Program Director

Christopher K. Varley, MD  

Program Overview

Seattle Children's has an international reputation for excellence in clinical care, research and teaching, and serves as the primary tertiary facility for pediatric care in the Pacific Northwest. Fellows in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry have a unique opportunity to work with the largest provider of mental health services for children in the region; patients are referred from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. The Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry has a commitment to provide services for and conduct research in populations of underserved, severely ill children and adolescents treated in the public sector. Our fellowship has a long-standing reputation and was first offered in 1962.

The first year includes two three-month rotations training on the Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit, three months on the Consult/Liaison Service at Seattle Children's, three months at Child Study and Treatment Center, the state's long-term psychiatric hospital for children and adolescents, and one day per week for the full year at the Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic at Children's.

During the second year, fellows continue their outpatient care clinic work, with an emphasis on long-term care at Children's, and also complete a required rotation consulting to the pediatric neurology service. Fellows also have training at Echo Glen Children's Center and provide one day per month consultation to one or more of eight Seattle school health clinics. Fellows choose from several community consultation electives. There is considerable elective time in the second year to focus on individual areas of interest.

There are multiple opportunities for fellows to participate in research, including major research programs in depression, early onset psychotic disorders, bipolar disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome and autism.

Board certification eligibility upon fellowship completion: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Length of fellowship: 2 years

Number of fellowships available: 5

Application Requirements

  • Prerequisites/post-medical school requirements: Three years of general psychiatry residency
  • Application deadline: Nov. 15
  • Interview start and end dates: July 1 and Nov. 30
  • Match date: January (date varies each year)
  • Other important dates: Rank order list closes in December (date varies each year)
  • For applications forms, call our office

For More Information

Shirin Salzer, Program Coordinator
Seattle Children's Hospital
4800 Sand Point Way NE, M/S W3636
Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: 206-987-3268
Fax: 206-987-2246