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Alonso Cardenas MD

  • Family Health Centers of San Diego Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
  • Voluntary Associate Professor, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Alonso Cardenas mentioned: "My training at UIC was excellent; I continue to feel like there’s nothing I can’t handle after being taught  by leaders in the field who have written practice guidelines & sub specialist. With so many great mentors to emulate I continue to think of who taught me something when I apply it and quote them."

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Jorge Luis Castillo Gonzalez MD

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Jorge Castillo Gonzalez says: "I really enjoyed my time in the IJR. Everybody was so kind and I felt welcomed by everybody from the very first time I entered the building. I remember I interviewed in all of the programs in the area, and UIC was my first choice at the time of making my ranking. I liked that the attendings were very down to earth  at the same time of doing great things in their field of work. Child Psychiatrists rely heavily on teamwork and there are lots of opportunities to work with people from other disciplines, also, scholarly activities are numerous and you get full support to participate in academic activities.  Attendings are very supportive and they help you to develop your clinical skills allowing you to explore your own personal style. My time in UIC has been one of the most important moments in my career, and I think my training there prepared me to work practically anywhere."

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Julie Land MD

  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Julie Land writes:" I am very grateful that I received my training at The University of Illinois Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program for several reasons including opening the door to my current position. I work at the Eating Recovery Center Pathlight in Oak Brook, IL (https://www.eatingrecoverycenter.com). It is a partial hospitalization program for adolescents and adults and we treat mood, anxiety, and eating disorders. I am not the first person from UIC to accept a position at this facility and I will probably not be the last."

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Amber May MD

  • Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist at The Bloomberg Institute
  • Volunteer Faculty of Clinical Psychiatry & Former Director of the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic at The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Amber May's statement about CAP Fellowship: "UIC's CAP fellowship is one of the best programs in the country. Learning from national experts particularly in the specialty outpatient clinics deeply enhances trainees' clinical acumen. My wonderful experience as a fellow in the Comprehensive ADHD Clinic led to my first attending role as its Director."

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Mojgan Makki MD

  • Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist
  • Owner of Makki Psychiatry- Private Concierage Practice Partner at Solutions Northshore - empowering parents
  • Medical Director at Benchmark Psych Services
  • Delegate to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Assembly
  • Psychiatric Consultant for Cook and Lake County Schools
  • UIC Adjunct teaching Faculty at Ross and St. George University
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Mojgan Makki writes: "Because of its location in the heart of Chicago, the fellowship program at UIC offers a plethora of diverse training opportunities for a child psychiatrist where our clinical expertise makes an impact. Rotation in a nationally known unique inpatient child unit for foster children, clinically rich Bipolar, Autism, young child, and Anxiety clinics, and family therapy seminars are amongst a few of highlights in the program. Support and professionalism of my mentors has guided me to stay mindful of the important role child and adolescent psychiatrist hold in the community as a clinician and a colleague."

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Alison Greenfeder Weiss MD

  • Residential, Partial Hospital, and Intensive Outpatient Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at La Amistad Behavioral Health Services
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Graduate
Dr. Alison Greenfeder Weiss writes: "CAP fellowship at UIC was the best experience I could have asked for. I was challenged, mentored, and made to feel confident to practice independently. UIC provides an amazing variety of treatment settings and levels of acuity that prepared me to deal with any situation that could arise in psychiatric practice. This has been invaluable as my career path has led me to become a psychiatrist in a high acuity setting; oftentimes seeing treatment resistant teenagers who come to our facility as a last resort. In my opinion, there is no better program to gain the skills and expertise needed to become an excellent child and adolescent psychiatrist. If I had to do it again, I would not hesitate to choose UIC for fellowship. It is my highest recommendation that others deciding which CAP program to attend choose UIC!"

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