Psychiatry Residency Program Features
The Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine promotes active exchange between faculty and residents, and the substantive input of residents into their postgraduate education. Andrea Stolar, M.D., Director of Residency Education, previously served as Associate Director of Residency Education. Kim-Lan Czelusta, M.D. has worked with the Residency Program as both Director of Residency Education and now as an Associate Director. Lindsay French, M.D. former Baylor Chief Resident, joined the Residency Office as an Associate Director in 2013.
There is resident representation from each residency class on the Education Policy Committee (EPC). There is a monthly resident business meeting chaired by the Departmental Chief Resident(s). A welcoming retreat, attended by all residents and fellows as well as selected faculty, to help the new residents join the program occurs each Fall. A second retreat in Spring of each year, is designed to increase the communication between residents and to provide additional formal program feedback. Planned social activities each year include a holiday gathering in early December and the Residency Graduation Dinner in June. Additionally, new residents, senior residents, resident buddies and key faculty have dinner at Dr. Stolar’s home during orientation week. Drs. Stolar, Czelusta, and French also have breakfast individually with each new resident to allow for informal feedback and relationship development.
BCM Psychiatry residents participate annually in the Mental Illness Awareness Week activities. After a preparatory series of meetings, residents provide lectures at area middle and high schools covering the topics of: What is Mental Illness?; What is a Psychiatrist?; and How One Receives Psychiatric Help. These efforts have generated public response resulting in our residents receiving the Award for Outstanding Institutional Service of the Volunteers in Public Schools--a 20,000 member Houston volunteer organization. Furthermore, scholarly reports of these activities have been published by residents in Academic Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and Hospital and Community Psychiatry.
This community outreach spirit among residents has become formalized into a resident-coordinated subcommittee of the EPC called PROPS (Psychiatry Residents Outreach to the Public Sector). Through this committee, residents have lobbied legislators in Austin, Texas; have met with Houston clergy to build bridges between the medical and religious communities in Houston; have expanded their comfort interacting with media personnel via a media training workshop; and have expanded their efforts to teach Houston students via a program with the Houston Bar Association called IDEA (Interdisciplinary Drug Education and Awareness).
General psychiatry residents at Baylor hold numerous national fellowship positions awarded by the American Psychiatric Association, the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training. The department actively supports the development of our talented residents, which enables them to have national exposure and recognition of their efforts and abilities.