The UAB Department of Psychiatry would like to thank Children’s of Alabama for their generous gift to establish our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry training library. These funds will allow us to provide the best materials and most current teaching resources for our Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residents, in turn making their training experience even more valuable. The library, located adjacent to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency office, will include essential books, subscriptions and teaching tapes for the education of the modern child and adolescent psychiatrist.
The UAB Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was established in response to the recognized shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists in the region. Accreditation was received from the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 1994. The first residency class matriculated in 1995, graduating in 1997. Since these early years the faculty has grown to 8 child and adolescent psychiatrists and three psychologists with plans for significant growth in the near future. In addition to their teaching and supervision responsibilities, the faculty and residents provide a full spectrum of outpatient, inpatient, day treatment and consultative services at UAB and Children’s of Alabama.
Since 1997 the program has graduated 28 additional child and adolescent psychiatrists, with three more graduating this June, most of who have remained in the Southeast. A significant number of these graduates have entered public psychiatry and academic positions. In 2011 the ACGME approved expansion of the residency from 6 to 8 total residents based on recognition of the program’s ability to provide the breadth of training experiences required. While a national and regional shortage of child and adolescent psychiatrists continues, the UAB Residency in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has contributed significantly to improving the availability of child and adolescent psychiatric care to the children and adolescents of Alabama. Thanks to the generosity of Children’s of Alabama, the new Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Training Library will provide abundant resources towards the education of the next generation of child and adolescent psychiatrists serving our state’s youth.