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What is Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (CAP)?

The child and adolescent psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in the diagnosis and the treatment of disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. A child and adolescent psychiatrist offers families the advantages of a medical education, the medical traditions of professional ethics, and medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care (AACAP).

How do I become a CAP? 

There are various pathways to become a CAP. Each track offers unique experiences based on individual interests

  • Traditional Training Programs - Residents complete five total years of training: three years of general psychiatry residency training (including internship), plus two years of child and adolescent psychiatry specialty training.
  • Integrated Training Programs - Residents complete five years of training in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry at the same time.
  • Triple Board Programs - Residents complete five years of training that combines pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child and adolescent psychiatry training in a single integrated experience.
  • Post Pediatric Portal Programs (PPPP) - Pediatricians become board-certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry after completing a three-year training experience.

Content from this page was borrowed from AACAP. Please visit their website for more information on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 


applying to CAP Fellowship

Learn more about the UC San Diego Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program here