Department of Psychiatry
Clinical Assistant Professor - CPEP Attending
Addictions; Behavioral pharmacology; Drug abuse; Maternal - Fetal Medicine; Psychiatry; Teratology
I was blessed with unselfish, dedicated educators who where willing and available any time of the day to discuss an interesting patient. I am who I am, because of these wonderful mentors, and teaching gives me personal satisfaction. I have been giving back to the society by teaching, supervising and mentoring medical students, residents, nurses, fellows, doing presentations for the public.
Medical students are the building blocks of tomorrows physicians.. Medical students in general have very limited knowledge of psychiatry before they start their psychiatry rotation and if they have some knowledge of psychiatry it is non cohesive. Identifying medical students who are interested in psychiatry , and developing their interest in psychiatry will bring in psychiatrist who love what they do, as opposed to somebody using psychiatry as a back up. Communication skills, and empathy helps a physician to establish rapport with patient‘s and their family members. Difficult behaviors exhibited by patients at times are not necessarily a hallmark of psychiatric illness . Teaching medical students to develop empathy and good communication skills, helps them grow into an efficient physician. Even if psychiatry is not going to be their field of future interest, teaching them to recognize psychiatric illness, and how to triage them if necessary is prudent.
Educating the general public as well as my colleagues from other fields and in psychiatry, on the importance of identifying, and managing pregnant women with mental health issues and issues with addiction is my passion.