Albany, New York
Sep 16, 2023
Position Type




Division Head, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP), with opportunity to also hold the position of CAP Fellowship Program Director and Medical Director of the Child Psychiatry Inpatient and Crisis Stabilization Units, Albany Medical Center Department of Psychiatry or recruit to fill these additional roles

Academic Rank:

Associate Professor or above – Albany Medical College

Reports to:

Chair of Psychiatry (Division Head, Medical Director) and the Vice Chair for Education (Fellowship)

Position Description:

The Division Head will lead the Department of Psychiatry’s child program and will work with the Department Chair to shape the configuration of service and consultation pathways for children, adolescents, and their families within Albany Medical Health System, which includes an inpatient unit now under development at AMCH, plans for crisis stabilization and/or day treatment space, oversight of faculty child psychiatrists and psychologists and other practitioners on the department’s child psychiatry team, including developing options for expansion of child outpatient services in both the faculty practice and training clinic. 

The Division Head will additionally serve (or supervise a recruitment) as the CAP Fellowship Program Director and Director of the Child Inpatient and Crisis Stabilization Units and will spearhead innovative contributions to the provision of child mental health care in the Capital Region, joining with community partners, and other regional and state initiatives, including Project Teach. The Division Head will work with both the Department Chair and the Chair of Pediatrics to implement, revise, and participate in collaborative partnerships and integrative care models within the AMC Department of Pediatrics including the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, as well as the inpatient, emergency and outpatient settings.

Preferred qualifications (required at time of application):

  • Strong clinical background with demonstrated professional achievements in child psychiatry
  • Previous experience in clinical and/or academic leadership, administration, and medical education, particularly graduate medical education
  • Experience conducting and presenting original research
  • Medical degree from an accredited medical school and completion of an approved psychiatric residency and CAP fellowship
  • Current DEA registration
  • Board certification in both general adult and child and adolescent psychiatry, unrestricted eligibility for medical licensure in New York state
  • Excellent knowledge of child psychiatric illnesses and treatment
  • Experience with crisis assessment/intervention tools and techniques
  • Strong working knowledge of general psychiatric principles and practices
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Proficiency with an electronic health record system
  • Personal motivation and self-direction to function independently and within multidisciplinary teams necessary to achieve the goals and vision of the position

Role and Expectations

Division Head:

  • Supervision of CAP faculty and staff
  • Program development and recruitment
  • Attendance at departmental and health system meetings as designated by the Department Chair
  • Oversight (with the Vice Chair for Education) of the CAP Fellowship Program
  • Oversight of the Child Inpatient Unit and the Child Consult Service
  • Participation in clinical care and supervision of clinical care
  • Development and oversight of education in child psychiatry (with the Vice chair for Education) in the CAP Fellowship Program, the AMC Psychiatry Clerkship and in the General Adult Residency Program
  • Participation in teaching and supervision of fellows and residents

Medical Director, Child Inpatient and Crisis Stabilization Units:

  • Serve in this role or supervise and recruit the Medical Director
  • Supervise faculty and resident physicians, clinical psychologists, mid-level practitioners, medical students, and other staff/team members on the Child Inpatient and Crisis Stabilization Units
  • Participate in and direct staff and program development, team meetings, and quality improvement initiatives
  • Establish linkages with community referral entities and academic and clinical departments within Albany Medical Health System, with the goal of improving and expanding the scope of the unit’s multidisciplinary services, care delivery, and successful disposition planning
  • Establish positive relationships with the local medical community
  • With the Nursing Supervisor, participate in preparing reports for the Medical Staff Executive Committee, Division Head, and/or Department Chair, including quality assurance activities/reports as necessary
  • Assess and screen patients for admission, conduct/perform psychiatric evaluations, including interviews, medical histories, physical exams, observations, utilize psychological testing and other measures and provide direct and indirect supervision of these clinical activities when conducted by residents and fellows
  • Analyze data, provide diagnoses, develop and oversee multidisciplinary treatment plans, and make adjustments as needed
  • Prescribe, administer, and direct diagnosis-specific pharmacotherapy, neuromodulation, and psychotherapies when indicated and monitor patients to determine efficacy and potential side effects of treatments and provide direct and indirect supervision of these clinical activities when conducted by residents and fellows
  • Complete all necessary clinical documentation in an accurate and timely manner
  • Participate in afterhours coverage of the unit as necessary, in conjunction with trainees in the CAP Fellowship and Adult Residency Programs

Program Director, CAP Fellowship:

  • Serve in this role or supervise and recruit the Director
  • Administrative oversight of the program including all rotations, placements, supervision, patient care assignments, and educational activities for all fellows
  • Attend monthly GME meetings and other scheduled GME activities
  • Regular evaluation of fellows, faculty, and the program, including participation in AMC’s GME Annual Program Evaluation peer review process
  • Recruitment, selection, promotion, and disciplinary interventions including remediation and dismissal in compliance with AMC’s GMEC guidelines
  • Monitoring of fellows’ duty hours, competence, and compliance with all regulations and standards and in accordance with the ACGME milestones for child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Monitor and improve the fellows’ work environments when necessary
  • With the support of the fellowship coordinator, manage all letters of agreement with affiliate sites, including sustaining adequate quality within these sites and develop goals and objects for all educational and clinical activities
  • Ensure continued program accreditation and compliance with all institutional, NYS and ACGME requirements
  • Provision of clinical services and participation in direct or indirect supervision of fellows in all settings as needed

Interested candidates may forward CVs and cover letters to:

Physician Relations, Albany Med Faculty Physicians,



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