Child and Adolescent Fellowship

Mission Statement

The mission of the UAMS Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship is to train exceptional child and adolescent psychiatrists who are board certified in this specialty and are ready to enter practice both independently and in academic settings immediately after graduation.
Our program’s mission aligns with the UAMS mission to improve the health, health care and well-being of Arkansans and of others in the region, nation and the world by educating current and future health professionals and the public, by providing high quality patient and family-centered health care, and by advancing knowledge in human health and disease and translating and accelerating discoveries into health improvements.

We welcome your interest in the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences!

Through our ACGME-approved, two-year training program, our goal is to produce excellent, educated, well-trained, professional physicians. Our program accepts three fellows per year. We support the development of each fellow through providing a solid clinical foundation and opportunities in academic teaching, research, and administration.

The training program is affiliated with Arkansas Children’s Hospital (ACH), the Psychiatric Research Institute (PRI) at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), Arkansas State Hospital (ASH), and STRIVE, a school-based program in the North Little Rock School District. The Psychiatric Research Institute, one of only nine such institutes in the country, is a five-story, 100,000 square-foot space that houses clinical, administrative, research, and educational activities.

The program’s most basic goal is to help the fellow achieve clinical competence in child and adolescent psychiatry. This is carried out under conditions that range from high supervision/low autonomy in the first year to increasing autonomy and less supervision in the second year.

We have excellent clinical faculty who have been favorites among medical students. Our department recruits medical students into psychiatry at a rate much higher than the national average, and there is an emphasis on teaching in our fellowship that promotes an academic atmosphere that is collegial, supportive, and encourages the growth of each individual physician.

Note for U.S. Visa Applicants

Our program sponsors both H1 and J1 visas for fellowship trainees.

For further information, contact: 

Nihit Kumar, MD
UAMS Department of Psychiatry
Associate Professor and Fellowship Program Director

Berva Bentley
Fellowship Program Coordinator

Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Clark Center for Safe and Healthy Children

Child Study Center
1210 Wolfe Street, Slot 654
Little Rock, AR 72202
501.364.1992 – Telephone