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Academics / Courses Conducted

The department offers a 3 –year Doctor of Medicine (DM) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and a 1-year Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF) in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. The eligibility for these courses is a qualification of MD/DNB in Psychiatry. Admission is through an entrance examination conducted by NIMHANS once in a year. Apart from these courses, the department offers training for postgraduate trainees from Psychiatry, Social Work, Psychology, Neurology, Pediatrics etc for periods ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship programme (PDF) in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry was started in the year 2008. Doctor of Medicine (DM) course in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was started in the year 2011. This is the first super-speciality course in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the country. Selection for DM and PDF courses is done based on NIMHANS online entrance exam.DM and PDF trainees work as Senior Residents in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on a full-time basis. The training includes out-patient and in-patient case evaluation and management, supervision of junior residents, chairing topic discussions and journal clubs, posting in Pediatric Neurology, Speech Pathology, Rehabilitation, Behaviour Therapy, Addiction Medicine, Family Therapy, Child Protective Services(CPS) etc.


The training of the Psychiatry residents from NIMHANS involves them being posted for a duration of three to four months. The departments of clinical psychology, psychiatric social work and nursing routinely send their trainees for a varied duration of posting lasting two to three months. The Department of CAP also offers training to several MD/DPM/DNB residents in Psychiatry and also Pediatrics from Institutions all over India. They stay as observers with us for a duration ranging from 2 weeks to 3 months. Apart from these, consultants (Psychiatry/Pediatrics) from outside NIMHANS (both Govt. and Pvt. Sectors) hone their skills in child and adolescent mental health at NIMHANS. Several international trainees and consultants, especially from South Asia, avail the opportunity to observe and train with us in child and adolescent mental health.