The Tufts University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry is an extraordinary academic and clinical enterprise. Our affiliated hospitals care for thousands of patients each year at several major medical centers in Massachusetts and Maine, train hundreds of medical students, residents and fellows. Our faculty is nationally and internationally renowned with over 20 full and clinical professors, principal investigators covering many areas of psychiatry, with expertise across the lifespan, medical and psychiatric illness. This same faculty publishes dozens of articles per year detailing their original research, scholarship and policy recommendations. They are the leaders of national and international psychiatric organizations who affect the future of our field.
Psychiatry is in a unique period in its long history. The complex and often fearsome illnesses for which we care are beginning to yield their secrets to careful clinical investigation, genetics and neuroimaging. New treatments – both psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic – are being tested in clinical trials and effectiveness studies. There is a growing and important recognition of the large illness burden of psychiatric illness in both disability and the impact on co-morbid medical illness. Our faculty and students are public citizens as well: providing care and donating their time across our city and world. From China, to Haiti, to Serbia and Tanzania, Tufts psychiatry faculty are present, bringing their expertise and compassion to a suffering world. This is a unique moment to attend medical school and to train in psychiatry. We are honored to be present for our students, trainees, field and community.
Paul Summergrad, MD
Frances S. Arkin Chair of Psychiatry