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Triple Board Training

Overview

Director, John Sargent, MD

An Introduction to The Triple Board Residency Training Program

The Triple Board program is a 5-year integrated training program involving Pediatrics, Adult Psychiatry, and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. This program trains individuals to become board eligible in all three of the clinical specialties. The Triple Board Program is intended to foster the development of physicians who wish to provide clinical care, to teach, or to carry out research in areas such as child/adolescent consultation/liaison psychiatry, medical/psychiatric disorders, and mental health aspects of pediatric illnesses and developmental disorders. The Triple Board graduate often creates their own niche within the interface of these specialties, most commonly involving Child/Adolescent Psychiatry and Pediatrics.

At the Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts Medical Center, there has been a close 50-year-long working relationship between Adult Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry, and Pediatrics. As a result, it was not surprising that this program was selected as one of the original pilot Triple Board Programs in 1986. We have consistently obtained top-level candidates for our Triple Board Program.

When this program began, the PGY I and II years were used entirely for Pediatric Training. Adult and Child Psychiatry Training occupied all of the PGY III, IV, and V years. This schedule was later revised to include 6 months of Pediatrics Training and 6 months of Adult Psychiatry Training in the PGY II year, followed by 6 months of Pediatrics Training and 6 months of Child Psychiatry Training in the PGY III year. PGY IV and PGY V years are training in General and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, respectively. This helps our residents remain focused on the Triple Board aspect of their training by providing a lengthier period of combined training of Pediatrics and Psychiatry. A Pediatric Outpatient Continuity Clinic is available for follow-up of pediatric patients throughout all 5 years of training. Throughout the last 4 years of training, a Psychiatry Outpatient Continuity Clinic allows for the follow-up of adult and child psychiatry patients.

Rotation Schedule

PGY I

  • 12 months Pediatrics
  • 12 months in Pediatric Continuity Clinic
    • 4 hours/week

PGY II

  • 6 months Pediatrics
  • 6 months Adult Inpatient Psychiatry
  • 12 months Pediatric Continuity Clinic
    • 4 hours/week

PGY III

  • 6 months Pediatrics
  • 6 months Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    • 3 months Inpatient care
    • 3 months Residential care
  • 12 months Pediatric Continuity Clinic
    • 4 hours/week
  • 12 months of Psychiatry Outpatient Continuity 
    • 4 hours/week

PGY IV

  • 12 months Adult Outpatient Psychiatry
  • 12 months Pediatric Continuity Clinic
    • 4 hours/week
  • 12 months of Psychiatry Outpatient Continuity
    • 4 hours/week

PGY V

  • 12 months Ambulatory Child/Adolescent Psychiatry
  • 12 months Pediatric Continuity Clinic
    • 4 hours/week
  • 12 months of Psychiatry Outpatient Continuity 
    • 4 hours/week

Curriculum

The curriculum on Triple Board training is based on the year of training and the service within which the training is occurring. Didactic classes are attended according to the service the resident is on.

Please see the Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department listings for further curriculum information.

On-Call Schedule

PGY I

  • Pediatrics
    • 4 weeks of inpatient pediatric night float coverage
    • 4 weeks of NICU night float coverage

PGY II

  • Pediatrics
    • PICU call every 3 nights
    • 4 weeks of NICU night float coverage
  • General Psychiatry
    • 3-4 calls per month for inpatient psychiatric unit and ED

PGY III

  • Pediatrics
    • 4 weeks of inpatient pediatric senior resident night float coverage
    • PICU call every 3 nights
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • 1 week of home call every 4-6 weeks

 

PGY IV

  • General Psychiatry
    • Up to 3-4 calls per month for inpatient psychiatric unit and ED

PGY V

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
    • Frequency: 1 week of home call every 4-6 weeks

Current Residents

PGY V

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Karen Saroca, MD
Temple University School of Medicine 

I'm from San Diego, California, where I enjoyed a childhood of tide pool exploring, sandcastle building, and spending time with my wonderful family.  I did my undergraduate work at the University of California, San Diego, and then stayed at UCSD for a Master's degree in biology.  While I enjoyed doing research, I realized I had more of a heart for working with people, and decided on medicine.  One cross-country drive later, I started medical school at Temple University in Philadelphia, where I finally experienced the seasons (and snow!) and absolutely loved it. I'm really excited to join the Tufts community and combine interests in pediatrics and psychiatry in the Triple Board program!  Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, eating good food and learning how to cook it, painting, playing music, exploring cities, and, ever a southern Californian, I still love the beach and building sandcastles.

PGY IV

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Mary Daley, MD
Albany Medical College

I was born and raised in New York, spending my first 18 years in a small town called Mahopac, about an hour outside of New York City. I moved upstate to the Albany area for college, and ended up loving it enough to stay for medical school. While I always suspected my path would lead to a career in pediatrics, it wasn’t until my third year of medical school that I discovered my passion for psychiatry. I was thrilled to learn about the triple board program, which I truly believe is the perfect fit for me. While of course my loyalty will always lie with my beloved NY Giants, Boston is a great city and the Floating Hospital is just an all around amazing place to work.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Teresa Vente, MD
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine

I am originally from upstate New York and attended Cornell University undergrad.  After undergrad I decided to pursue a Master's in Public Health and started out at the University at Albany where I had the opportunity to work as an intern at the NYS Office of Mental Health.  Having spent twenty plus years in NY, I took an adventure out west and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2008 where I completed my Master’s Degree at the University of Nevada Las Vegas.  While finishing my degree I took on the role of project manager for a research study examining weight-loss in individuals with persistent mental illness.  Influenced by my work with the mental health community in Las Vegas, I decided to stay in the Southwest for medical school where I attended Touro University Nevada.  Through my clinical experiences in medical school I became even more passionate about mental health care as well as child health care and I couldn’t be more excited to combine these interests through the Triple Board Program.  I am excited for the opportunity to spend the next five years in Boston and continue to explore my interests in advocacy and health care policy.  Outside of medicine I enjoy running, traveling, and both cooking and eating good food.

PGY III

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Elizabeth Killmeyer, MD
West Virginia University School of Medicine

I was born in Northampton, MA, but moved to a small town in West Virginia when I was 4. After a year, my family settled in nearby Buckhannon, WV. I attended West Virginia University for undergrad and ended up staying there for medical school. I initially thought I was going to pursue pathology, but during third year I discovered I love working with children. I went back and forth between pediatrics and child psychiatry until I discovered the Triple Board Program. So now I’m moving to Boston, and bringing along my husband, Drew, and our two cats. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the Tufts community for my residency training!

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Ireen Ahmed, MD
State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine

I was born in Queens, New York and grew up on Long Island.  Not straying too far from home, I went to undergrad at Brooklyn College where I received a degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies.  I continued my academic journey in Brooklyn and went to medical school at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.  During my time at Downstate, I realized I loved working with adolescents, specifically those who had been labeled as “high risk”.  These individuals often had many psychiatric as well as medical issues, and I felt that having training in both Psychiatry and Pediatrics would be ideal when working with these “high risk” individuals.  Outside of medicine, I love taking pictures, reading and taking on DIY projects.   After having been a native New Yorker for most of my life, I’m excited about moving to Boston and being a part of the Triple Board Program as well as the Floating family at Tufts!

PGY II

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Sheena McDaniels, MD
Rush Medical College of Rush University

I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago, IL in the neighborhood Englewood. I stayed in Chicago to receive my B.S. and M.S. in chemistry from DePaul University. After instructing college chemistry for a bit, I attended Rush Medical College in Chicago’s very own medical district.  Moving to Boston will be my first time living outside of Chicago and I’m very excited to join my Tufts and Floating family! My passions include volunteering, teaching, mentoring, research and advocacy. I’ve worked a lot with urban populations and at-risk youth and adolescents are my population of choice! I discovered the Triple Board program in my 3rd year of medical school and knew it was meant to be. In my free time I love cooking, singing, dancing, and listening to music, traveling, and spending time with my two cats and friends and family.

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Phillip Drayton, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine

I am a proud Hoosier, born and raised in the small Indiana town of La Porte near the shores of Lake Michigan. Don’t know what a Hoosier is? Not to worry, we aren’t quite sure ourselves!  My undergraduate career took me to Indiana University in Bloomington, IN to study biochemistry. While there, I was fortunate enough to join a competitive collegiate bicycle team and continue to enjoy recreational cycling. For medical school, I made the arduous journey from Bloomington to Indianapolis to attend Indiana University School of Medicine. Although pediatrics had always been an ambition of mine, my clinical years helped me discover the thrilling prospects of combining pediatrics and psychiatry through a triple board residency. I’ve taken a particular interest in working with a pediatric population with complex, chronic conditions. I’m excited to spend the next 5 years training at Tufts in Boston! As a self-described amateur cook, I couldn’t have asked for a greater city. My black lab Zooey and I cannot wait to see what new opportunities the East Coast has to offer!

PGY I

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Joshua Brown, MD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Triple Board Program
Originally from Teaneck, NJ, I traveled the short distance to NYC to attend Yeshiva University for my undergraduate studies where I majored in History and studied Talmudic law along with my secular classes.  After college, I spent a year conducting bio-medical lab research at Columbia University Medical Center. Thereupon, I returned to Yeshiva University for advanced studies at their rabbinical college, Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, and in 2014 I was ordained a Rabbi. As part of my training, I completed a chaplaincy internship at North Shore University Hospital, and in addition, served as Rabbinic Intern at a large synagogue in NJ, where I taught several courses in Jewish law and philosophy and helped officiate at life cycle events.  After my rabbinical studies, I attended Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY where I discovered my love for working with and treating children, and in particular with children who have experienced personal or family trauma.  I am absolutely thrilled to join the Triple Board Program at Tufts and the Floating Children's Hospital, where I can seamlessly combine my two passions in medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry. Outside of my studies, I enjoy reading (especially mystery novels), going to concerts and sports games, hiking, rafting, and traveling around the globe.  In summary- just 2 words: "Go Patriots!!"

Pediatric Resident at Floating Hospital for Children.Jessie DiCarlo, MD
University of Texas Medical School at Houston
Triple Board Program
Hi all! I was born in Chattanooga, TN, and was raised by a mom from a Midwestern farm and a dad from a New Jersey city. However, I am definitely a Texas girl at heart! My family and I moved to the Clear Lake area of Houston when I was almost four years old. Growing up, choir rehearsal was the most likely place to find me! After high school graduation, I ventured out (just a little) to College Station to attend Texas A&M University where I received my BS in Biomedical Sciences. It is in Aggieland where I also learned how fun it is to wear cowboy boots and two-step. At Texas A&M, I sang in a large mixed choir– an experience which was an extension of my lifelong love of music. Besides singing, another passion of mine is working with kids and teens. It has often been through church– serving on many varied forms of retreat teams– where these experiences have been the most memorable. After college, I moved back to Houston, but this time to the Texas Medical Center where I encountered the big city life! Through exploring the medical humanities at McGovern Medical School, I discovered my desire to provide a depth of care for patients that encompasses physical and mental health as well as caring for the whole family. This discovery led me to Tufts Triple Board residency program! I embrace the new adventure and perspective that Boston and the program offer. In my free time, I enjoy singing, listening to 90s and Disney music, traveling, spending time with family and friends, napping with my cat, Snickers, and finding new coffee shops. Although my winter wardrobe is continually being reworked as a Southern girl in the Northeast, experiencing four seasons in the vibrant city of Boston is quite the opportunity!

Information for Applicants

  • Two PGY I positions per year are offered
  • All applications mustbe receivedvia ERAS (no paper applications)
  • All applicants must register with NRMP - We do not offer pre-match
  • acceptance
  • Application Deadline is December 1st

Application Requirements

  1. Need passing scores on USMLE Steps 1, 2 CK and 2 CS.
    1. No minimum number of attempts
    2. No minimum score requirement other than passing
  2. 4 letters of recommendation (2 from Psychiatry, 1 from Pediatrics, 1 from choice)
  3. Dean’s Letter and Transcript from Medical School
  4. The following requirements are for International Medical Graduates only:
    • ECFMG certification by the time of interview
    • US Clinical experience is recommended, but not required
    • Only sponsoring J-1 Visas

For Additional Information on Tufts Triple Board Training Program Contact:

Mikayla Gregorio
Residency Training & Education Coordinator
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Tufts Medical Center
p: 617.636.1636
f: 617.636.1277
e: mgregorio@tuftsmedicalcenter.org