Mark D. Kilgus, M.D., Ph.D. and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Carilion Clinic. Virginia Tech/Carilion School of Medicine, sent a few remarks about the associated story we did last week on the Psychiatric fellow at the Botetourt County School Division.
“We cannot ignore the myriad of psychosocial issues that interfere with academic progress for a significant number of our youth. Of course early intervention is best. It is collaborative programs between the schools and medical professionals specializing in mental health that will often make the difference. I know of no other school system in the region that has prioritized such consultation. I applaud the administration at Botetourt County Public Schools for its vision to include this important training experience for our young physicians at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. It is our hope that in addition to being of benefit to the students in Botetourt County, the understanding gained by their experience in the educational system will inform these physicians how best to intervene for struggling children in the communities where they eventually practice.”