WICKENBURG, Ariz., March 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders has established one of the first clinical eating disorders fellowships in the United States, offering psychiatrists and other physicians a one-year program with rigorous, hands on, supervised, and science-based clinical education in evaluating and treating all forms of eating disorders.
While other eating disorders fellowships focus on research, Rosewood's fellowship focuses on evidence from the field that supports best practices, along with actual patient care, including evaluation, intervention, treatment and relapse prevention in patients with severely disordered eating.
"Eating disorders have increased, but the number of physicians trained and planning to specialize in eating disorders has not," said Nicole Garber, MD, Rosewood's Chief of Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. "With eating disorders and obesity affecting millions of Americans, there's an urgent need for physicians with specialized knowledge and expertise in identifying and treating these conditions."
Physicians in the fellowship will be onsite at Rosewood's Wickenburg, Ariz., location, which offers comprehensive and specialized pediatric, adolescent and adult eating disorders programs.
"Too often, physicians must rely on on-the-job training rather than expert-led, academic training programs," said Dr. Dena Cabrera, Psy.D, CEDS, Clinical Director of Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders. "Our fellowship prepares psychiatrists to become caring, compassionate, and enthusiastic eating disorder treatment providers."
Specialized eating disorders training for practicing medical professionals
The fellowship is open to board eligible or board certified physicians who are or can be licensed in California and Arizona. Post-graduate year five (PGY-5) fellows will become prepared to qualify for a position at an eating disorders program in an academic or freestanding setting.
The program is led by Drs. Cabrera and Garber, a former assistant professor of psychiatry at Baylor University College of Medicine who is dual board certified in general psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry; and Amelia Davis, MD, Rosewood's Medical Director and Chief of Adult Eating Disorders Programs. Dr. Davis, formerly Chief of the Eating Disorders program at University of Florida School of Medicine, is dual board certified in psychiatry and neurology.
Professionals joining the fellowship will gain core competencies and invaluable experience by working supervised by Drs. Davis, Garber and Cabrera with patients, their families and the clinical team in Rosewood's inpatient, residential, partial hospitalization and outpatient evaluation and treatment programs.
"Not only are there too few eating disorder fellowships, those that exist in an academic setting typically focus on research, rather than treatment," noted Dr. David Baron, Acting Chairman Professor of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California. "In psychiatry, we know that there are many patients in desperate need of physicians who are trained to treat anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating and other eating disorders. Patients and their loved ones also know the importance of physicians trained in this important specialty."
"For a long time, obesity, eating disorders and other addiction related diseases haven't gotten the same level of attention as depression or other psychiatric illnesses," said Dr. Louis Aronne, MD, Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research at Weill-Cornell Medical College. "Fellowships such as the one being offered by Rosewood go a long way toward educating highly-trained physicians specializing in this important area. This will ensure greater access to evidence-based treatments for more people who suffer from these serious illnesses."
Learn more about the Eating Disorder Fellowship at http://www.rosewoodranch.com/eating-disorder-and-obesity-medicine-fellowship/.
The Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders
Rosewood Centers for Eating Disorders is a state-of-the-art facility staffed by a multidisciplinary team of experts experienced in treating the spectrum of eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder and food addiction, as well as co-occurring addictions and mood disorders. At Rosewood, men, women, and adolescents receive clinically superior treatment while immersed in the comfortable homelike environment of our stunning 13-acre campus in Arizona.
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