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Triple Board AI


The Triple Board (TB) Acting Internship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) has been designed to provide the interested medical student with an exposure to the interface of pediatrics and child and adolescent psychiatry. 

This four week acting  internship will focus primarily on the psychiatric consultation-liaison service at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.  This service provides inpatient consultation to a wide variety of general and specialty pediatric services within this large pediatric hospital. Acting interns will see patients and present them to one of a team of child psychiatrists and psychologists who work in this setting.  In addition to this primary focus, acting interns will also participate in clinical and educational activities specific to either pediatrics or psychiatry.  He/she will attend the Tuesday pediatric outpatient continuity clinic and the Thursday child psychiatry outpatient continuity clinic designated for the Triple Board residents. 

Special opportunities may also be available for acting interns who have a particular area of interest such as child advocacy, eating disorders or children with affective and anxiety disorders. Particular areas of interest should be conveyed to the Medical Student Education Coordinator and every effort will be made to accommodate that request.  Lastly, acting interns will participate in the daily pediatric noon conference, psychiatry didactics (on Thursday afternoons), and both pediatric and psychiatry grand round series.

This Active Internship can prepare a medical student for combined Pediatrics/Adult Psychiatry/Child and Adolescent Psychiatry residency programs.  We hope this broad exposure will pique one’s interest in Triple Board Training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, an exciting and diverse training program. 


  1. Develop psychiatric assessment and interviewing skills applicable to pediatric medical settings
  2. Verbalize the complex interplay between subjective distress, physical disease, and psychiatric disorders
  3. State modes of adaptation for children and families confronted with physical illness, including those struggling with medically unexplained physical symptoms
  4. Management of pediatric psychiatric problems, including formulating initial treatment plans
  5. Verbalize principles of consultation/liaison with healthcare professionals in pediatric medical setting

Expectations for the Month

  • Perform new patient and follow-up consultations at CHP, providing documentation and other necessary care (collateral, record review etc.)
  • Attend clinical and educational department-wide and site-specific events
  • Work with a current TB residents in a variety of clinical settings

Core activities

  • Behavioral Health C&L Service at CHP (Dr. Viveca Meyer/Dr. Roberto Ortiz)
  • CHP Primary Care Center- Oakland (5th Year TB Residents)
  • Center For Children and Families- Oakland (Dr. Viveca Meyer)
  • Psychiatric Didactics- WPIC

Special Opportunities

  • Behavioral Sleep Clinic (provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of pediatric sleep problems)
  • Center for Problem Eating Inpatient Unit (provides comprehensive assessment and treatment for patients at any stage of an eating disorder)
  • Child Advocacy Center (provides comprehensive evaluations for children and adolescents who may be victims of physical or sexual abuse, or neglect)
  • Diagnostic Evaluation Center (provide crisis intervention, comprehensive mental health and substance abuse evaluations, referral to outpatient providers/services, facilitation of inpatient admissions)
  • Medical Coping Clinic (evaluation and treatment of children and adolescents with IBD and a broad range of emotional and behavioral problems. 
  • Solid Organ Transplant Program (evaluation and intervention of children who are candidates for or have previously received solid organ transplant)
  • Weight Management and Wellness Clinic (provides a comprehensive evaluation and treatment planning by a multidisciplinary team for overweight youth)

Sample Schedule (will vary with availability and student’s interests)

Monday9am-NoonCHP C&L (Drs. Meyer/Ortiz)
1pm-5pmCHP C&L (Drs. Meyer/Ortiz)/Special Opportunity
Tuesday9am-NoonCHP C&L (Drs. Meyer/Ortiz)
Noon-1pmCHP Pediatric Noon Conference
1pm-5pmTB PCC (Oakland)/CHP C&L
Wednesday9am-NoonCHP C&L (Drs. Meyer/Ortiz)/Special Opportunity
Noon-1pmCHP Pediatric Noon Conference
1pm-5pmSpecial Opportunity
Thursday9am-NoonCCF (Dr. Meyer)
Noon-1pmPsych Journal Club-WPIC
1pm-5pmPsych Didactics-WPIC
Friday9am-NoonCHP C&L (Drs. Meyer/Ortiz)
1pm-5pmC&L (Drs. Meyer/Ortiz)/Special Opportunity


LocationAddressPhoneParking/Bus info
CHP Behavioral
Health C&L Service
45th St. & Penn Ave.
Suite Floor 3
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
Kristin Klapec
Shuttle from Oakland to Lawrenceville q30 mins from 7:35am-5:35pm
WPIC3811 O’Hara St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Eileen McKenna
CHP - Lawrenceville45th St. & Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15201
CHP Operator
CHP PCC3420 Fifth Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
CCFBellefield Towers
100 N. Bellefield Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


UPMC Help Desk  412-647-HELP (4357)
Med Student Ed (WPIC)Eileen McKennaE-529, WPIC412-246-6497
Med Student Ed (WPIC)Chekesha FincherE-500, WPIC412-246-5122
Med Student Ed (CHP)Marilynn Haigh4404 Penn Avenue
AOB Bldg, 5th Floor
Suite 5400
Pittsburgh PA 15224
Director, Triple
Board Residency
Dr. Sansea Jacobson

(Carolyn Dorn)

Bellefield Towers, Rm. 614
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Triple Board
Residency Program
Dr. Dena Hofkosh

(Trish Martino)
4404 Penn Avenue
AOB Bldg, 5th Floor
Suite 5400
Pittsburgh PA 15224
Associate Residency
Training Director
Dr. Robert Ortiz-AguayoLawrenceville Medical Building
3rd floor
Triple Board
Chief Resident
Dr. Kristin Dalope153, WPIC412-586-7857
Behavioral Sleep
Larry Newman, PhDCHP-Lawrenceville
3rd Fl
Center for Problem
Eating (COPE)
Dr. Eric Rickin8th Fl, WPIC412-586-9370
Child Advocacy
Center (CAC)
Dr. Janet SquiresCHP-Lawrenceville
Suite Floor 2
Diagnostic Evaluation
Center (DEC)
Dr. Jeremy Musher1st Fl, WPIC412-586-9479
Medical Coping ClinicDr. Eva SzigethyCHP-Lawrenceville
3rd Fl
Solid Organ
Transplant Program
Diana Shellmer, PhD4401 Penn Avenue
Faculty Pavilion, 6th Fl
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Weight Management
and Wellness Clinic
Dana Rofey, PhD3420 Fifth Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Further information may be obtained by contacting:

Sansea Jacobson, M.D.
Director, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training
Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic
University of Pittsburgh
3811 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(412) 246-5422