Michal McDowell

I am a PGY4 in the Physician Scientist Training Program in Psychiatry (PSTP). I grew up in Dallas, TX and Indianapolis, IN, and graduated from Stanford in 2011 with a major in Human Biology and a minor in Iberian and Latin American Cultures.

After college, I moved to Washington, D.C. and spent a year and a half tracking Affordable Care Act implementation on a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. I then worked in policy research at the public policy office of the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR). My time working in health policy sparked my interest in health services research. Given my interests, I decided to pursue an MD/MPH at Harvard. At Harvard Medical School and the T.H. Chan School of Public Health, my research areas included transgender health care access and disparities, the impact of new payment models on behavioral health delivery, and optimization of behavioral health care for a large Massachusetts-based provider group with an Accountable Care Organization contract.

Given my interests in mental health, health disparities, health services research, and policy, I applied in psychiatry for residency and was thrilled to match at MGH/McLean. I am loving residency and have so enjoyed continuing to be a part of Harvard’s rich research community. Through the PSTP, I hope to combine my interests in health services research and LGBTQ health. I will be working with Haiden Huskamp in the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School and Alex Keuroghlian at Massachusetts General Hospital and Fenway Health. My plan is to explore substance use disorder treatment for sexual and gender diverse people. I am grateful for the time and resources the PSTP provides, as well as the support to attend and present at academic conferences. I look forward to continuing to take advantage of the mentorship, coursework, and grant application support the program offers.


Harvard Medical School, M.D., 2018
Harvard School of Public Health, M.P.H., 2017
Stanford University, B.A., 2011


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Harvard Medical School Honors in a Special Field, magna cum laude 2018

Primary Care Master's Scholar 2016

Phi Beta Kappa 2011