Post Pediatric Portal Program

The Post Pediatric Portal Program is a three-year combined training program in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry, which is approved and overseen by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Physicians who have completed a core pediatric residency are eligible to apply. Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take the board certification examinations in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Typical applicants are individuals who have recently completed their pediatric residency (within the past five years), or later career pediatricians seeking additional training/career shifts in psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry.

Graduates of Post Pediatric Portal Program have chosen to work in outpatient general psychiatry, outpatient child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation-liaison psychiatry, emergency psychiatry, and integrated mental healthcare within primary care settings.

For information on how to apply, see the "How to apply" section.


  • Amy Kim, MD, Training Director, Post Pediatric Portal Program
  • Sarah Arshad, MD, Assistant Training Director, Post Pediatric Portal Program

Sample rotation schedule

Year 1

  • Four months Child/Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Four months Adult Inpatient Psychiatry (includes geriatric psychiatry)
  • One month Addiction Psychiatry
  • One month Adult Consult/Liaison Psychiatry
  • One month Adult Emergency Psychiatry/Night float
  • One month Adult Neurology

Year 2

AM - Adult Outpatient Psychiatry/Elective
PM - General Ambulatory Psychiatry (GAP)

AM - Child Assessment Clinic/Preschool Clinic/CAP community clinic
PM - Child Outpatient Continuity Clinic

AM - GAP or Adult Subspecialty Clinic
PM - Resident Psychotherapy Practice (RPP)

AM - Adult Didactics
PM - Child Didactics/Family Therapy Training Clinics

AM - Adult Assessment Clinic
PM - Resident Psychotherapy Practice (RPP)

Year 3

  • Child/Adolescent Consult/Liaison Psychiatry
  • Child Outpatient Continuity Clinics
  • Evaluation Clinic
  • Psychopharmacology Clinic
  • Eating Disorder and Related Addiction Clinic
  • Neurodevelopmental Disorders Clinic
  • School Consultation
  • Forensics/Consultation
  • CBT Clinic
  • Integrated Care/Primary Care Consultation
  • Friday Advanced Topics Seminars
  • Research and QI projects
  • Administrative Psychiatry
  • Adult Outpatient Psychotherapy Practice (1/2 day/week for one year)

Post Pediatric Portal Program fellows

First year

Stephanie L. Brennan, MD

Pediatric Residency: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at Lubbock
Education: University of Nebraska College of Medicine

Jeylan Close, MD

Pediatric Residency: University of Michigan
Education: University of Texas Medical School at San Antonio

Second year

Gwendolyn Messer, MD

Pediatric Residency: Emory University Program
Education: Emory University School of Medicine

Third year

Marko Mircetic, MD

Pediatric residency: Baylor College of Medicine Program
Education: John Hopkins University School of Medicine

Sheila Upadhyay, MD

Pediatric residency: Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine Program
Education: St. George’s University School of Medicine

How to apply to the Pediatric Portal Program

Our typical applicants are individuals who have recently completed their pediatric residency (within the past five years), or later career pediatricians seeking additional training/career shifts in psychiatry and CAP.

As part of the Post Pediatric Portal Program, one month of pediatric neurology training is required by the ABPN. We strongly recommended that the one month of pediatric neurology be completed in pediatric residency whenever possible.

To apply for the Post Pediatric Portal Program, please submit the following:

  • Fellowship Application
  • Personal statement describing yourself and outlining your reasons for pursuing a career in child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Three letters of recommendation from physicians, preferably under whom you have served or trained
  • Copies of USMLE 1, 2, and 3 scores

Letters/applications should be addressed to:
Amy Kim, MD, Program Director
Post Pediatric Portal Program
C/o Mikki Pham, CAP and PPP Fellowship Program Coordinator
2716 South Street
8th Floor,  #8121
Philadelphia, PA 19146

Completed applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. For additional information, please call 267-290-3124 to speak with Sarah Arshad, MD, or email her at

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.