Residential and Partial Hospitalization Program at McCallum Place Eating Disorder Treatment Center-CAP 1

Rotation Director: Ginger Nicol, MD

Rotation Faculty: Kim McCallum MD, Monica Bishop MD and Brooke Ayden MD

Rotation Coordinator:Dawn Slechta (

Length of CAP Fellow Rotation: 10-12 weeks

Time of CAP Fellow Rotation:  First year of fellowship training


McCallum Place Eating Disorders Treatment Center, St. Louis
231 W. Lockwood Ave. Suite 200
St. Louis MO, 63119
(314) 968-1900


To provide CAP 1st year fellows with an in-depth exposure to the evaluative and treatment modalities used in residential and partial hospitalization of children, adolescents and young adults with eating disorders.


To develop competence in the following areas

Patient Care

The fellow will learn provision of clinical care at McCallum Place.  The nature of patient care at McCallum Place is inter-disciplinary and includes individual, group and family therapy; treatment of medical comorbidities by primary care, psychopharmacology and psychotherapy by psychiatrist, meal planning and weight restoration/weight loss by a registered dietitian, academic assessment and planning by on-site teachers.

  • Assessing patients admitted from outside hospitals or outpatient care settings
  • Conducting patient and family centered evaluations of severe Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and comorbid medical and psychiatric disorders
  • Observing and interpreting family relationships and their pertinence to the child’s presenting problems
  • Appreciating the role of the family in the assessment and treatment regardless of the age of the patient
  • Producing differential diagnosis and dynamic case formulation of psychiatric symptomatology and appreciating the importance of biologic, psychologic, and socio-cultural aspects of symptoms
  • Becoming familiar with developmentally appropriate, evidence based psychopharmacological and psychotherapeutic approaches in the treatment of severe eating disorders
  • Understanding behavior modification and level systems in treatment
  • Understanding group dynamic and group therapy structure
  • Planning dispositions for return to outpatient or less restrictive care system

Medical Knowledge

The fellow will gain medical knowledge through a combination of supervised clinical activities, mandatory divisional didactics, supervised reading of the pertinent related literature.

  • Knowing strengths and limitations of the current DSM diagnostic criteria
  • Understanding the developmentally and age-appropriate use of laboratory testing and medical workup
  • Understanding the appropriate use of adjunct medical consultation
  • Familiarity with evaluation and treatment of common medical comorbidities in eating disorders in youth.

 Practice Based Learning

In addition to supervised clinical activities and self initiated and suggested readings, the fellow will participate to supervision including 1:1 supervision by faculty at McCallum Place and other divisional supervision including individual and team supervision

  • Continuing to appraise oneself of current knowledge concerning the pathogenesis and etiology of eating disorders by reading and searching scientific literature on specific topics related to eating disorder etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment
  • Becoming familiar with the appropriate use of medical and psychological testing in eating disorder patients
  • Gaining experience delivering evidence based psychotherapies for eating disorders, including family and group therapies
  • Appreciating historical, cultural, legal, and ethical aspects of eating disorder treatment
  • Engage in guided readings on etiology, epidemiology and theoretical issues, and with supervision will engage in literature searches to understand evidence-based treatments relevant to patient care.
  • Fellows will also be expected to engage in independent literature searches and reviews regarding evidence-based treatments but also will be expected to engage in literature review regarding etiology, epidemiology and theoretical issues as they apply to patient care.


The fellow will demonstrate sensitivity and compassion to children, adolescents and young adults affected by serious eating disorders and to their families or their caretakers and will continue to develop in relationship with other professionals or professionals in training, including supervisors, colleagues, students and allied professionals.

  • Developing intra-professionally by managing adaptively their own emotional reactions to severe psychopathology
  • Demonstrating the ability to function as a cooperative member of a multi-disciplinary therapeutic team
  • Demonstrating a commitment to continued professional development
  • Fellows will be expected to manage medical and psychiatric issues independently with attending supervision, but will also be expected to manage their schedules independently by working with McCallum Place staff to schedule intake assessments and patient appointments as fits their clinical hours at McCallum Place.
  • Interact with families and outpatient providers to coordinate care and disposition planning, and engage in weekly family contact to provide psychoeducation and family-based psychotherapy techniques.

Interpersonal/Communication Skills

  • The resident will effectively communicate with patients, their families and all other members of the treatment team
  • Conducting developmentally appropriate interview techniques, as well as comprehensive mental status examination
  • Talking with and obtaining a history from patients, family members, and all others involved in the caretaking system of the patient (outside providers, DFS social worker, teacher, etc.)
  • Presenting cases succinctly and accurately

System Based Care

  • Understanding the roles of other mental health and medical professionals including psychotherapists, nursing staff, dietitians, educational therapists, activity (yoga, dance) therapists, etc.
  • Fellows will be expected to appropriately interact with family or other caregivers, social and legal agencies in the management of child/adolescent eating disorders

Measurement of Objectives

  • Standard Program evaluations
  • Multisource feedback
  • Clinical Skills Exams

Description of Rotation & Clinical Activities

  • CAP weekly hours: two half days, 3 full days (including Saturday depending on SLCH call) = average 32 hours/week
  • PGY-2 weekly hours: five full days per week (including Saturday) = average 40 hours/week

The McCallum Place Eating Disorder Treatment Center exposes residents to a range of medical and psychiatric severity across the spectrum of eating disorders, to the evaluation and management of potentially life threatening medical comorbidities and to psychiatric comorbidities, as well as to the full range of treatment modalities used to treat inpatients include pharmacotherapy, behavior modification, family therapy, group therapy, milieu therapy, and activity therapy, supported eating and meal regulation.



Weekly schedule

Total hours per week averages about 25-35 for this rotation. Time is divided as such:

Follow 10 patients, 2 teams (cap)

  • Description: 15-20 minute visit plus documentation = 30-45 minutes depending on family involvement, one visit per week; participate in family meetings, up to three per week (60 minutes)
  • Max hours/week: 5-8

Perform all child/adolescent intakes + staff with attending (may sometimes have late-age adolescents or young college-age adults)

  • Description: 60 minute visit, plus holding note and dictation = 90 minutes per intake, 2-4 per week, max of 2 per day during full days and 1 per day during half days.
  • Max hours/week: 3-6

Attend Weekly team staffing (2.5 hours/week/team)

  • Description:Discussion of all patients with attending, RD and therapist
  • Max hours/week: 5

Weekly supervision with supervising attending 

  • Description: Discuss difficult cases, guided review of literature
  • Max hours/week: 1+

Attend weekly Drs. Meeting when possible

  • Description: 12:30-1:30 Fridays
  • Max hours/week: 1*

Weekly supervision with Dr. McCallum  (when available)

  • Description: Review evidence-based treatments, neurobiology of EDs, case discussion
  • Max hours/week: 1

Outpatient ED Clinic with Dr. Nicol on Fridays

  • Description: Perform initial assessments (1-2) and follow-up visits (2-3)
  • Max hours/week: 4 hours for half-day, 7 hours for full day depending on rotation assignments

Attend Meal Therapy Training once during rotation

  • Description: 9-2 every third Thursday of the month
  • Max hours/week: 1 (averages to this but 5 hours all at once)

Attend Family Day

  • Description: Third Saturday of the month; OPTIONAL didactic presentation in the morning and/or run a group session in the afternoon (8 hours in person, 2 hours preparation)
  • Max hours/week: 1 (averages to this but 5-8 hours total)

Total Hours Per Week: 22-32

*Optional, patient care needs supersede attendance

+May overlap with staffing