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July 1, 2014

GME Program Expands to Include Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship

On July 1, 2014, the University of South Alabama graduate medical education program expanded to include a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship. The program is directed by Dr. Eddie Finn, assistant professor of psychiatry, in collaboration with AltaPointe Health Care Systems.

The first class to begin training this summer is comprised of three physicians.

“As faculty of the USA department of psychiatry, we are all engaged in the clinical work and teaching programs of AltaPointe and the USA College of Medicine,” said Dr. Finn. “We were eager to address a significant shortage area in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.” 

Because of the shortage of trained child and adolescent psychiatry professionals in the area...see more...

Teaching clinical excellence in an atmosphere of compassion, integrity, and respect.

The primary goal of the residency training program is to produce physicians who provide high quality psychiatric services in a variety of contemporary settings and to identify and mentor those who are capable of becoming leaders in the field of psychiatry. First and foremost our philosophy emphasizes that as clinicians we must be dedicated and available to our patients. Our program recognizes that training for the current and future practice of psychiatry requires continued utilization of new research in a field that is rapidly developing in order to go beyond the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes residents need to develop a professional identity.

The residency program partners with a well established mental health organization called AltaPointe Health Systems which offers a wide variety of choices of clinical experiences. Under the leadership of Tuerk Schlesinger, CEO, AltaPointe has Alabama's largest regional community behavioral health provider with more than 750 clinical and non-clinical staff members who serve more than 15,000 children, adolescents and adults annually. AltaPointe is the only community mental health center in Alabama to become accredited by the Joint Commission and was the first community mental health center in Alabama to have a complete Electronic Medical Record and e-prescribing.  AltaPointe operates two psychiatric hospitals to provide access to the poorly insured or uninsured. It provides psychiatric hospitalists to the only general medical/surgical hospital in the area that has an inpatient psychiatric unit, and provides telehealth child psychiatry services to rural regions of Alabama. AltaPointe also performs consultations in five of the area's six general hospitals. In addition to training psychiatry residents, AltaPointe doctors lead the third year psychiatry clerkship at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. 

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