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The Department of Psychiatry Is Making Gala Plans for Its 60th Anniversary

Friday, August 13, 2010

 It's time to celebrate psychiatry.

This year the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine is celebrating its 60th anniversary! This celebratory year will culminate in a scientific symposium and evening gala on Thursday, September 16, 2010 at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel.

Concurrently “Changing Times, Changing Minds: 100 Years of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine” will be released.  This major history book, over three years in the making and written by an award-winning science author, documents through oral history the evolution of psychiatry at the School of Medicine from the beginning of the 20th century. Based upon extensive histories and documents provided by many past and current members of the University community, this book describes changes in psychiatry at the local and national levels and enriches awareness more broadly of our institution and community.

The Department is dedicated to providing excellence in biomedical education, basic and clinical research, quality patient care and service to improve the health of the citizens of Maryland and beyond. In conjunction with The University of Maryland Medical System, the Department operates a large clinical service program. Major divisions of this program include general adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and community psychiatry.

The Department has long been a center of excellence in the education of psychiatrists and patient care. Our training program is nationally recognized for its enduring partnership with the State of Maryland, developing and sustaining a workforce of psychiatrists who serve throughout the State. In recent years we have partnered with the Sheppard Pratt Health System, creating one of the premier psychiatric training programs in the country. Our Department is actively involved in the education of medical students, promoting a comprehensive approach to patient care, including our Combined Advanced Program in Psychiatry (CAPP) that attracts the best and brightest students.

The Department also has well established and highly productive programs of research. The department's current research - which is focused heavily in the area of severe mental illnesses (in particular, schizophrenia) - is conducted at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC); the VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center; and the Division of Services Research. In addition, in recent years the department has initiated new research programs in child and adolescent disorders, addictions, mood disorders and geriatrics.

The Department of Psychiatry enthusiastically invites all to participate in their anniversary celebration. For more details, please visit the annivesary page of their website.

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