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Message from the Chairman

David A. Lewis, MD

The principal objectives of our residency training program is to prepare clinicians who are both accomplished in state-of-the-art clinical skills and knowledge and equipped to pursue careers that will improve the future practice of psychiatry. To this end, the Department provides an exciting academic climate with multiple opportunities for residents to pursue their intellectual interests, build life-long learning strategies, develop research and laboratory skills, and gain the experience for a successful career as a clinician, clinician-scientist, clinician-educator and/or clinician-administrator. For example, the research track within our residency program can be tailored to the needs of individual residents, and we have a number of training grants and programs that provide support for continued research career development after residency. Similarly, our Academic Administrator Clinician Educator (AACE) Track provides a didactic program and mentored experiences in clinical leadership and education.

These training experiences are provided within a leading academic medical center that is meeting the constantly changing demands of clinical service, training, and research. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) are uniquely qualified to implement innovations in behavioral health care made possible by the explosion of basic research relevant to psychiatry and required by the market forces of health care reform. We are the foremost non-governmental site of psychiatric research in the United States, second only to the National Institute of Mental Health's intramural program in size and scope. We are also a regional provider of medical and psychiatric care for the tri-state area of western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and eastern Ohio, and are the major provider of mental health care services to the chronically and persistently mentally ill of Allegheny and the adjoining counties in Pennsylvania. These functions define WPIC as a regional and national force in academic and public sector psychiatry, and place us at the forefront of health care initiatives to treat homeless, substance dependent, and forensic psychiatric patients. The Department and WPIC are also known for our initiatives in global mental health, with ongoing activities and collaborations in Egypt, India, Israel, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and many other locales.

In our effort to train psychiatry's future leaders, we seek to attract residents whose common characteristics are a desire to learn and a capacity to excel. The psychiatrist of the future must be equally adept at psychiatric differential diagnosis, medical and psychosocial treatments, health care team management, and medical economics. We continue to identify cutting-edge treatment approaches to improve the lives of our patients and we are committed to teaching our future clinicians the skills necessary to successfully implement these approaches. We urge you to join us in shaping the future of our exciting discipline.

David A. Lewis, M.D. 
Thomas Detre Professor of Academic Psychiatry and Chair
Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Medical Director, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic