Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a Harvard-affiliated teaching hospital located in the Longwood Medical Area of Boston. Serving as a tertiary/academic resource, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is home to several nationally recognized clinical centers of specialized expertise, including solid-organ transplantation, diabetes/ vascular surgery, obstetrics, cardiology and cardiac surgery, oncology, women's health, and treatment of people with AIDS. The medical center hosts complementary new state-of-the-art inpatient and outpatient facilities, as well as two regional outpatient centers and primary-care offices in 30 communities. Research is conducted at BIDMC in a range of specialties, including eating disorders, anxiety disorders, affective disorders, dissociative disorders, hypnosis, psychotherapy, AIDS, psychiatric issues related to medical illness, computers in psychiatry, clinical psychobiology of monoamine neurotransmitters, neuroimaging, psychiatric chemistry studies, psychosocial issues regarding diabetes (carried out at the Joslin Diabetes Center), and the relationship of medical illness to mental illness. In addition, BIDMC is in the forefront of treating patients previously cared for in the public mental health system. Please follow the link to see the extensive services provided and learning opportunities available through the BIDMC Department of Psychiatry.
We invite you to view this video, which is an account of current and former BIDMC resident physicians reflecting on their experience as trainees at BIDMC.
The Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC), formally affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, is one of the oldest public teaching hospitals in the United States and has trained several generations of leaders in American psychiatry. It is both a state mental health facility and a center of excellence in academic psychiatry, combining public service with outstanding clinical and research programs. MMHC serves an ethnically diverse catchment area of about 285,000 people in several Boston neighborhoods, with a strong commitment to care of the mentally ill regardless of their financial circumstances. Patients seen at MMHC suffer from the full range of psychiatric illnesses: schizophrenia, affective disorders, serious personality disorders, trauma and anxiety disorders, co-morbid substance abuse, and disorders of psychological development. Thus, our patient population runs the gamut from homeless individuals with chronic psychosis to students and working people. Services provided include: Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Partial Hospital Program, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Partial Hospital Program, Specialized Outpatient Programs (Prevention and Recovery in Early Psychosis, Transitional Age Youth Program, Mentally Ill with Problematic Sexual Behaviors, Healthcare for the Homeless Outreach, Intensive DBT Outpatient Program, Continuing Care program), as well as psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation, and outreach and housing programs.
Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) is a 395-bed academic pediatric hospital that is world-renowned and consistently ranked as one of the best pediatric hospitals. It has a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, and also trains other mental health clinicians specializing in child and adolescents. In addition to the two-month rotation during the PGY-2 year residents may collaborate with mentors at BCH for their scholarly projects and continue on to child and adolescent fellowship training at Boston Children’s Hospital. Please follow this link for more about the psychiatry department at BCH.
Fenway Community Health (FCH) is a community medical center located about half a mile from BIDMC. FCH’s mission is to serve the LGBT community of Boston, as well as all members of the Fenway community They offer a broad range of general medical care, mental health, and substance abuse services. In addition, Fenway Community Health has been a leader in the treatment of HIV/AIDS and provides special services for youth ages 12-29, with a special focus on disenfranchised (e.g., homeless, gang-involved) populations. Fenway Community Health also provides innovative services to better engage patients with substance use disorders who may struggle in more traditional outpatient settings. In addition, the Fenway Institute supports research, education, and public policy advocacy designed to improve health care for LGBT patients, wherever they may live.
During their training at BIDMC-HPRTP, residents will have the opportunity to provide direct care to patients and work in collaborative care setting at FCH. Opportunities for work at the Fenway Institute are also available as a potential site for residents’ Scholarly Projects.
Mount Auburn Hospital is a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital located in Cambridge(about 4 miles from the Longwood campus) with a long history of training Harvard medical students, residents, and fellows. Our resident will rotate on general medicine wards for a total of four months during their PGY-1 year.
In addition to the above sites, our residents have the opportunity to rotate in selective experiences at a variety of sites, including:
- Boston Healthcare for the Homeless program
- The Brookline Mental Health Center, home to the Centar for Early Detection and Response to Risk (CEDAR) program, an early-intervention program for patients at high risk for development of psychosis.
- College mental health clinics at Simmons University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University
- Dimock Community Mental Health Center
- Suffolk County Court Clinic