Our program at Tower Health - Brandywine Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is a well-supervised clinical training program providing experience on inpatient, outpatient, consultation-liaison, emergency psychiatry, developmental delay, and substance use disorder rotations in addition to partial hospitalization and neurology. The educational experience includes specific didactic and clinical sequences in psychopathology, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology. Fellows are encouraged to participate in research programs within the department and Drexel University community.

The training program is based on the following Mission Statement and Program Aims:

The Tower Health - Brandywine Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program is committed to recruit and educate a diverse cohort of residents to provide high-quality psychiatric care that meets the needs of patients who come from a wide range of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Program Aims:

  • Fellows develop knowledge and skills to function as well-rounded clinical psychiatrists.
  • Fellows will understand the nuances of practicing in variety of settings, collaborating with various systems of care, and providing compassionate, innovative, and cultural-sensitive care.
  • Fellows will incorporate understanding of social determinants of health to provide holistic treatment to socioeconomically disadvantaged, underserved patients in public psychiatry sector.
  • Fellows will become competent to provide patient and family centered care in both the general and more specialized areas of child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Fellows will develop practice habits to assimilate patient safety, quality improvement, and evidence-based practice.
  • Fellows will learn to live healthy and balanced lives to provide the best patient care.

We believe that:

  • Psychiatry fellows should develop a strong foundation in the medical model and an ability to diagnose and treat a broad range of psychiatric disorders, appreciate the interaction between medical illness and psychiatric dysfunction, and develop an ability to interpret research and clinical information.
  • Psychiatry fellows should become competent in utilizing a range of treatment modalities and their appropriate application, including both psychotherapies (psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, supportive, group, and family therapies) and somatic therapies.
  • Psychiatry fellows should pursue their own professional goals, whether in generalized practice or in a specialized area. The department will support those residents with a strong interest in academic and research careers.
  • Psychiatry fellows should be adept at utilizing a continuum of care and providing excellent psychiatric services in a managed care environment.
  • Psychiatry fellows should be trained in an environment that fosters critical thinking, ethical behavior, and leadership skills.

Graduates of our prior psychiatry fellowship program at Drexel have successful careers in private practice, public sector psychiatry, and in academic, leadership, and research positions.