Alok Kanojia

PGY3 year marks the transition from focusing on core clinical psychiatry to independent practice, teaching, and flexibility to pursue individual interests. The bulk of my time as a PGY-3 is spent in the outpatient clinic, where I am primarily responsible for treating patients with therapy or pharmacologic management. While I am primarily responsible for making treatment decisions, close supervision with attending psychiatrists is available to provide teaching and ensure patients are receiving the best clinical care. The focus on outpatient psychiatry in PGY-3 year also offers significant flexibility, allowing time to pursue academic interests. MGH offers numerous opportunities to expand my interest in mindfulness and complementary therapies. I incorporate meditation into my therapy sessions, and even serve as a consultant to other physicians who are interested in meditation for their patients. PGY-3 year also has a significant teaching role. In addition to mindfulness in my clinical practice, I spend time training residents from several specialties at MGH in various resilience skills including meditation. Finally, I serve as a teacher to teaching junior residents during call shifts, which serves to solidify principles of psychiatric treatment for myself.

Psychiatry blends well with my primary interest of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). Some of the brightest minds in CAM conduct groundbreaking research at the Benson-Henry Institute of Mind-Body Medicine. My vision of clinical practice is integrating safe, effective CAM treatments into psychiatry. MGH / McLean has the most qualified group of clinicians and researchers to help me achieve that goal. Whether it be conversations with psychoanalysts trained in meditation or discussions with mind-body researchers about how the mind affects the brain, MGH / McLean serves as a fertile plain to grow my vision of CAM integrated into psychiatry.

I’m originally from Texas, where I attended the University of Texas at Austin. I developed an interest in CAM during college, when I studied yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda at an ashram in India. I later moved to Boston to conduct research on Tai Chi to better understand the science behind mind-body practices. I chose to remain in Boston for medical school, attending Tufts University School of Medicine while continuing CAM research. Boston is a great city for residency, as it offers a plethora of healthy and fun activities. I love the outdoors, so the numerous hiking trails, beaches, and farmer’s markets never get old. MGH offers many perks, such as discounted tickets and memberships, which are always helpful on a resident’s salary. MGH / McLean offers a wonderful opportunity to learn core medicine and complex psychiatry while nourishing unique goals through excellent mentorship.



Education

Tufts University School of Medicine, M.D., M.P.H. 2014

Tufts University, M.Biol.S., 2009, M.S.2007

University of Texas, Austin, B.S.2007