The Training Office: A conversation about mental health by trainees, for trainees.

The Training Office: A conversation about mental health by trainees, for trainees.

The field of psychiatry is undergoing an unprecedented transformation due to today's social climate. How can tomorrow's psychiatrists keep up? Welcome to the training office: a sounding board through which residents and fellows can discuss meaningful ways to influence their educational infrastructure while sharing the joys and challenges of being a trainee during this extraordinary time.... Show More

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February 17, 2021 25 min
The concept of peer mentorship is often discussed in vague, non-specific ways within the context of residency. Why is mentorship such an essential piece of the training experience and what can trainees gleam from ensuring that they gleam all they can from their mentors? Dr.Alaa ElNajjar, a child/adolescent psychiatry fellow at Albert Einstein School of Medicine, discusses Buddies Space: an innovative project aimed at connecting tra...
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The American Psychiatric Association is the largest organization of psychiatric professionals in the world. While residents and fellows are often members of the APA, most are not aware of what kinds of opportunities for career advancement such organizations can provide. Dr.Rebecca Brendel, a psychiatrist, lawyer and advocate for organizational psychiatry, shares personal stories of how she became involved with the APA and how train...
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International medical graduates (IMGs) make up nearly one fourth of the trainee work-force across medical specialties. Moving from one country to another, dealing with the nuances of a foreign language and the culture shock of working in the United States often leaves many IMGs feeling isolated and disengaged. How can training programs support the unique needs of our IMG colleagues? I speak to Dr.Souparno Mitra, a PGY2 in New York ...

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Equity in health care is a challenging and often overlooked endeavor. As trainees, we often don't realize that we can take initiative in empowering patients with resources, education and appropriate outlets to meet their needs outside of the clinical setting. Dr.Khandai, a C/L psychiatrist at the University of Illinois Chicago speaks about how we can all take steps to ensure that we are aware of biases in the clinical setting a...
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Program directors are the proverbial "boss" of a training program. While they may not be engaged with residents and fellows on a daily basis, their input and expertise is what makes or breaks the culture of a program. So what should trainees look for in a program director when deciding to choose or rank a program? Dr.Lindsay Poplinski, a PGY2 in psychiatry at Ohio Riverside Methodist Hospital, shares her insight into the q...
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A conversation with Dr. Jenice Kim, a recent graduate of the USC psychiatry training program, about the challenges she faced as she was thrusted into the world of independent practice after training. 

Dr.Kim is an adult psychiatrist in private practice in Southern California. She shares her insights into the challenges of transitioning out of training and how programs can better prepare us for the business side of psychiatry.

In th...

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A conversation with Dr.Nausheen Syed, a trainee at the University of Maryland Medical Center, about how her training program has handled physician burnout since the onset of the pandemic and what else can be done to ensure that trainee health is prioritized during these uncertain times.  Dr.Syed is a PGY3 resident-physician in family medicine at the University of Maryland Medical Center.   In this episode we discuss the following...
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A conversation with Dr. William Johansen, a new attending physician, about his personal journey of coming out during fellowship training.  Dr. Johansen speaks candidly about what allowed him to thrive and what he would like to see change within training program infrastructure as it pertains to support for LGBTQ+ trainees. Dr.Johansen is a pediatric palliative care physician who completed his fellowship training at the Universi...
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