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From Student to Mentor: Making a Difference in the Lives of LGBT Teen
In this Mentorship Matters column, Jason Lambrese tells us how mentorship he received through the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation (KTGF) Medical Student Training Program at Brown University has helped him develop his area of medical interest working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender youth.

Making the Switch
This article comes from Anita Chu, who as a fourth year medical student at Brown Medical School attended the 2007 Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. Those few days changed her career path

Story Time Project
This John E. Schowalter Resident Member Column comes to us from two medical students who have used their participation in the Klingenstein Third Generation Mentorship Program to start a reading program for psychiatrically hospitalized children.

Choosing Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as a Career: the Top Ten Questions
If you are a medical student or general psychiatry resident considering subspecialty training in child and adolescent psychiatry ("CAP"), you probably have lots of questions. This article will answer the questions that have been most commonly asked each year by students and residents at the University of Illinois. Please contact the training director at your institution if you need more information.

Profile of a Teacher
In training, as residents and fellows dash from rotation to rotation, clinic to on-call shift, emergency room to inpatient unit, juggling new and often dizzying responsibilities and challenges all the while, many details in our environment tend to escape notice. V. Rachel Phillips, M.D. answers questions about her course, her interest in teaching and her experiences as a volunteer clinical faculty member.

Molecular Genetic Studies of Childhood Onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders, or What's a Child Psychiatrist Doing in a Place Like This?
Sometimes being a molecular geneticist studying childhood onset neuropsychiatric disorders seems like being the proverbial stranger in a strange land. It was either be a child psychoanalyst or a molecular geneticist and the training for the latter was shorter. Seriously, child and adolescent psychiatry is an interesting field where the level of family and community cannot be ignored while studying molecular genetic contributions to childhood psychopathology.

Good News About Child Psychiatry & the Job Market!
Can child and adolescent psychiatry become a leading medical specialty with the highest remuneration and the most prestige? Maybe someday, although the two should not necessarily be correlated.

My Journey as a Clinical Scientist
I came late to research, having hopped around more than a little between molecular biology, epidemiology and family medicine before becoming an academic child and adolescent psychiatrist. My friends and family wondered if I'd ever settle down, but the path I took turned out to have broad application to a career as a clinical scientist in a field where these are exactly the skills that are driving progress in the care of youth with mental illness.

Pediatric Psychiatrists in Children's Hospital
Consultation liaison psychiatry, or pediatric psychiatry, as it is more commonly known, involves child and adolescent psychiatrists' diagnostic and treatment work at the interface of psychiatry and pediatrics. Usually based in children's hospitals or general hospitals with a large pediatric service, the pediatric psychiatrist provides consultation to pediatricians, ambulatory pediatricians, pediatric specialists, and pediatric surgeons regarding a broad range of issues.

Practical Clinical Trials: from Medicine to Psychiatry
Over the past several decades, clinicians have recognized a pressing need to understand the impact of widely practiced treatments on the major outcomes for common illnesses, like heart attack, stroke, and cancer. This recognition has given rise to large and sophisticated cardiology and oncology research networks devoted to conducting practical clinical trials (PCTs) to investigate these treatment effects. Although, the practical clinical trials model is now being adopted by psychiatry, challenges remain before PCTs can fulfill their promise to have a positive public health impact on the care of mentally ill children, adolescents, and adults.

Ten-Year Initiative for Recruitment of Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists
In a survey of psychiatrists by the APA as recently as 1996, 50% indicated that they spent the majority of their time in solo or group private practice. Another 30% said that they spent at least some time seeing patients on a private, fee-for-service basis. So why is private practice so appealing to so many?

Interactive video conferencing has been used in American medicine for over 40 years. There have been marked improvements in technology leading to enhanced resolution of the video image and real time visual and audio transmission. These have also led to greater ease of use and marked reduction in the cost of both technology and conference time. As systems have become more available and less expensive, many medical applications have developed, including telepsychiatry.