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Dear Applicants:
We are pleased to announce that we have reestablished Drexel Psychiatry Residency Program in the Tower Health System. We are very excited about this opportunity to train future psychiatrists in one of the largest healthcare systems in Pennsylvania. To apply, please go to ERAS and search for "Tower Health Psychiatry Program, 4004100278", and continue to visit our program descriptions below.


Drexel University College of Medicine's residency programs are offered at a variety of urban and suburban hospital facilities throughout the Philadelphia region, providing residents with a wide range of experiences and diversity of resources.

Philosophy of Training

The Drexel University College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry has developed a well-supervised clinical training program providing experience on inpatient, outpatient, consultation-liaison, child-adolescent, emergency psychiatry and substance abuse rotations in addition to medicine and neurology. This program is supported by 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 principles:

  • Psychiatry residents should develop a strong foundation in the medical model including having the ability to diagnose and treat a broad range of psychiatric disorders to appreciate the interaction between medical illness and psychiatric dysfunction and to develop the 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 be encouraged to pursue their own developing professional goals whether in the practice of general psychiatry or in a specialized area. The department has the ability to support those residents with a strong interest in developing academic and research careers in psychiatry.
  • Psychiatry residents should be adept at utilizing a continuum of care and able to 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 psychiatry residency program have been successful in establishing careers in private practice, public sector psychiatry, and in academic and research positions. Many of them have been in leadership positions.

The Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine welcomes applications from prospective residents with diverse backgrounds and career interests who share our goal of providing the best possible care to each patient while contributing to the progress of knowledge in this exciting and rapidly expanding field.

News and Events

Tower Health/Drexel Psychiatry Residents Start in July

Tower Health/Drexel Psychiatry Residency Program at Brandywine matched all eight positions in March 2020. Despite the unprecedented pandemic, all eight residents will start their training on time in July 2020.

2020 "Top Doctors"

Dr. Barbara Schindler, professor of psychiatry, emeritus vice dean for education, medical director of caring together program, and Dr. Asim Rana, a faculty member and staff psychiatrist at Brandywine Hospital, were named "Top Doctors" in Philadelphia magazine's annual list of the region's best physicians. (May 2020)

2020 DUCOM Dean's Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching Awards

The following faculty members received DUCOM Dean's Special Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching Award at the Commencement Ceremony, May 29, 2020:

  • Dr. Mitali Patnaik, assistant professor of psychiatry, medical director of Friends Hospital Crisis Response Center
  • Dr. Mohammad Qasim, assistant professor of psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Coatesville
  • Dr. Indranil Chakrabarti, assistant professor of psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Chambersburg Hospital

PPE for Anxiety in Healthcare Providers during COVID-19

Dr. Sudak, professor of psychiatry, vice chair, director of General Psychiatry Residency Program, delivered a grand rounds presentation titled "PPE for Anxiety in Healthcare Providers during COVID-19" in April 2020. More than 250 faculty, residents, medical students and staff attended this virtual event.

Association of Early-Life Social and Digital Media Experiences With Development of Autism Spectrum Disorder–Like Symptoms

Dr. David Bennett, professor of psychiatry, and Dr. Karen Heffler, published a paper titled "Association of Early-Life Social and Digital Media Experiences With Development of Autism Spectrum Disorder–Like Symptoms,” in JAMA Pediatrics. (April 2020)

Drexel COVID-19 Rapid Response Award

Dr. David Bennett, professor of psychiatry, received a Drexel COVID-19 Rapid Response Award to study the impact of online peer support in women who have substance use disorders. (April 2020)

2020 DUCOM Golden Apple Award

Dr. Du, professor of psychiatry, chair of psychiatry Drexel University College of Medicine, chair of academic psychiatry, Tower Health and interim chair of psychiatry, Brandywine Hospital, Tower Health, received a DUCOM Golden Apple Award. (April 2020)

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Please note that residents and fellows are employed by and insured by the hospital; they are not employees of Drexel University.

Donna Sudak, MD

Donna Sudak, MD
Program Director