As I enter my third year of residency, I continue to be abundantly grateful to be part of the MGH/McLean community. PGY-2 year was a time of tremendous growth for me as a psychiatrist. I was able to learn psychiatry in a variety of settings, including the emergency room, a diverse group of inpatient units (geriatric, dual diagnosis, psychotic disorders), a homeless shelter for those afflicted with serious mental illness, a child and adolescent residential program and in my outpatient clinic at MGH. Additionally, I had the opportunity to supervise PGY-1 residents on the psychiatric inpatient unit at MGH and work with many medical students.
Now in PGY-3, I spend my days seeing patients in my outpatient clinic at MGH. Not only am I able to hone my psychopharmacology skills to treat a variety of disorders, but I am also seeing multiple patients for both psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral therapy. I am also spending one day a week at a local jail evaluating and following detainees with psychiatric illness. This is one of the most exciting aspects of PGY-3 year for me, as I entered residency with an interest in correctional psychiatry. So many of our patients enter the legal system and to be able to learn about their experiences and meet them in this setting is a privilege and a truly unique experience. In addition to the excitement of my clinical rotations, PGY-3 has provided me with time and opportunities to work on other projects I am passionate about. Currently, I am working on a project geared toward educating hospital staff about the use of physical restraints. Further, I recently joined the Clinician Educator Program so I can gain support and mentorship in teaching and patient advocacy.
There are so many reasons I chose MGH/McLean for my training. I applied for residency knowing I had an interest in Forensic Psychiatry, but I was also aware that interests change, and residency is a time to discover one’s passion. For that reason, while it was important for me to be at a program where I would be able to get exposure to Forensic Psychiatry, it was equally important for me to be at a program where I would see different patient populations in terms of background and illness, be trained in psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, and have research opportunities. The MGH/McLean program has provided me the opportunity to gain the broad experience and knowledge I am seeking in residency as well as the encouragement and resources to pursue my specific interests.
I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana by my mother, a criminal prosecutor (hence my interest in Forensics). However, I did have a brief detour to Boston in high school when I needed to spend a semester of my senior year away due to Hurricane Katrina. I am thrilled to be living in Boston again and training at MGH/McLean. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, going to concerts, comedy shows, reading crime thrillers, spinning, exploring the beaches of New England, and spending time with my fiancé.