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Patricio Fischman, M.D., DFAAAP and Deepika Shaligram, M.D., FAPA
The growing unmet mental health needs of youth nationally and globally are increasingly being met through telepsychiatry.
Telepsychiatry with youth is not new, but the revolution in telecommunications has converged with decreased costs and public mandates for more equitable access to care to make telepsychiatry a feasible alternative to in person treatment for children and adolescents.
Families have readily accepted telepsychiatry as an alternative to traditional venues for care. But, providers and training programs have been more slow to adapt their practices to include telepsychiatry.
Training in telepsychiatry is needed during residency and fellowship to prepare the next generation of child and adolescent psychiatrists to expand their reach to underserved populations and to create more innovative approaches to psychiatric care in their practices.
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