Mission & Goals

The mission of the Division of International Psychiatry at MGH is to make clinical, educational and research contributions to world mental health and to help reduce the global burden of disease by learning from our neighbors and by contributing what we know to better relieve the suffering from mental illnesses around the world. We seek to prepare a new generation of twenty-first century global psychiatrists equipped to work with international populations both in America and around the world to reduce disparities.

The goals of the Division of International Psychiatry are:

  • To educate residents to be “global psychiatrists.”

  • To support a Chief Residency in International Psychiatry, the responsibilities of which will include the ongoing development of field experiences for residents.

  • To establish under the leadership of the MGH Center for Global Health, local collaborations with groups like the Harvard Department of Social Medicine, the Harvard Program for Refugee Trauma, the Harvard HIV/AIDS programs, Partners in Health, the MGH Center for Global Health and Disaster Response, and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Division of Social Medicine and Health Equalities to further mutual education, clinical, and research goals.

  • To seek out collaborative arrangements with overseas universities and community laboratories and with the WHO Mental Health Global Action Program whereby bi-directional exchanges of faculties and trainees may be encouraged.

  • To work toward the development of International Psychiatry Fellowships to be housed in U.S. academic departments of psychiatry.

  • To encourage the development of other International Psychiatry divisions in U.S. academic departments of psychiatry.

  • To foster translatable, contextualized “best practices” in psychiatry in the developing world, making judicious use of MGH’s competitive advantage as a high profile psychiatry department through exchange programs, faculty CME and assistance in the development of overseas residency training programs, etc.

  • To foster best practices in psychiatry here at home by working to reduce disparities in the mental health of the diverse immigrant populations we now find in America.


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