Pediatric OCD & Tourette Specialty Clinic

Carol Mathews, MD Pre-Eminent Professor

Carol Mathews, MD
Pre-Eminent Professor


Carol Mathews, MD

A. Required rotation, beginning in academic year 2017-2018, in the first and second year of training at UF Health Springhill Health Center requiring 10% of the resident’s time.

B. Faculty consists of 1 full-time psychiatrist

C. Residents will see new and follow up patients for evaluation, diagnosis and treatment in the outpatient setting. Faculty will be present on site.

D. Patient population characteristics will be clarified after this rotation has been established. All patients will be under the age of 18.

E. Following are the goals and objectives of this rotation:

Goal: To provide high quality outpatient care to children and adolescents with OCD, tics, and related disorders, with priority on safety and use of interventions with established effectiveness.


Patient Care

The resident will:

  • obtain an accurate history, customized to the patient’s complaints
  • obtain information that is sensitive and not readily offered by the patient
  • describe how development influences the psychopathology of OCD and tics
  • incorporate clinical practice guidelines for treating patients

Medical Knowledge

The resident will

  • read and familiarize themselves with the AACAP practice parameters for OCD and tic disorders
  • describe the etiology, comorbidities, and risk factors for OCD and tic disorders
  • describe the mechanism of action and metabolism of psychopharmacological agents used to treat OCD and tic disorders in children and adolescents
  • identify CBT and ERP techniques for treating OCD and tic disorders

Systems based practice

The resident will

  • Know the relative costs of care and reimbursement for children with OCD and tic disorders
  • Recognize cultural and community differences that may impact patient care
  • Participate in interdisciplinary conferences with medical psychology to discuss patient cases

Practice based learning

The resident will

  • Regularly seek and incorporate feedback to improve performance
  • Identify self-directed learning goals and periodically review them with faculty


The resident will

  • Demonstrate professionalism by arriving in a timely and prepared manner for outpatient clinic, with appropriate dress and demeanor
  • Complete clinical assignments in a timely manner
  • Demonstrate respectful behavior with others

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

The resident will

  • Communicate effectively with patients using developmentally appropriate language
  • Communicate effectively with other healthcare providers to coordinate patient’s care
  • Complete clinic notes in a timely manner