Psychiatry Teams Up with Beijing Anding Hospital to Establish Exchange Program

The UAB Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce that it has launched a scholar exchange program with Beijing Anding Hospital, a mental health facility affiliated with the Capital Medical University, Beijing, China.  The hospital has 800 in-patient beds and large out-patient clinic, including over 500 physicians and nurses.  This exchange program allows Chinese Psychiatrists in their earlier professional careers to come abroad to receive advanced training in psychiatric and psychological treatment, learning new treatment concepts, and are exposed to cutting-edge psychiatric research in psychiatry.  It will also create opportunities for clinicians and researchers in the UAB Department of Psychiatry to visit Anding Hospital in Beijing and explore the large patient population, treatment strategies successfully used in developing countries, and potential research collaborations.  In the phase 1 plan, a junior psychiatrist from Anding Hospital is scheduled to receive 6-month clinical training in the UAB Department of Psychiatry, and this plan is now successfully in place.  Dr. Meng Fan, M.D., the first exchange scholar from Anding Hospital, has arrived to Birmingham in April and has begun her 6-month training.  She will have the opportunity to observe in-patient service, geriatric psychiatry, consult/emergency psychiatry, clinical research, as well as attending Psychiatry grand rounds and other Psychiatry resident didactics.  The Department of Psychiatry plans to use this exchange program to foster young psychiatrists and researchers of both countries to broaden their knowledge in mental health and provide better psychiatric services to the some 20% population in the world who suffer from severe mental illnesses.