​A Special Opportunity to Shape Your Own Program

The CMU Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program is new. It received its initial accreditation from ACGME, and will have its first class of fellows starting July 1, 2019. It has been approved for 6 positions, three spaces in each of the two years required for a fellow to earn board eligibility. As a work in progress, our program presents an unusual opportunity for fellows themselves to shape the program. Although we have thought long and hard about how best to train fellows by taking advantage of local talent and resources, we have no doubt that you will shape the final products. Many aspects of the program that we describe here are subject to modification where desirable, and fellows will be largely responsible for suggesting the improvements.

Future Opportunities

Although this program is young, it is not quite born yet - it can boast not only a growing and distinguished faculty, but numerous resources at our disposal. In our immediate vicinity we have two major general hospitals, one of which is a major referral center for neurosurgical conditions; there is a freestanding psychiatric hospital within a modern facility that includes adult and child/adolescent psychiatric units, an addiction unit, and long-term medical care units; there is a Veteran's Administration Medical Center; the Field Neuroscience Institute conducts basic research on psychiatric and neurological conditions; and a large and progressive community mental health center is a two-minute drive from the departmental offices. Within 40 minute radius are other community mental health centers, a state psychiatric hospital, and large psychiatric and medical delivery systems in Flint, Michigan. On the Mount Pleasant campus, the psychology department has active clinical training and service programs that are eager to collaborate and a community mental health center with outstanding psychiatric staff.

There is not much here we cannot get for you if you need it and, positions for faculty will likely be open to you when you graduate from the program.

Whom Do We Want?

We seek enthusiastic seekers who will make important contributions to our field. We will select for the most promising talent available, as these individuals will help us to develop a rigorous and innovative program and they will be the "proof of concept" that we have succeeded in our educational objectives. Those who share aspects of our mission, which includes the expansion of faculty and services in Northern Michigan, are especially encouraged to apply, but others, who intend to make their special contributions to the field in other places and in other ways, will also find that our program will supply an outstanding training for whatever their personal mission in psychiatry may be.

Contact Information:

Danielle ChildsDanielle Childs
Residency Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7611
Email: childfellowship@cmich.edu

Application Process:

To apply for our ACGME residency programs, you must submit an application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). For more information on how to apply via ERAS, contact your medical school dean of student affairs, or visit the ERAS web site to review application procedures.

To apply for our CPME residency program, you must submit an application through the Centralized Application Service for Podiatric Residencies (CASPR).  For more information on how to apply via CASPR, contact your medical school dean of student affairs, or visit the CASPR web site to review application procedures.

Applications to our ACGME residency programs should include:

  • ERAS common application form with personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcripts (MD) OR
  • COMLEX transcripts (DO)
  • ECFMG certificate (for international medical graduates only)

Applications to our CPME residency programs should include:

  • CASPR common application form with personal statement
  • Podiatric medical school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • APMLE transcripts

Application Process:

Eligibility requirements for ACGME programs:

Requirements for international medical students:
  • Graduates of non-U.S. based medical schools must have a medical degree and fulfill all educational requirements to practice medicine in the country where the degree was obtained.
  • International medical graduates must also have a valid ECFMG certificate and visa. We will follow the Requirements for ECFMG Certification for 2021 Match.

Eligibility requirements for CPME programs:

Institutional residency requirements (no exceptions):
  • Applications only accepted through ERAS/CASPR.
  • We do not sponsor H1-B Visas. We will follow the ECFMG rules regarding J-1 Visa status.
  • We do not prescreen applications prior to submission of ERAS or CASPR application.
  • Students interested in Couples Matching should review the Couples Match Policy before applying.
  • Male applicants with U.S. Citizenship (including dual citizenship) must be registered for selective service.
These are considered disqualifying events. If any of these conditions/events are noted in the application, that application will not be considered for interview or ranking.
  • Any felony conviction as this conviction often impedes and may preclude a graduate from obtaining a full-unrestricted medical license.
  • Any misdemeanor conviction in the last three years which could have resulted in a sentence of two years or longer (“high” misdemeanors) as this conviction often impedes and may preclude a graduate from obtaining a full-unrestricted medical license.
  • Any alcohol or drug (prescription or illicit)-related convictions, including DUI/DWI, as these convictions often impede and may preclude a graduate from obtaining a full, unrestricted medical license. (This does not apply to simple isolated open container and minor-in-possession type of citations). Consideration may be made for isolated incidents in the distant past. If concerned about eligibility, applicant should submit a “Request for Preliminary Determination” to the Michigan Bureau of Professional Licensing.
  • Matriculation from a medical school that we cannot verify as an LCME, AOA, or CPME equivalent educational program--this is above and beyond ECFMG certification.
  • For residency positions, greater than three years since graduation from medical school or the conclusion of formal medical education (residency training). Must be a medical school graduate after July 1, 2018. Exceptions made for those who started medical school prior to that date and:
    • Graduated and went immediately into a U.S. residency program (ACGME, AOA, or CPME accredited);
    • Are required to be on active federal service (e.g. military pay back, DoD, NHS, IH);
    • Are in an advanced degree program (e.g. MPH, PhD) while remaining clinically active with hands on experience in the United States. Shadowing in the U.S. does not count for being clinically active.
  • For fellowship positions, greater than three years without clinical activity.
  • Two or more failures on any part/s of the USMLE or COMLEX or American Podiatric Medical Licensing Exam (APMLE) with the National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners (NBPME).
  • Requirement to repeat or remediate two or more courses or clerkships while in medical school.
Please see more specific requirements in the specialty web pages.

If you have questions about these requirements, contact the DIO, GME Office at cmedgme@cmich.edu.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Applications only accepted through ERAS.
  • No felony conviction.
  • No misdemeanor conviction in the last 3 years.
  • No alcohol or drug (prescription or illicit) related convictions including DUI/DWI.
  • Matriculation from a medical school that we cannot verify as an LCME or AOA (Must be on the approved California board list).
  • Must be a medical school graduate after July 1, 2016, in a U.S. or residency program, on active federal service (e.g. military), or in an advanced degree program while remaining clinically active.
  • For fellowship positions, greater than 3 years without clinical activity.
  • Passed USMLE Step 1 & 2 CS and 2 CK or COMLEX Level 1 & 2-CE and 2-PE on 1st attempt (applications with failure of one exam may be reviewed but unlikely to receive an interview).
  • No two remediations or reiterations of courses or clerkships.
  • We do not sponsor H1-B visas. We will follow the ECFMG rules regarding J-1 Visa status.
  • We do not prescreen application prior to submission of ERAS application.
  • Medical students interested in Couples Matching should review the Couples Match Policy before applying.

Applications to our residency programs should include:

  • ERAS common application form with personal statement
  • Dean's letter
  • Medical school transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE transcripts (MD) OR COMLEX transcripts (DO)
  • ECFMG certificate (for international medical graduates only)

What Else Helps

  • We welcome persons representing diverse cultures, ethnicities, races, languages, and backgrounds. Whoever you happen to be, though, the key attribute is the capacity to interact flexibly and respectfully with a clientele that is extremely diverse demographically, sociologically, and behaviorally. Persons with this ability often have friendships, interests, and cross-cultural experiences that reflect their receptivity to alternative views and their adaptability to unusual conditions.
  • We want to train psychiatrists who will make special contributions to their profession and to their communities. Already such people may have exhibited creativity, drive, leadership and individuality in their pursuit of something in medicine, the sciences, the arts, writing, athletics, community service, spiritual pursuits, or elsewhere in their lives.

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Central Michigan University Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program is multifaceted. We strive to achieve, to educate, to deliver, to advocate and to collaborate. We aim to promote these values through a dynamic curriculum with passionate leaders, dedicated faculty and a multitude of community/clinical experiences. It is these factors that will help to enrich the wellbeing of the children and families in the Saginaw area as provide high quality psychiatric and behavioral health care to those in need. Supporting and partnering with local organizations and inter-professional colleagues will allow for the sharing of innovative ideas, knowledge, bridging of gaps and creation of an inclusive environment; ultimately aiming to help address the needs for child and adolescent psychiatric services within our community and break down socio economic barriers to care.

Program Aims:

The aims of CMU’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Program aligns with our mission – to educate, to achieve, to advocate, to collaborate and to deliver.

  1. To Educate: We aim to provide the fellows with structured teaching and comprehensive clinical education including care from a full range of pathology, acuity and treatment settings. We also aim to provide a supportive environment in which the fellows feel able to pursue and achieve their goals. 
  2. To Achieve: We strive to achieve compassionate, sensitive, and goal-oriented fellows whom aim to be leaders in their community. Our fellows aim to provide the highest quality of care to their patients and families. We encourage our fellows to continually seek out opportunities for achievement in areas of wellness, education, scholarly activity, and awareness (cultural and racial) 
  3. To Advocate: An important additional goal of the fellowship is to help raise awareness and provide education for families, physicians and allied mental health professionals who can then aid in the development of child mental health policy, foster child and adolescent mental health clinical programming and otherwise serve as advocates for child mental health care locally, regionally, statewide and beyond.
  4. To Collaborate: Through comprehensive experiences, our fellows participate in a collaborative care model with community partners which enhances patient access and care delivery to health systems across the state as well as provides diverse and comprehensive learning experiences. Through these experiences they are focusing on the integrated approach of medical, behavioral, and adjunctive therapies to improve the quality of life for patients and families impacted by mental illness.
  5. To Deliver: With our location in upper middle Michigan, we are poised with a unique opportunity to deliver care to a large catchment area. With our trainees, partnerships and faculty, our aim is to deliver more quality care in both general and specialty psychiatry to children and families in need.

All members of the Department hold appointments through Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Nikita RoyNikita Roy, MD
Program Director

Medical School: Ross University
Residency: Central Michigan University College of Medicine

Kai AndersonKai Anderson, MD

Medical School: Wayne State University, School of Medicine
Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Furhut JanssenFurhut Janssen, DO

Medical School: Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Michigan State University
Fellowship: Michigan State University

Christopher ArchangeliChristopher Archangeli, MD

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School
Residency: University of California Los Angeles - Semel Institute
Fellowship: University of Vermont College of Medicine

Abiskek BalaAbiskek Bala, MD

Medical School: St. George's University School of Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Improve the quality of life of infants, children, and adolescents around the world through culturally cognizant, community-based mental health interventions
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Engaging in tomfoolery with Drs. Rutledge and Archangeli, being forced by my wife to like photos on dog's social media page, clicking the "want to read" box on Goodreads to feel a sense of accomplishment
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Going for long drives in fall and enjoying all four seasons.

Kyle RutledgeKyle Rutledge, DO

Medical School: Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Lebanon Campus
Professional Career Interests: I am progressing through CMU's adult psychiatry residency and child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, with a plan to continue working with both kids and adults in the future. After training, I hope to work in an academic setting because I love research and teaching.
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Home improvement projects, cooking, puzzles, spending time with my wife and children
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: My family recently discovered the bike path through Saginaw and the beautiful rail trail to St. Charles, which has become the first place my young daughter asks to go on Saturdays. There is also a children's museum and children's zoo in Saginaw, which are surprisingly inexpensive given how much there is for kids to see and do.

Alexander BejnaAlexander Bejna, DO

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Mindy ProwsMindy Prows, DO

Medical School: Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Professional Career Interests: Childhood trauma
Personal Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, exploring, chilling at the beach, and trying new foods
Favorite Things to do around Michigan: Exploring different hiking areas, scouting out the best beaches, and hanging out with my colleagues at different destinations

Benefits of Saginaw Area

  • Large patient base affording excellent training in outpatient, inpatient, general hospital consultation, community mental health, student health, and Veteran's Administration settings, with many other opportunities in development.
  • Supportive community of physicians and specialists genuinely interested in training our residents.
  • Two local hospitals affording an opportunity for the required residency rotations, and a wide array of elective training opportunities.
  • Expanding opportunities here and outside Saginaw - our mission is to build healthcare systems in underserved and rural areas in Michigan and to have residents train in as many of these venues as in practicable.

Benefits of CMU Healthcare

  • CMU Healthcare is the East Campus of Central Michigan University College of Medicine. Benefits include: resources of a major university, resident academic appointments, opportunity to teach medical students.
  • Excellent practice and teaching experience with outstanding faculty in the program.
  • Opportunity to work with and educate medical students, PA students, nursing students, and other health affiliated students.
  • Outstanding teaching and administrative resources of CMU Healthcare including Simulation Medicine.

Personal Benefits of the Residency Program

  • Competitive salary benefits schedule for residents.
  • Broad training in evidence-based psychiatric interventions including psychotherapies.
  • Research and publishing opportunities.