Tower Health-Brandywine Hospital Launches Its First-Ever Fellowship Program

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COATESVILLE, PA — Tower Health-Brandywine Hospital announced that it has initiated the hospital’s first-ever fellowship program.

The first-year class of the Tower Health-Brandywine Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Training Program begins July 1, 2022. There will be four students in the first class.

The two-year accredited child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship program has eight positions with approximately four fellows per training year. The program offers a variety of experiences to ensure that the trainees are exposed to a wealth of different types of patients and clinical approaches, including Brandywine’s Eating Disorders Program along with a variety of developmental programs.

“We inaugurated our program this year as a collaboration between a well-established psychiatry training program at Drexel University Psychiatry, and Brandywine Hospital’s highly regarded clinical services in behavioral and mental health,” said Brandywine Hospital President and Chief Executive Officer Claire Mooney, DNP, MBA, RN, CCRN, NEA-BC. “Our program provides a variety of experiences to ensure that our trainees are exposed to a wealth of different types of patients and clinical approaches.”

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“The Drexel tradition emphasizes the importance of creating a nurturing, cohesive, friendly, and collegial learning environment, and an unwavering commitment to education,” said Ronke Babalola, MD, MPH, Tower Health-Brandywine Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director. “Our didactic curriculum and supervisory experiences emphasize a thorough and well-rounded approach to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with a substantial devotion to psychotherapy as a critical part of the skill set of every psychiatrist.”

“It is our hope that fellows will graduate with a broad range of skills and have the ability to provide pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions for child and adolescent patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders,” said Wei Du, MD, Chair of Psychiatry at Brandywine Hospital, and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine.

“The innovative psychotherapy curriculum emphasizes the integration of evidence-based practices into general psychiatric care of children and adolescents. Fellows will learn the many skill elements that comprise modern psychotherapies that child and adolescent psychiatrists are likely to use in their clinical practice.”

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The two-year accredited Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program includes both didactic and clinical curricula. The didactic curriculum and supervisory experiences emphasize a thorough and well-rounded approach to psychiatry with a substantial focus on psychotherapy as a critical part of the skillset of every psychiatrist.

The clinical curriculum includes a mixture of training in different areas of expertise over the two years, including child development, developmental neuroscience, and mental health, emphasizing the integration of evidence-based psychotherapies for child, adolescents, and their families.

During the first and second years, residents rotate through a variety of inpatient settings, with two-month rotations in pediatric neurology, patients with neurodevelopmental disabilities with comorbid psychiatric conditions in a residential facility, and severely ill adolescents.

For more information, visit https://towerhealth.org/academic-affairs/fellowship-programs/child-and-adolescent-psychiatry-fellowship.

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