Allison Brandt

The transition to fourth year is something I have looked forward to ever since I heard about it on the interview trail. I valued the opportunity to structure the year as I want. I am particularly interested in academic community psychiatry and in residency training, and I designed my year to gain more experience with teaching, mentorship, and within the public mental health system. This year, I am honored to serve as the MGH Administrative Chief Resident and the Co-Chief Resident of Public and Community Psychiatry. As the MGH Administrative Chief Resident, I am involved in recruitment efforts and work closely with the McLean Admin Chief and the Program Directors to work to improve the training experience for all residents. As the Co-Chief Resident of Public and Community Psychiatry, I am learning about what it is like to work within the programs of the Department of Mental Health, and I am involved in organizing and teaching within the community psychiatry rotations. All the while, I continue to have the chance to be involved in the projects and programs that have run throughout my residency experience, including the Clinician Educator Program (CEP), the Program in Psychotherapy (PiP), the MGH Asylum Clinic, and the Resident Advocacy Committee (RAC). Even just a few months into the year, I can tell this year will be hugely impactful in continuing to generate my independence as a psychiatrist and helping me transition to my early career.

My interest in psychiatry began early. During college, I studied medical anthropology, and my mentor was a psychiatrist and anthropologist. I conducted field work with commercial sex workers in rural Malawi and became interested in the psychological experience of diseases such as HIV/AIDs. I pursued a master’s degree in International Development and did field work in Tanzania with orphaned young people to better understand their conceptions of wellbeing. In medical school at Johns Hopkins, I became interested in healthcare access issues across poor communities in inner-city Baltimore. At MGH/McLean, I have been delighted to be a part of an interdisciplinary community of residents, faculty, researchers, and health professionals with a focus on challenging inequities in mental health care and promoting social justice.

What drew me to MGH/McLean was primarily the people, both faculty and residents whom I met during the interview process. But that was just a first glimpse of the wonderful friendships and sense of community I have developed in residency. I feel tremendously supported by the program leadership, mentors, and co-residents, and I continue to be struck by the depth of clinical experiences and vast available resources to gain a successful foundation in psychiatry and to pursue my specific interests.


Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, M.D., 2016

University of Oxford, M.Phil., 2012

Harvard University, B.A., 2010