The Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and the Boston Medical Center serve a population of wide socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural diversity. The Medical School and Medical Center have earned an international reputation for excellence in clinical care, education, and research. The faculty and staff of the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center affirm the following mission statement for the Department, including its enterprise for clinical care, research, and training.

With these guiding principles the Department of Psychiatry:

Trains medical and physician assistant students in the clinical concepts necessary to facilitate effective provider-patient interactions, as well as implement the finest educational programs for mental health trainees of all disciplines. To teach them to recognize, diagnose, and treat patients suffering with mental illness across a variety of health care settings.

Performs basic and clinical research relevant to the understanding and development of new treatments for patients with mental illness. Our goal is to advance and deepen our understanding of the causes of psychiatric illnesses to facilitate the development of more effective diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies for a wide array of psychiatric disorders.

Trains a new generation of psychiatrists, psychologists, medical students, physician assistants, and other mental health providers by providing them with didactic and clinical experiences developed by expert faculty.

Provides exceptional clinical care without exception to patients of all ages and backgrounds using therapeutic modalities most appropriate to the patients’ needs and provided by specialists in the field and by trainees under the supervision of outstanding practitioners and teachers.

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