Because more children and families deserve care close to home

We are delighted to announce that in partnership with the State of North Carolina Health and Human Services and the Neuroimmune Foundation, the Stanford Immune Behavioral Health Program is helping develop educational programming and training clinicians to expand access to PANS/PANDAS care in North Carolina. 

There is a large physician shortage in this area and with support of this grant, we aim to train clinicians who intend to be dedicated to the field of immuno-psychiatry and have interest in gaining specialized expertise in clinical care of children/adolescents with Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome(PANS/PANDAS), Sydenham’s Chorea, post-infectious/autoimmune psychiatric disorders, and associated autoimmune conditions including arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, psoriasis, lupus, etc.

Upon completion of this clinical experience, the expectation is that the candidate will have the expertise to further disseminate evidence-based practices in PANS/PANDAS to new academic and community medical settings in the State of North Carolina.

The Plan

The goal of this position is to provide comprehensive training and mentorship focused on the development of advanced clinical skills in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of this complex patient population. Teachings will be inclusive of:

  • specialized diagnostic tests and instruments, physical, neurological, rheumatological, and dermatological examinations.
  • workups of differential diagnoses of all inflammatory brain conditions, systemic inflammatory conditions associated with psychiatric symptoms, rare and common infectious diseases known to trigger inflammatory disease, immunodeficiency syndromes, and immunogenetic conditions.
  • administration of commonly used anti-inflammatories, immunomodulation, psychotropics, and behavioral interventions. 
  • Longitudinal care management strategies; transition from pediatric to adult care


Who should apply?

Successful candidates should have an MD or equivalent degree with board eligibility or board certification in Psychiatry, Rheumatology, Pediatrics, Immunology, Neurology, or other related discipline.

Learners must be willing to travel to and spend at least two weeks, over two years, observing in clinic in Palo Alto, CA.

Interested in Learning More?

Read or apply to the original job requisition here.

Please note since the original inception of this idea, we are now offering a long-distance, hybrid training option as an infrequent visiting observer in clinic with ongoing bi-weekly teaching didactics from clinicians within our Stanford IBH Program and other leaders in the field. We will also have ongoing case discussions using your real-life experiences in clinic.

For further questions related to the funding, logistics, training offerings,  or anything not covered here, reach out to Stanford IBH/PANS Program Manager Jackie Horgan