What is Triple Board training?
Triple Board Residents train in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ("Triple Board Program") to become skilled physicians who integrate the clinical knowledge and skills of pediatrics and psychiatry to provide outstanding clinical care for children and their families. In five years, Triple Boarders become board-eligible in all three disciplines and can practice in any of the three. Triple Boarders often use this combined training to develop unique career paths that cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries.
Tulane Triple Board combines the unique strengths of an academic medical setting and the opportunities of New Orleans with the 25+ year history of Triple Board training in the country. Our residents, faculty, the departments, the unique curricular innovations, and our city create an incredible environment for learning to provide comprehensive physical and mental health care to children and their families.
It's hard to say there is a "typical" Tulane Triple Board Resident - our residents are as diverse and unique as the opportunities that this innovative training presents! That said, they do share some important characteristics. They are smart, motivated, energetic physicians who go the extra mile to care for their patients. Tulane's Triple Boarders embrace the adventure of shaping the Triple Board program, taking ownership of their educational experiences, and are truly team players. Most importantly, they do all this while achieving a work/life balance.
Tulane's faculty includes Triple Board graduates as well as an accomplished, diverse group of pediatricians, general psychiatrists, and child adolescent psychiatrists, who work in true collaboration with psychologists, social workers, lawyers, and other health professionals in the departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. These faculty are:
Triple Board training depends upon collaboration among the three disciplines of pediatrics, general psychiatry, and child & adolescent psychiatry (CAP).
The pediatrics training environment at Tulane provides one of the most diverse residency experiences in the country. Residents are exposed to a variety of primary and tertiary health care systems, including community outreach settings like a drop-in clinic, private hospitals and Tulane Medical Center.
The general psychiatry experience provides clinical opportunities in public mental health settings, private inpatient settings, work with veterans, and growing telepsychiatry practice. The diversity of patient populations our residents treat is extraordinary. Residents treat patients from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic status, urban/rural, and varying levels of psychiatric impairment. Working in post-Katrina New Orleans provides training with trauma-exposed patients in all of these settings.
In CAP training experiences, residents expand their assessment and treatment skills. We believe that child mental health problems can be best understood with an understanding the biological underpinnings of disorders, the psychological factors that exacerbate the disturbance or provide resilience, and the protective and risk factors in the family and social context. Our residents learn to apply this integrated approach working in inpatient and community settings, with children from infancy through adolescence.
Importantly, these three disciplines work together closely in the Triple Board training program and experiences in each discipline enhance the learning in the others. Tulane has a history of collaboration across traditional disciplinary boundaries even before the Triple Board Program began- many faculty members have joint appointments in CAP and pediatrics. Tulane also has a long history of combined residency programs - Medicine-Pediatrics, Medicine-Psychiatry programs have been established at Tulane for decades, creating a longstanding track record of interdepartmental collaboration!
Bottom Line: Tulane Triple Board residency gives new doctors experiences that nurture and support their development into well-rounded, broadly thinking Triple Board physicians. Our commitment to your development of autonomy, responsibility, stewardship, and a sense of social justice are the pillars of the Tulane approach. If you want to be part of our community of scholars, if you are passionate about helping children and families, and if you want to work in supportive, stimulating and diverse clinical settings in a collegial interdisciplinary environment, you may be a great fit for Tulane Triple Board!