board of California, and ECFMG and Flex/USMLE exam scores. We will not review your application without these documents.

When are Interviews held?

We will begin reviewing files as they are completed in September before the MSPE comes out. If you receive an invitation to interview, please reply as soon as possible to arrange an interview date. We will be interviewing on Mondays and Wednesdays in September, October and November.

Where can I stay when I come to interview?

One listing of area hotels with prices can be found at the following link http://www.stanford.edu/dept/visitorinfo/plan/lodging.html

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ola Golovinsky
Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Child Development
Stanford University School of Medicine
401 Quarry Road, Room 2206, Stanford, CA 94305-5719
Phone: (650) 725-0957, Fax: (650) 721-3954, E-mail: Program Manager