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The Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship, offered through Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, is open to candidates who have completed an ACGME-approved psychiatry residency or fellowship.
The focus of the program is to help fellows develop skills in administration, leadership and cultural and religious sensitivity, and to gain a deeper understanding of systems of care, mental health advocacy, health maintenance and prevention and addiction and recovery.
The Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center offers the opportunity for fellows to earn a graduate certificate in public health, which will provide 15 credits toward a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree.
Fellowship curriculum combines a strong didactic base with clinical experiences in community settings as well as supervision, expert speakers in community psychiatry, participation in national conferences and completion of a research/QI project.
Learn More about the Fellowship
The mission of the Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship is to create a program that promotes administrative leadership, ethical decision making, empathy, service in the public and community sectors, strong communication skills and cultural awareness and sensitivity. The program will emphasize understanding of the needs of communities through training in health maintenance and prevention, recovery, psychosocial interventions, systems of care and administrative and advocacy exposure and experience. This vision statement is in accordance with Pennsylvania State Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health’s aim “to achieve excellence through the integration of education, research, patient care and service to the community.”
The program operates under the values of:
- Respect for everyone
- Trust, honesty and integrity in all things
- Teamwork and collaboration internally and externally
- Compassion for everyone
- Diversity of workforce, patients, students and leaders
- Excellence in all things
The fellowship’s goal is to recruit, train and retain psychiatrists to be effective local, national and global leaders in the community.
General Application Information
Candidates must be have completed an ACGME-approved psychiatry residency or fellowship before the start of this program.
To apply, submit the following information:
- Curriculum vitae
- Medical school transcript
- Personal statement
- USMLE transcript
- ECFMG status report
- Letter of recommendation from current program director
- Additional letter of recommendation
- Training verification form
Materials should be sent to:
Daisy Shirk, DO
Program Director, Public and Community Psychiatry Fellowship
Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute
2501 N. Third St.
Harrisburg, PA 17110
- Completion of psychiatry residency
- Unrestricted license to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to the start of the fellowship
- Suboxone DEA X Wavier and DEA Clozapine REM certification
Penn State Health
Penn State Health is a multi-hospital health system serving patients and communities across 29 counties of Pennsylvania. Its mission is to improve health through patient care, research, education and community outreach.
In December 2017, the system partnered with Highmark Health to facilitate creation of a value-based, community care network in the region. The shared goal of Highmark and Penn State Health is to ensure patients in the community are within:
- 10 minutes of a Penn State Health primary care provider
- 20 minutes of Penn State Health specialty care
- 30 minutes of a Penn State Health acute care facility
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
500 University Dr., Hershey, Pa., 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- The health system’s 548-bed flagship teaching and research hospital
- The only medical facility in Pennsylvania accredited as both an adult and a pediatric Level I (highest-level) trauma center
- Dedicated surgical, neuroscience, cardiovascular, trauma and medical intensive care units
- Accredited Life Lion critical-care transport providing more than 1,100 helicopter and approximately 750 ground ambulance transports per year
- More than 1,300 faculty members and more than 650 residents and fellows
- Approximately 28,500 admissions, 75,000 emergency department visits, 1.1 million outpatient visits and 32,000 surgical procedures annually
- Designated as a Magnet hospital three times
Penn State Children’s Hospital
600 University Dr., Hershey, Pa. 17033 (Derry Township, Dauphin County)
- A five-story, 263,000-square-foot-facility built in 2013
- Three-floor expansion opened in November 2020
- Level IV (highest-level) neonatal intensive care unit
- Level I (highest-level) pediatric trauma center designation
- Dedicated pediatric operating rooms
- More than 150,000 pediatric outpatient visits and approximately 5,000 pediatric patient discharges annually
Welcome to Hershey
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Fellow wellness, including emotional, spiritual, social and physical health, is a crucial component to training and to becoming a professional, compassionate and resilient physician. Self-care is a skill which must be continually practiced and reinforced. Penn State College of Medicine and Penn State Health are committed to addressing wellness, with multiple resources readily available.
Penn State Health celebrates, embraces and supports the diversity of all patients, faculty, staff, students and trainees.
In keeping with this, the institution has an active Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with various programs, networks and resource groups, including:
- Regular talks and lectures on diversity, equity and inclusion
- Periodic town halls on topics such as eradicating racism and creating a culture of inclusiveness
- An allyship support group
- Many affinity resource network groups, including:
- Disability Affinity Resource Network Group
- Group on Women in Medicine and Science
- Interfaith Affinity Resource Network Group
- LGBTQ and Allies Affinity Resource Network Group
- Military/Veterans Affinity Resource Network Group
- Multicultural Affinity Resource Network Group
- A new organization specifically for trainees, the Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows
In addition, the institution does not tolerate discrimination, biases, microaggression, harassment or learner mistreatment of any kind, and any concerns are immediately addressed by the Office for a Respectful Learning Environment.