Psychiatry and Medicine

The Division of Psychiatry & Medicine integrates specialized psychiatry and medical services while maintaining their diverse characters and strengths.

News & Information

Dr. Steve Schlozman has an article entitled Psychiatric Drugs: The NewPharmacopoeia published in Newsweek (5/1/05): http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7773834/site/newsweek/. He also recently addressed the Northeast Regional UNOS meeting regarding developmental challenges in solid organ transplantation.

On April 9, 2005, Dr. Richard Goldberg was a featured speaker at Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital incommemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Salk Polio Vaccine and thepolio patients and health professionals who cared for them. Other speakers were Dr. Tenley Albright, the Olympic Gold Medalist figure skating champion, and Dr. Julie Silver, director of the International Rehabilitation Center for Polio,affiliated with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Dr. Darin Dougherty and his colleagues are pleased with the results of the first brain scans ever done on people while they wrestled with their anger. Probing Inappropriate Rage , Looking into Angry Brains, By William J. Cromie, Harvard News Office http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2004/08.26/01-anger.html

Dr. Ted Stern received the Phillip L. Isenberg Teaching Award (the overall best teacher award) from the 2004 graduating class of the MGH/McLean Adult Residency Training Program; it was the third time he has received the best teacher award. He is the President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.

The Avery D. Weisman, M.D. Psychiatric Consultation Service: The 2004 Winner of the Alan Stoudemire Award for Innovation and Excellence in Consultation-Liaison Education

SternThe Psychiatric Consultation Service at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), under the direction of Theodore A. Stern, M.D., FAPM, is, and has been, a key player in our institution's training of psychiatric residents, psychiatric fellows, and medical students. Moreover, it has served as a template for the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine's (APM's) “Recommended Guidelines for Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Training in Psychiatry Residency Programs.

Founded in 1956 by Avery Weisman, and with one psychiatric resident, Tom Hackett, the service performed 130 consultations in its first year. Over the years several hundred residents and students have been actively involved on our service; more than 75 fellows have graduated from our Fellowship program. It has guided our trainees to the essentials of consultation psychiatry, and provided them with an in-depth curriculum of neuropsychiatry. We have been blessed by brilliant and charismatic leaders, e.g., Avery Weisman, Tom Hackett, Ned Cassem, and George Murray.

Despite the reduction in hospital beds, our service performs nearly 3,000 initial consultations per year (as well as several thousand additional follow-up visits) on medical and surgical inpatients. We consult on 8%-10% of all adults admitted to the MGH.

Three functions provided by our consultation service are patient care, teaching, and research; joint research projects with members of other disciplines have been the cornerstone of larger ones, and have cemented relationships with members of other medical disciplines. Each case is reviewed at rounds (two hours long, three times each week for residents; one-hour long, four days per week for fellows) and bedside teaching is a mainstay of teaching. Observation of a variety of interviewing styles is encouraged; unique styles of bedside teaching invigorate the process. At the beginning of the rotation a 25-hour series of introductory lectures on practical aspects of consultation psychiatry is conducted.

Each trainee also delivers two formal (45-minute) reviews of the literature that are elaborated on by a senior discussant. These weekly Psychosomatic Conferences not only produce presentations of high quality but they lead to improved speaking skills and to professional publications. Moreover, they form the beginning of specialized interests and expertise for residents and fellows. Lectures are also provided each month to medical house officers on topics at the interface of medicine, primary care, and psychiatry.

Dr. William Pirl has received the APOS New Investigator Award for his work in Psycho-oncology research. He will be receiving his award and presenting at the APOS meeting in Orlando later in January 2004.

Dr. Paula K. Rauch was awarded the Compassionate Caregiver Award at the Kenneth B. Schwartz Center for her work with the PACT program and the Child Consultation Service. Dr. Rauch's work has been vital to many children and families while they struggle with serious illness.

Behavioral Medicine Program in the Division of Psychiatry and Medicine has been established under the Directorship of Steven Safren, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Dr. Ted Stern on his appointment as Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
The Division is enriched by his scholarship and teaching. Dr. Stern now joins Dr. Ned Cassem as one of 2 full Professors in our Division.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Psychosomatic/Consultation Psychiatry Fellowship please reference the following link: www2.massgeneral.org/allpsych/FellowshipProgram/PSYCHOSOMATICfellowship_home.htm

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