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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

Dr. Metzger Publishes in Oxford Academic Pain Medicine Journal
Dr. Sarita Metzger (PGY-2), with the aid of supervisor Dr. Donna Sudak, collaborated with the psychiatry departments of Mt. Sinai and Natchaug Hospital to publish a report examining the extent of pain management training during psychiatry residency.

Drexel Residents at APA Annual Meeting
Drexel Psychiatry’s team, which included Drs. Aarya Rajalakashmi, Aditya Pawar and Prasad Joshi (PGY-3), competed in this year’s APA Mind Games. In addition, Drs. Kiren Johal (PGY-1) and Katarzyna Liwski (PGY-3) presented a poster.

Colloquium of Scholars
Drexel Psychiatry held the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society’s annual Colloquium of Scholars conference on April 3, 2019. Residents presented original research and case reports.

Third Annual LGBTQ Symposium
Dr. Phillip Arellano (PGY-3), with the aid of Drs. Metzger and Artunduaga (PGY-2) and the College of Medicine's LGBTQ interest group, successfully led the third annual LGBTQ Symposium held at Drexel University College of Medicine.

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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