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Transitional Age Youth Track

The Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Track allows residents an opportunity to focus their training on working with adolescents and young adults. Residents will learn about the unique developmental tasks, social considerations, and neurobiological changes that are vital to understand caring for this population. Over the course of this 2-year track, residents will develop expertise in development, family systems, and age-specific psychopathology.

Track Components  

Clinical Training

TAY Track residents will rotate a variety of sites that serve children, adolescents, young adults, and college students. These sites include the TAY clinic at UT Southwestern Bass Clinic, Children’s Health outpatient psychiatry clinic, Children’s Health suicide prevention program, Paul Quinn College health and wellness clinic, UT Arlington counseling center, and UT Southwestern’s Student Wellness and Counseling. Residents will develop clinical skills in assessment, diagnosis, and management of eating disorders, first episode psychosis, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disorders, and adolescent substance use disorders. 

Psychotherapy 

Residents in the track will have the opportunity to work with young adults who are managing issues of transition to adulthood. Residents may also participate in the LAUNCH group at Children’s health (6-week skills-based group to help high school students transition to adulthood).

Didactics 

Track residents will participate in bimonthly meetings didactics including topics on: The transitional age brain, Addressing suicide on college campuses, college mental health developmental/learning disorders, and Minority college mental health 

Scholarly Project  

Residents will complete a scholarly project before the end of training that includes the topic of transitional age youth or college mental health.  

Mentorship

Residents will receive mentorship who will provide support in developing and working toward career goals.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

Q. When do residents join the track? 

A. Residents will apply to the track at the end of their PGY2 year and track activities will continue through the PGY3-4 years.

Q. Can residents join the track and still fast track in child and psychiatry (CAP) fellowship? 

Yes, residents who wish to pursue a CAP fellowship will need to declare their interest early, so we can ensure completion of program and track requirements.  

A. Do I have to complete child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship to complete the track?  

No, the TAY track is constructed such that residents will be prepared to work well with young adults and adolescents even if they do not pursue a fellowship. Residents will gain exposure to working with children and families during their time on the track. As such, they may be interested in pursing CAP fellowship which would be fully supported.  

Q. How can I get more information?  

Please contact the track director, Jessica Moore, M.D. (Jessica.Moore@utsouthwestern.edu).