The Department of Psychiatry was created in 1963 when the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology split into two separate departments. (See the history of our department.) Eli Robins, the Head of the Department, together with Sam Guze and George Winokur, developed an approach to psychiatric education that considered clinical care and research to be part of a continuum. This model was designed to encourage medical students and residents to develop into critical, tough-minded thinkers who would become physicians with the skills and attitudes to understand data-driven advances in our field. Evidenced-based psychiatry developed from this integrated approach. The role model Robins, Guze, and Winokur set as educator-clinician-researchers continues in the present day department, and residents and medical students continue to be taught by senior faculty with strong backgrounds in clinical care and research. Educating the next generation of leaders in clinical care and academic medicine remains a top priority.
As you will see on the following pages, the current Department of Psychiatry is involved in education at all levels of the Medical School. Our involvement in medical student education begins in first year and second year medical student courses. First and second year medical students also have the opportunity to interact with members of the department in informal dinner meetings organized through the student chapter of SIGN (the student interest group in neuroscience, which includes both neurology and psychiatry). In January of each year, second year medical students participate in what is unofficially called "brain month." Both psychiatry and neurology dominate this month with intensive courses. During the third year clerkship, students have the opportunity to choose exposure to child and adolescent psychiatry, consultation psychiatry, or outpatient psychiatry in addition to experience in inpatient psychiatry. The Department offers numerous fourth year student electives, which appeal to both those planning a career in psychiatry as well as those interested in primary care.
George Winokur became the first residency director of the department in 1955. Since that time, the program has been providing forward thinking education to psychiatrists-in-training. Our residency program is rich in the variety of clinical rotations and electives offered, as well as both formal and informal didactic teaching. The opportunities for residents to become involved in research are great, both at the clinical and basic science levels. We are fortunate to have a faculty with outstanding expertise in all aspects of psychiatry, including neurosciences and psychotherapies.
Our Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is composed of outstanding faculty members who are dedicated clinicians, educators, and researchers teaching medical students, general psychiatry residents, child psychiatry fellows, and pediatricians. Many psychiatric illnesses develop in utero or during the early decades of life, and we believe firmly that the best hope for designing more effective treatment and prevention strategies will come from harnessing the incredible plasticity of the developing brain. The state-of-the-art research that our child and adolescent faculty are leading is extraordinarily exciting.
The Department also has multiple postgraduate research fellowship programs. These programs are geared to provide training for MDs, MD-PhDs, and PhDs who are interested in developing productive research careers. Presently, these research fellowships are funded by six NIH-funded training grants and include programs in developmental science, neurobiology, genetics, and behavioral medicine.
These educational programs are described in more detail on the following pages, and we invite you to explore the wealth of opportunities that our department offers. We hope you sense the enthusiasm we have for advancing the field of psychiatry through education, clinical care, and research.
Gene Rubin, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry
Vice Chair for Education
Chuck Zorumski, M.D.
Samuel B. Guze Professor
Head of Department