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Psychiatry supports a vibrant community of talented and diverse students, residents and faculty.
 

Residents:


The residents in this program are a special group! We are committed to celebrating our differences, interpersonal growth, and engaging in critical discussions that expand our understanding of and comfort with the diverse experiences of each other. While some of these conversations have occurred in the context of formal didactics (see below), many occur in less formal resident forums such as noon conferences. In the past year, residents openly led and attended forums on the deaths of Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, police officers in Dallas, and the Orlando Pulse Night Club massacre. We are dedicated to better understanding our local and global environments and searching for opportunities to further justice in our communities.

Beginning in 2015, MGH/McLean residents have spearheaded the Resident Advocacy Committee, a group dedicated to challenging systemic disparities in our hospitals and communities and promoting activism and service. With support from program administration and faculty in Community Psychiatry, the RAC residents created two impressive didactics series focused on the topics of racism and advocacy. These curricula have since been presented at national conferences.

Resident Profiles: (Please hover over to read)


Faculty

Our faculty demonstrate a consistent desire to support the experiences of the residents and to improve and expand upon the diversity already robustly represented in our curriculum. Strong mentorship is a core feature of our program, and our mentors and supervisors are committed to our individual personal development as physicians with diverse backgrounds and experiences. For example, residents are developing a book based on their racism curriculum with Dr. Jerry Rosenbaum, the Chief of Psychiatry at MGH. Faculty members with their own minority experiences have been particularly helpful in providing insight into our growth as we navigate this path to becoming psychiatrists. We enjoy picking their brains in supervision, but can attest to even more fun had over dinner, while traveling on global trips, while planning for residency didactics or national workshops, or through monthly meetings of the Centers for Diversity at both MGH and McLean.

In 2015, MGH opened the Disparities Research Unit headed by HMS Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Margarita Alegría. This interdisciplinary unit is funded by multiple NIH grants to generate innovative mental health services research that impacts service delivery for multicultural populations. Residents have enjoyed both mentorship and participation in this group’s research.

Dr. Carol Wool returns to Ghana yearly to provide psychiatric care, here with resident Mimi Owusu and attending Asha Parekh

 

McLean faculty Kimberlyn Leary and Stephanie Pinder-Amaker with APA-president Altha Stewart

The McLean Committee on Diversity and Inclusion (MCDI) was initiated in September 2015 following the recommendations of the McLean OCAO task force on diversity, and serves as a hospital-wide resource, with representation across McLean’s mission elements, professional disciplines, roles, and dimensions of diversity.

The MCDI advises leadership responsible for diversity and inclusion initiatives and educational programming and aims to provide diverse perspectives and feedback about diversity and inclusion-related needs assessments, planning, goals, strategies, implementation, and evaluation of initiatives. The MCDI acts as an umbrella committee to all diversity and inclusion matters hospital-wide and joins and aligns with a number of subcommittees and task forces.

The Implicit Bias Task Force is charged with reviewing the wealth of existing literature in implicit bias and considering how findings might be applied across McLean’s clinical, training, and research mission elements. The LGBTQ Task Force is charged with reviewing the wealth of existing literature, working in concert with Partners Health Equity and Quality (HEQ) committee on their initiatives, and considering how findings might be applied throughout the hospital. Recommendations from these in-depth reviews are presented to the MCDI for consideration and advancement to the President’s Cabinet.


Patient care

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, Alex 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.