Philosophy of Training

Our program at Tower Health-Brandywine Hospital General Psychiatry is a well-supervised clinical training program providing experience on inpatient, outpatient, consultation-liaison, child-adolescent, emergency psychiatry and substance use disorder rotations in addition to medicine and neurology. The educational experience includes specific didactic and clinical sequences in psychopathology, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology. Residents 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 General Psychiatry Residency 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:

  1. Residents will graduate with a broad range of skills and have the ability to provide pharmacological and psychotherapeutic interventions for patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders.
  2. Residents will become skilled at functioning in multidisciplinary teams, will communicate effectively, and be advocates for patients beyond the bedside.
  3. Residents will have well-developed skills in geriatric and addiction psychiatry.
  4. Residents will develop practice habits that incorporate measurement-based care and quality improvement.

We believe that:

  • Psychiatry residents 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 an ability to interpret research and clinical information.
  • Psychiatry residents 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 residents should pursue their own professional goals whether in general psychiatry or in a specialized area. The department will support those residents with a strong interest in academic and research careers.
  • Psychiatry residents should be adept at utilizing a continuum of care and provide excellent psychiatric services in a managed care environment.
  • Psychiatry residents should be trained in an environment that fosters critical thinking, ethical behavior and leadership skills.
    Graduates of our prior psychiatry residency program at Drexel have successful careers in private practice, public sector psychiatry, and in academic, leadership and research positions.