Reading Hospital - Tower Health Psychiatry NRMP Code: 1661400C0

The Reading Hospital - Tower Health Psychiatry Residency training program is a four-year, ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency program. The goal of the Reading Hospital - Tower Health Psychiatry Residency is to train residents to have a successful clinical practice, which includes competency in both psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Our residents gain experience in inpatient, outpatient, geriatric, forensic, community, consultation-liaison, emergency psychiatry, substance abuse, and child and adolescent psychiatry in a variety of clinical settings throughout Berks County. We offer a strong didactic curriculum as well as a commitment to lifelong learning and research so that at the completion of the residency program, residents are competent in the ACGME defined core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, practice-based learning, professionalism and systems-based practice.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to train ethical, compassionate, skillful, and competent psychiatrists and prepare them for careers in clinical practice, academia, and administration. The residency program will include academic, research, and community care focus for Reading and Berks County, and the surrounding region. This mission is aligned with the mission of Tower Health, which is to provide compassionate, accessible, high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to the community we serve.

Reading Hospital Facts

  • Reading Hospital has been recognized as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals (top 2%) from 2017-2021
  • 714-bed nonprofit teaching hospital
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • More than 6,900 staff members and 970 physicians and allied health professionals in 53 specialties
  • 10 residency programs and 9 fellowship programs
  • Partnered with Drexel University Medical School to open branch campus medical school 2021
  • Highest-volume ED in PA and eighth highest in USA
  • Salient Top 20 Most Beautiful U.S. Hospitals
  • Diverse patient population - collected from greater metro area of 713,500 people
  • High volume of psychiatric patients: 4,634 psychiatry ER visits, 3,352 consults, and 15,309 outpatient visits in 2019

  • Daisy Shirk DO

    Daisy V Shirk, DO

    Program Director
  • Dr. Eduardo D Espiridion

    Eduardo D Espiridion, MD

    Department Chair