Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program
The primary goal of the fellowship 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.
The fellowship program partners with a well established mental health organization called AltaPointe Health 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, and it provides telehealth child psychiatry services to rural regions of Alabama. AltaPointe also performs consultations in five of the area's six general hospitals.
BayPointe Hospital, the only child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric hospital in South Alabama, provides fellows with an opportunity to work as members of an established team of mental health professionals in the care of a broad spectrum of children and adolescents, with added benefits from our affiliation with the Mobile County Juvenile Court. Fellows will receive training which will provide them with all the tools necessary for the developmental of a professional identity, a foundation for lifelong learning, and advancement in the field of child and adolescent psychiatry.
Program Mission Statement
The primary goal of the fellowship training program is to produce clinically excellent, academically informed, and culturally competent child and adolescent psychiatrists who provide high quality psychiatric services in the state of Alabama and the greater Gulf Coast. Our program emphasizes the treatment of children and adolescents with minor and major psychiatric illness in community settings in both Mobile and Baldwin counties. We aim to identify and mentor those who are capable of becoming leaders in the field of child and adolescent 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 child and adolescent psychiatry requires ongoing awareness and utilization of new research in a field that is rapidly developing. Our emphasis on improving the quality of life for children and adolescents aligns with our sponsoring institution's mission: We help people lead longer, better lives.
- Early identification of childhood psychiatric illness to help children ultimately lead more meaningful and productive lives.
- Utilization of evidence-based treatments including psychopharmacology and a variety of therapies.
- Collaboration with colleagues in other disciplines and specialties in a variety of hospital and community settings.
- Delivery of care to child and adolescent patients while being mindful of the role of the family and community systems of care.
- Understand developmental theory and the role of individual, family, and social systems in the prevention of disorders of childhood and adolescence.
- Comprehend the ethical principles and issues underlying clinical practice and research with children and adolescents. Foster an atmosphere that encourages life-long learning.
Program Director: Aneek Shoemaker, M.D.
Program Coordinator: Bayleigh Andrews
Address: 1015 Montlimar Drive, Suite A-210, Mobile, AL 36609
Telephone: (251) 706-5552 • Fax: (251) 706-5595