Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV offers Southern Nevada’s only two year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited training program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Welcome from the Program Director

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship was created to combat the severe shortage of child psychiatrists in Southern Nevada. Our community-based training program focuses on training fellows to become skilled in working within community systems of care, both locally and with the skills to apply their knowledge nationally.

Numerous national studies show that 16-20% of the population of children and adolescents has some mental health disturbance and 4-7% has a significant functional impairment. There are approximately 8,300 practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists in the United States and over 15 million children and adolescents who are in need of the special expertise of a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

The field of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is enormously rewarding. In this field of medicine, you will have the opportunity to be part of early intervention and treatment of children, work closely with families, and witness children succeed. This field of medicine has become my passion and I am proud of the work that is done in our program to better the lives of children and adolescents.

Sincerely,

Lisa Durette, M.D.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director

Contact

Please contact us about questions you may have regarding your application to the program and interview.

Email:
cap.fellowship@medicine.unlv.edu

About the Program

Mission

Provide a comprehensive educational experience that facilitates the trainee’s development into independent child and adolescent psychiatrists imbued with the highest quality standards, ability to abide by the ethical principles of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), and become community leaders who will advance the care and advocacy for youth in our local community.

Program Aim

Numerous national studies and Presidential Commissions have substantiated the magnitude of emotional, behavioral and developmental disorders in the nation's children and adolescents. Consistently, 16-20% of the population of children and adolescents has some disturbance and 4-7% has a significant functional impairment. There are approximately 8,300 practicing child and adolescent psychiatrists in the US and over 15 million children and adolescents who are in need of the special expertise of a child and adolescent psychiatrist.

Given the critical shortages, AACAP aims to increase the child and adolescent psychiatry workforce. Clark County, Nevada falls into the category of Severe Shortage of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists (CAPs). The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV CAP Fellowship was created expressly to combat our local severe shortage. Our community-based training program focuses on training fellows to become skilled in working within community systems of care, both locally and with the skills to apply their knowledge nationally.

Program Highlights

  • Advanced training in the full spectrum of child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Specialized training in the diagnosis and management of youth with psychiatric illness in a wide variety of clinical settings.
  • Development of research skills to include training in academic skills such as abstract and manuscript preparation, and development of research ideas and research protocols.
  • A diverse faculty with expertise in all areas of child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Protected time for didactic conferences encompassing child and adolescent psychopathology, pharmacology, psychotherapy, research skills, and an in-depth understanding of allied resources for youth and families with psychiatric illness.
  • Excellent work and home-life balance and supportive colleagues and faculty.

Application Process

Applications to our program are conducted electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) of the Association of American Medical Colleges, 2450 N. Street, N.D., Washington, D.C. 20037, Fax: 202-828-1125.

We also offer first-year fellowship positions outside of the National Resident Matching Progam (NRMP) Fellowship Match to internal applicants.

The application process requires the following:

  • ERAS application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Medical school transcript
  • Medical School Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Personal statement
  • Photograph
  • COMLEX/USMLE transcript
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which needs to be from the applicant’s current program director

All documents must be received and reviewed before an interview is scheduled.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) is committed to and will provide equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, or political affiliation — except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or employment qualifications or where marital or veteran status are statutorily defined eligibility criteria for federal or state benefit programs.

Training Sites

System of Care Rotation

When assigned to the System of Care (SOC) rotation, the fellow practices across the state’s Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) sites in order to learn the continuum of care within our public mental health system. The rotation includes 6 months of direct patient care at Desert Willow Treatment Center, a licensed psychiatric hospital accredited by the Joint Commission that provides mental health treatment to children throughout the state. The facility consists of one acute psychiatric unit (12 beds) serving children 12-17 years of age. In addition, the facility contains three residential treatment units for youth. The fellow spends one afternoon per week engaging in telehealth to youth in rural Nevada through the DCFS clinic, and one afternoon per week with the DCFS Mobile Crisis Response Team.

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University Medical Center

Our consult-liaison rotation, to which a fellow is assigned for 6 months, is housed at University Medical Center (UMC) Children’s Hospital, the state’s only pediatric burn care and organ transplantation service, and Level II pediatric trauma center. The fellows provide consultative support to the pediatric emergency department, as well as the pediatric inpatient units.

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Healthy Minds

Healthy Minds is a community clinic providing multidisciplinary outpatient care to youth in the foster care system, as well as both outpatient and intensive outpatient care to adolescents with substance use and co-occurring disorders. Fellows manage a cohort of youth in this clinic for their two-year program.

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Grant a Gift Autism Foundation Ackerman Center

Fellows spend one day a week rotating with child neurology at the Grant a Gift Autism Foundation Ackerman Center. This clinic provides youth and families with a multidisciplinary team of physicians, psychologists, speech and behavioral therapists, for a comprehensive diagnosis, treatment plan, follow up care and support services.

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Mojave Counseling

Senior fellows rotate one day per week during their second year at Mojave Counseling, the outpatient clinic of UNLV Health. This clinic has been serving southern Nevada for over 25 years, and provides care to adults, adolescents and children having a psychiatric disability or mental illness in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary manner.

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Nevada Mental Health

Nevada Mental Health (NMH) is a community outpatient clinic serving youth and families in southern Nevada through in-person and telehealth. Fellows care for patients across both years of training in this clinic and have opportunities to also engage in the care of youth at affiliated inpatient and partial hospitalization programs managed by NMH.

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Chicanos por la Causa/Center for Community Solutions

These organizations, along with UNLV Health, have been awarded state Mental Health Block Grant funding to create and run a Pediatric Access Line (PAL). Senior fellows spend one day a week with the PAL program providing “curbside” consultation to pediatricians and other primary care clinicians state-wide. This rotation allows fellows the unique opportunity to practice integrated pediatric psychiatry.

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Fellows have protected time for both traditional “classroom” didactics and scholarly projects. In addition, fellows fulfill the role of “residents as teachers” and have opportunities to teach both medical students and general psychiatry residents. During the training program, they receive supervision from attendings at the clinical rotation sites, as well as in the community.

Our fellows take active roles in medical school committees and are encouraged to engage in medical staff committees within their rotation sites. Fellows and faculty from our program have presented research posters at both local meetings and the annual AACAP meeting. In addition, faculty and fellows have presented symposia at the annual AACAP meeting.

Meet Our Fellows

Fellowship Year One (FEL-1)

Nina Parikh, DO

General Psychiatry Residency: Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

Nina Parikh

Chad Terry, DO

General Psychiatry Residency: Detroit Wayne County Health Authority GME Consortium Program

Chad Terry

Fellowship Year Two (FEL-2)

Colin Freedman, MD

General Psychiatry Residency: Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

Colin Freedman

Chau Pham, DO

General Psychiatry Residency: Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV

Chau Pham

Meet Our Faculty

Lisa Durette, MD

Program Director

Lisa Durette
Lisa Durette, MD, graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine and completed both a general psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina. She is board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as in addiction medicine by...

Michelle A Fontenelle-Gilmer, MD

Assistant Program Director

Michelle A Fontenelle-Gilmer
Dr. Fontenelle-Gilmer has an impressive academic and professional background. She received her educational training from Harvard Medical School, Johns Hopkins University, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, and the University of Maryland. She is board certified in General Psychiatry, and the sub specialty of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. For the past 15 years Dr. Fontenelle-Gilmer has practiced in a...

Amy Ellwood

Clinical Assistant Professor

Amy Ellwood
Amy Ellwood, MSW, LCSW, BCD is Professor Emerita of Family Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, and Adjunct Professor at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. She was Director of Behavioral Science for the Family Medicine Residency Program and the AAMC Women’s Liaison Officer for UNSOM in Las Vegas for 25 years until she retired in 2015. She...

Olayinka Harding, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Olayinka Harding
Dr. Harding is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Las Vegas. She currently works as the Medical Director of Desert Willow Treatment Center and Children's services for Southern Nevada and is one of the attendings in the residential unit. She has worked in many settings including acute inpatient, outpatient, and residential treatment centers. She enjoys working with a variety of...

Timothy Jeider, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Timothy Jeider
Timothy Jeider, M.D. is a double-boarded psychiatrist with specialized training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Jeider graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, California, and then went on to General Psychiatry Residency at LSU in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. From there, he relocated to Las Vegas, where he completed his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry...

Sid Khurana, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Sid Khurana
Dr. Khurana, M.D., FAPA is Double Board Certified in Adult, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He did his Residency and Fellowship training from the University of Virginia ( UVA), where he served as the Chief Fellow. He is currently associated with the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, Department of Psychiatry as a Clinical Assistant...

Syed Quadri, MD

Assistant Professor

Syed Quadri
Syed Quadri, MD, earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Illinois Chicago. After graduating, he attended medical school at St. James School of Medicine, while earning a master’s degree in public health. Dr. Quadri continued his education at the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where he completed three years of psychiatry training and has been published in various...

Kevin Reyes, DO

Clinical Assistant Professor.

Kevin Reyes
Dr. Reyes completed his Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV. He continues to be involved in the program by providing supervision to residents and fellows. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, food, video games, and house music.

Robert Durette, PhD

Doctorate, Experimental Psychology: University of Nevada Las Vegas

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Michelle Lisoskie, MD

Assistant Professor

Michelle Lisoskie
Michelle Lisoskie, M.D. obtained a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Washington, and an M.D. from the Medical College of Pennsylvania (now Drexel University College of Medicine) in Philadelphia. She completed PGY-1 and PGY-2 in Pediatrics at North Shore University Hospital (Cornell) in Manhasset, NY, then transferred into the "triple board" residency at Mount Sinai Medical...