As always, our patients are our greatest teachers. They represent an enormously diverse group with respect to race, ethnicity, country of origin and immigration status, language, socioeconomic status, gender, sexuality, education, etc. We get to know them in multiple settings, from the outpatient clinic to the emergency department to the inpatient surgical services. Residents very much appreciate the breadth of patients to whom we are exposed and provide care.
When residents develop interest in a particular patient population and desire further exposure, the program is incredibly supportive in facilitating the opportunity to develop a tailored clinical experience to promote the resident’s expertise and work to further develop the hospital’s capacity for treating that population. For example, a recent MGH/McLean graduate, Alek Keuroghlian, developed a clinical interest in transgender patients, tailored his clinical experience to support his interest, learned and grew from the experience, and has since facilitated both other residents’ and faculty’s continued interest in providing informed care for this psychiatrically underserved population.
We are proud of our community rotations that provide us the opportunity to work with underserved populations, including through the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, Mass Mental Healthcare, Revere Counseling , South Cove Community Health Center, and at the various MGH-affiliated community health centers in Revere, Chelsea, East Boston,and Charlestown. We have been expanding these opportunities on the basis of specialized resident interest to include Codman Square Health Center, Dimock Community Health Center, and Fenway Health.
Many of our trainees expand their expertise beyond the Boston area into the realm of global psychiatry in the 3rd and 4th years. Others use the practices and principles of global psychiatry to focus on global communities right here in our own backyard — for example, researching barriers to care through church outreach among African immigrants in the nearby town of Lowell, MA, or addressing disparities in mental health service utilization among immigrants in Boston’s Chinatown.
In our mission to matter greatly to the universe of those who suffer psychiatric disorders, to understand all causes from biology to social determinants, and to minister to those who do suffer, in our communities and worldwide, we cannot succeed without being a diverse and inclusive family. To that end, it is essential to this department to expand the diversity of our training programs, our faculty and the populations here and internationally that we serve. ~Jerry Rosenbaum, Chief, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Diversity is the richness of human differences. Inclusion is when everyone is valued, engaged, and feels connected. At Massachusetts General Hospital, we believe that because of diversity we will excel; through inclusion we will respect; focused on equity we will serve, heal, educate and innovate. ~Massachusetts General Hospital